I went to the Natural History Museum a while ago. I went specifically to see if two exhibits I remembered from my childhood were still there. They were.
How strange! A talking head in a box! But still not as strange as the normal world is to a new born baby.
You explore, babies explore. You explore, babies explore. You explore, babies explore. Babies have to learn how to explore, you have come prepared; you know how handles work, babies have to learn.
Both these exhibits captured the imagination of the Ward household for many years, and yet whenever I’ve looked online to see if anyone else has mentioned them, I’ve always been surprised by the results. I assumed there would be websites dedicated to them, but there’s next to nothing online.
I guess every family has their own version of the talking head in a box; a peculiarly specific cultural memory. I just assumed someone else’s “talking head in a box” would be the talking head in a box too.