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Mars and Male Anatomy

Mars and Male Anatomy

Postby JoLynne on Tue May 14, 2013 10:10 am

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 the Kauffman Center to hear a talk 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.

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 not to open this link until you get home): http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/2 ... 48422.html

It's an article from 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. :roll:

Snicker, snicker.
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Re: Mars and Male Anatomy

Postby honeypie on Tue May 14, 2013 11:06 am

I subbed in junior high p e last week and will never again say "hold the balls" . Just didn't think
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Re: Mars and Male Anatomy

Postby JoLynne on Tue May 14, 2013 12:00 pm

<grin> I'm sure there was much snickering.
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