ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) – Ever feel like a caged animal?

Visitors to Zagreb’s zoo can find out what it is really like to be in a cage.

The zoo has set aside two partially furnished cages for humans labeled “Homo Sapiens.” Visitors will be able to enter and leave at will.

But the project, launched Friday by the head of the zoo, Mladen Anic, goes beyond offering a behind-the-bars experience to warn about human devastation of nature.

“We wanted people to get a perception of how the animal perceives the cage,” Anic told The Associated Press. “But we also wanted to inform people about all the ecological problems for which humans are directly responsible.”

One cage is for “good man,” and is furnished with things made of natural materials – bamboo chairs, and water and fruit displayed on a wooden table. The other, for “evil man,” has materials that harm nature – plastic chairs, and garbage in the corner, with a note above the mirror reading: “The most dangerous beast on the planet.”

The “good” cage contains brochures on how to protect the environment; the “bad” one shows how it is being ruined.

“I hope this will make people think about the fate of ourselves and our planet,” Anic said.



TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Think you’re as smart as your teenager?

Beginning Wednesday, you can find out. State officials will put an old edition of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test online so people can see what it’s like to be in 10th grade.

If you don’t know much about history, don’t know much biology, you might still do well. The test measures ability in reading and math. The questions were from the 2004 exam, and most likely won’t be seen on any test again any time soon.

State education officials said Friday the test will be on the department’s Web site. People can download or print the test and take it like students would, then get the answer key to see what they got right and wrong.

“It will satisfy curiosity, probably, more than anything else,” said Education Commissioner John Winn.



On the Net:

Department of Education: www.fldoe.org

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