Usually my daughter eats a hot lunch at school, but today I had to pack a sack lunch for her to take on a field trip. Her class is going to hear a talk at the Kauffman Center sponsored by National Geographic. The speaker is Kobie Boykins, a NASA engineer working with the Mars missions.
Based on the title of this post, you ‘re probably wondering what Mars and male anatomy have in common, right? I’ll get to that.
First, I should probably mention that my daughter is 13 years old and in seventh grade. As a substitute teacher, I’ve learned over the years to be very careful of my language in middle school classrooms. I don’t mean avoiding obvious bad language or innuendos. These are young people whose endocrine systems are flooding their developing bodies and minds with hormones. They will hear double entendres in words and phrases I never imagined might be taken that way until hearing a class of middle school students snickering and thinking, “What did I say? What did I say?”
So I was talking with my daughter yesterday about the field trip, saying something parental such as “That sounds like a fascinating topic.” And then my daughter informs me that the reason she’s looking forward to the field trip is because she’s heard the NASA engineers programmed a Mars Rover to draw a penis on the moon.
So there’s your connection between Mars and male anatomy, courtesy of the middle school mind. Snicker, snicker.
Out of curiosity, I Googled the topic (never in my life thought I’d be using the Google search terms “penis on Mars”) and found this, in case you want to see pictures (no graphic images, just some lines in the red dust of Mars, but if your workplace is especially conservative, you might want to wait until you get home to click this link): http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/24/mars-rover-penis-draws-nasa_n_3148422.html
It’ll take you to an article published by the Huffington Post titled “Mars Rover ‘Draws’ Penis On Red Planet & NASA Picture Goes Viral (PHOTO, VIDEO).”
The things I learn as the parent of a middle school child.
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