Bowel Business: 32 Fun and Fascinating Facts About Poop

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1Franken-Berry Stool

Franken-Berry Stool

Franken-Berry (children's cereal) used to turn people's poo pink due to an inability to break down the heavily-dyed cereal. The symptom was referred to as "Franken-Berry stool".

2. Due to lack of fertilizer, North Korean shops once sold (or still selling) human feces.

3. Italian artist Piero Manzoni pooped into 90 tin cans (Artist's sh*t) as an artwork, each containing 30g of poop. Each is worth 100,000 € today.

4. A "Pig Toilet" is a human toilet/outhouse connected to a pig sty, providing human feces to the pigs as their food source.

5. 16% of cell phones are contaminated with E. coli bacteria from fecal matter.

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6Hibernating bears

Hibernating bears

Hibernating bears don't eat or drink, and thus don't poop or pee, but they develop a fecal plug in their intestines that can grow to 7 to 15 inches long and 1 to 2.5 inches in diameter. They defecate when they emerge from hibernation. "Fecal plugs have a light odor that is not unpleasant."

7. Roughly 26,500 pounds of human excrement is left on Mount Everest each season. Everest is a 'fecal time bomb'.

8. The Parrotfish eats dead coral and then poops sand. This sand poop is also responsible for nearly all the white sand beaches in Hawaii.

9. In 1997, an Emory researcher named Elizabeth R. Griffin died as a result of a herps-infected rhesus monkey flinging poop into her eyes.

10. Coffee makes the end of your intestine start contracting, like you are prepping for poop even if you have none. That why so many people want to poop after.

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11Mariko Aoki phenomenon

Mariko Aoki phenomenon

In Japan, they have an expression (Mariko Aoki phenomenon) to describe the sudden urge to poop when you're in a bookstore.

12. During the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, 25,000 pigeons were released during the opening ceremony. When a cannon was fired, the pigeons begun to poop on the spectators watching the ceremony below.

13. Male hippos fling their poo by twirling their tails in order to impress females and mark their territory.

14. Farmers willingly allow the "Tree Goats of Morocco" to climb Argan trees. After the goats finish eating the fruit and nuts off the tree, they pass valuable clumps of seeds which are then pressed to create the sought-after Argan oil. Argan oil is commonly found in the popular Ogx Shampoo bottle, effectively making it Shampoop.

15. Tinnunculite is a naturally occurring material that only forms when Falcon's poop directly into burning coal mines as they fly.

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16Defecation syncope

Defecation syncope

Defecation syncope is a condition in which a person poops so hard they pass out.

17. King George III had an illness that caused his poop to turn purple.

18. George Clooney once pranked one of his friend by cleaning his friend's cat litter box so that his friend thought his cat did not poop and then George took a dump into the box to make it look like the cat took a huge dump after several days.

19. Paula Radcliffe, the winner of the 2005 London Marathon, took a sh*t on the side of the road in full view of spectators and cameras.

20. In 1962, scientists injected an elephant with a dose of LSD that was 3000 times a typical human dose. Five minutes later the elephant trumpeted, fell down, defecated itself, went into a perpetual brain seizure, and then died an hour and 40 minutes later.

21Guano Act

Guano Act

If you are an American who finds bird droppings on an island not under another countries' jurisdiction, you may claim that island for America.

22. When Andre the Giant would go to Japan he would sometimes defecate in bathtubs, or on newspapers because the toilets were too small for him.

23. There was a manure salesman named Abba Bina in Papua New Guinea, who went by the name "Mr. Sh*t", who went by the slogan "Chicken sh*t, horse sh*t, cow sh*t - but no bullsh*t".

24. Fieldfares (Turdus Pilaris) dive bomb predators in a group, by defecating on them. Some predatory birds can become so covered in excrement that they cannot fly.

25. In 2009, a man named Weusi McGowan on trial brought a bag of poop into the courtroom, smeared feces on his lawyer and then threw the remainder of the poop at the jury.

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