Monday, June 2, 2014

The Smell

This is not the thing you want to see on the whiteboard when you get into class in the morning:


Although, it did make for an entertaining day. Some periods the sophomores saw it right away. Other periods they didn't notice it until we'd been in class for a half hour. At least, that's when someone announced it loudly and pointed to it.

I figured that the students had some idea what a "cat cave" was. One girl explained it like she knew exactly what the teacher was talking about. It had to do with feral cats and burrows. (We were in the middle of campus, so I would have thought a cat problem would have been taken care of by the administration.)

Only after one of the neighboring teachers stopped by and noticed the note did I learn what a "cat cave" was.

Our classroom was at the end of a building. Jutting off at a right angle from our building was another building that contained one classroom. A science classroom. More specifically, an anatomy and physiology class.

Currently, they're dissecting. Cats.

Next door to us is their storage room.

On the bright side, I did not notice any foul odors. Although, I was in there all day. Later periods made mention that the room did smell.

At least I was only there for one day.

16 comments:

  1. Ugh. I hated it when the A&P class at my high school reached the cat dissection stage in the curriculum. The smell was terrible and permeated one entire wing of the building.

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  2. I can't imagine dissecting a cat at school.

    At my first secondary school we dissected a kidney and a heart (courtesy of a local butcher). At my second it was a dandelion!

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    1. I want to dissect a dandelion!

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    2. Me too! No cats for me...I would have to fail. I didn't make it through the frog...the only D I ever got...ever.

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    3. Lisa, I think the only reason I did okay with the frog was because my lab partner did the work.

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  3. Eww. Dissecting cats? We had to dissect a fetal pig when I was in high school and it was disgusting. I don't know if I could have handled a cat!

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    1. The anatomy & physiology is not a required science class. Instead, some students take physics, forensics, or environmental science.

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  4. I wouldn’t have know what a cat cave was either. I have no experience with dissection. And I’m kinda glad that I don’t.

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  5. I'm glad you found out what a cat cave was. I'm not sure I would have lasted in class if dissecting a cat was part of the curriculum. Good thing you weren't substituting for that class!

    betty

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  6. So gross.

    When did they start dissecting CATS?

    We did sharks, which were horrible. They had this oil that stunk, and it stuck to you for days.

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    1. Sharks... Hmmm... That would be interesting.

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  7. Yuk! That's awful. We had milk spilled in the bottom of the classroom fridge tray that smelled like a dead animal and we couldn't find the source for a few days... but real dead animals... phew!

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    1. And smells just sort of linger in classrooms. Yuk!

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  8. I dropped a biology class in college because I couldn't go through with the process of dissecting a cat (very medieval sounding when described by the teacher), and switched to an anthropology class. I could just imagine the smell.

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    1. Good thing I couldn't smell it, I suppose. I didn't have to dissect anything in college. One of the benefits of taking physical science!

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