Pooping is a normal human bodily function. Most of us are familiar with it. What we may not be familiar with is all of the stuff that goes on behind the scenes — or behind the behind. There is so much more to poop that meets the eye.
Read on to find out why wombats have cube-shaped poops, and how people in Kenya are turning tons of elephant poop into something that Dunder Mifflin would be proud to sell.
“Splinter Free” Toilet Paper
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In the 1930s, a selling point of the major toilet paper manufacturers at the time was that their product was “splinter-free.”
It’s almost painful to think about what toilet paper was like before it was splinter free. Thank goodness for modernity. Two-ply quilted toilet paper is a godsend.
Cougars Plant Trees With Their Poop
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By eating herbivores with seeds in their stomachs and then pooping across a large range of land, cougars are able to plant around 94,000 plants a year.
I wish I could plant that many trees with that little effort. I guess we have poop to thank for our beautiful forests.
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Scientists found a tomato plant on Surtsey, a 40-year-old volcanic island in Iceland. They were dumbfounded as to how it got there. It turned out that it grew out of a bowel movement that a scientist had taken on the island.
The island was created during an underwater eruption that happened from 1963 to 1967. It’s been preserved as a living laboratory. Only scientists and a few other people are allowed to visit to reduce human impact.
Baby Koalas Eat Their Mothers’ Poop
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Baby koalas find eucalyptus leaves too toxic while they’re growing, so they feast on their mother’s poop until they’re old enough to handle the leaves.
Koalas have a lot of food issues. Imagine only being able to eat the leaves off of one specific plant. Apparently, when it comes to koala food, variety is not the spice of life.
Seeing Eye Dogs Poop On Comand
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Seeing eye dogs are trained to poop on command so that their owners who are blind or partially blind can easily clean up after them.
One Guiding Eyes for the Blind trainer reported that they use the command, “get busy” to get the dogs to poop.
There’s A U.S. Law That Allows America To Claim Any Island With Lots Of Bird Poop On It
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The Guano Islands Act is a United States federal law that enables citizens of the United States to take possession of unclaimed islands containing guano deposits. Guano is the proper name for bird or bat poop.
The islands can be located anywhere, just as long as they aren’t occupied or owned by another government.
Speaking Of Bird Poop…
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Birds don’t pee. Bird poop is white because birds, unlike mammals, don’t produce urine. Instead, they excrete waste that we get rid of through pee in the form of uric acid, which comes out a white paste.
Keep reading to learn about what happens to a scorpion after it loses its anus.
Canadian Geese Poop A Quarter Of Their Body Weight Daily
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A Canadian Good weighs approximately twelve pounds. These birds can eat up to four pounds of grass per day, and they can poop about three pounds of fecal matter daily. That’s a quarter of their body weight,
No wonder there’s so much goose poop everywhere.
Wombats Poop Cubes
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Wombat poop is cube-shaped. Wombats poop 80-100 cubes per day, and then they carefully place them on rocks, logs, and in front of burrows to mark their territory.
The unique shape prevents the droppings from rolling away. What I want to know is… how? Do they have square shaped bumholes?
Scorpions Can Live For Eight Months Without Pooping
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Some scorpions can shed their tail in order to escape a predator, however, when they shed their tail, they also shed their anus (which is in the tail).
They can’t poop without an anus, so they don’t. They can live without a tail or an anus or poop for another eight months.
The Polar Bear Poop Beagle Pregnancy Test (What?)
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I bet those are some words you never thought you’d see arranged quite that way. How do zookeepers know when their polar bears are pregnant? They call Elvis, of course.
Elvis is a beagle from Cincinnati who can tell if a polar bear is pregnant just by sniffing a sample of her poop. What a talent.
Do You Get The Urge To Poop Everytime You Walk Into A Bookstore?
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The “Mariko Aoki phenomenon” is a Japanese expression that refers to the sudden urge to poop after entering a bookstore. The phenomenon is named after a woman who mentioned it in a magazine article in 1985.
I guess when you get filled with that much creativity, it needs to find a way out somehow.
Thank Goodness For Cars
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In 1894, London and New York were “drowning” in horse poop. Experts estimated that within 50 years, London streets would be buried in nine feet of poop and horse carcasses.
Then cars were invented, and there weren’t as many horses on the streets anymore. Cars may have their own problems, but at least we’re not drowning in poop. Keep reading to learn about George Clooney’s poopiest prank.
They Removed How Much Poop?!
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In 2017, surgeons removed 29 pounds of poop from a Chinese man’s abdomen. He was constipated for 22 years and he looked about 9 months pregnant.
He suffered from a rare congenital disease known as Hirschsprung, which causes constipation due to missing nerves inside the colon. Twenty-nine pounds is like four whole babies.
Money Down The Drain
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Scientists are mining for gold at America’s wastewater treatment facilities. They’re also looking for silver, copper, and other useful metals. Apparently, The sewage from one million people could net $13 million in metals each year.
Metals from detergent, hair care products, and deodorant all end up down the drain at one point or another.
George Clooney Pulled A Prank With Kitty Litter
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George Clooney, that’s right, sexiest man alive George Clooney, pranked his friend by cleaning his friend’s cat’s litter box.
You’re thinking, “oh, that’s nice of him.” No, that’s not nice of him. His friend now thinks that his cat just doesn’t poop. Then George takes a huge dump into the litter box so his friend will think that his cat stored up a human-sized poop in him for days and then pooped it out all at once.
Elephant Poop Paper
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In Kenya, elephant poop is being used to make paper. Elephants produce up to 110 pounds of poop a day. You can get 125 sheets of paper out of that much poop.
This helps save the indigenous tree population from being destroyed, and it creates a need for the 7,000 elephants left in Kenya.
Fecal Transplants Are A Thing
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Sometimes when people have severe intestinal issues, they may need a fecal transplant. That means that they need some poop from a healthy person to be introduced into their system.
They can get that healthy poop bacteria into their bodies via colonoscopy or an enema, or by ingesting a capsule that contains freeze-dried donor poop.
There Are Four Bags Of Astronaut Poop On The Moon
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When Neil Armstrong and his crew went on his Apollo mission to the moon, he left behind four bags of human excrement. They needed room on the spacecraft for more important things like moon rocks and stuff.
Now whenever you look up at the moon at night, that experience of wonder and beauty will be underscored with the realization that there are some bags of human poop up there.
A Cheeto Poop Emergency
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Children have been sent to the emergency room after eating an excessive amount of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Parents think they have blood in their stool when really it’s all that red food dye running through their system.
I’m sure this happens to adults too— they just don’t live with worried parents who will rush them to the hospital.