In order to educate the public and combat the prevalence of colorectal cancer, the second-leading cause of cancer death in the country, Canada has taken the logical step of constructing a 40-foot-long touring colon. The interactive colon, which according to this AOL report, resembles “a disturbing take on the traditional bouncy castle,” features informative video lectures on a variety of colon diseases as well as an (Italian?) muppet named Dr. Preventino.
If you would like to see a giant, inflated polyp, you can take a video tour here. I can imagine that thousands of bored schoolchildren have forcibly toured the inflatable colon in the few years it’s been traveling through Canada, but I have a hard time imaging adults, who should be the real targets of colon health education, voluntarily spending a Saturday afternoon this way (“Hey, Hon! Dr. Preventino and the giant colon are in town! Let’s have an early lunch of leafy green vegetables, followed by a single aspirin and then walk briskly over to city center to check it out.”).
Of course, I haven’t been to Canada, so this could be makings of a heady weekend, for all I know. I don’t think it’s a bad idea, actually, just that they could have gone farther with it. Why not tie it in with a waterpark, and construct a Journey Through A Urinary Tract Infection Slide, for example? A cancer-cell versus radiotherapy shoot-’em-out game? I see no reason that if South Korea can have a sex theme park, Canada couldn’t have an awesome public health theme park. Everybody wins!
If you would like to get in on my public-health theme park, please submit your medical tie-in ideas for roller coasters, log chutes ,vertical drops, etc in the comments. Canada’s Ministry of Health? Have your people call mine and let’s make this happen.