At previous stops in this nationally touring exhibition people named “Lou” and “John” were granted free admission. I suppose if your last name was “Crapper”, “Assman” or “Stulberg” you might also qualify. That’s because, as the adjacent picture alludes to, this show addresses the history of the toilet.

Sitting Pretty opens today at the Plains Museum (1835 Scarth). Suggested admission is a roll or two of sealed toilet paper which will be donated to the Food Bank.  I don’t want to spoil it for you by revealing too many salacious details, butt — I mean, but — the show includes segments covering chamber pots and other old-style commodes, outhouses  (complete with an audio portion where people recount humorous anecdotes about using outhouses), public washrooms, and the development of the modern flush toilet (which was first manufactured in the 1880s by an American plumbing company owned by Thomas Crapper).

Sitting Pretty: The History of the Toilet will be on display until Nov. 30. Look for a review in an upcoming issue of prairie dog. And to help get you in the proper frame of mind to tackle this undeniably fascinating academic subject, here’s a link to short video that will prove enlightening, I’m sure.