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The World Is Flatulence: The Enduring Appeal of the Tasteless

A scene from "He-Gassen, or "The Fart War," from Japan's Edo period (Waseda University/Wikimedia)

A scene from “He-Gassen, or “The Fart War,” from Japan’s Edo period (Waseda University/Wikimedia)

via The Atlantic:

In the ruins of Pompeii, among crumbling walls charred, centuries ago, by the heat of Vesuvius, archaeologists found the remnants of ancient graffiti. Here are some of the age-old etches that beckon us, lyrically, from past:

“Restituta, take off your tunic, please, and show us your hairy privates.”

And:

“Apollinaris, the doctor of the emperor Titus, defecated well here.”

And:

“I screwed the barmaid.”

One suspects the messages might have read a tad differently in the original Latin—rare is the graffiti artist who prefaces his commentary with “please”—but you get the idea: The scatological, the stuff of defecation and hairy privates, has an extremely long, if not an extremely proud, history. It’s turds all the way down, basically, and that’s especially true when it comes to humor. Approximately 65 percent of Shakespeare’s poetry features phallic puns.

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A History of Fecal Therapy

PIC: Cjc2nd (CC)

PIC: Cjc2nd (CC)

Alternative title: Eat Shit and LIVE.

The next big thing?  Someone should probably set up some kind of formal system for measuring doses of… Oh, they did? Huh. There’s video, apparently.

POO IS A DECIDEDLY IMPERFECT delivery vehicle for a medical therapy. It’s messy. It stinks. It’s inconsistent, not to mention a regulatory nightmare. But it can be incredibly potent. A classic study of nine healthy British volunteers found that bacteria accounted for more than half of the mass of their fecal solids. That astonishing concentration of microorganisms, both living and dead, makes sense when you consider that the microbial colonists inhabiting our gastrointestinal tract outnumber our own cells roughly three to one, on recent estimates.

In the ideal conditions of the human gut, a thriving ecosystem of 1,000 or more bacterial species that rivals the complexity of a rainforest has co-evolved with us. This microscopic jungle is constantly adapting in response to our diet, antibiotic use and other environmental influences.

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Dogs Poop In Line With Earth’s Magnetic Field

dogsAre other species engaging in advanced behaviors related to Earth’s magnetic field to which we are oblivious? Will humanity’s pooping without regard to planet-level electromagnetic fluctuations eventually be our undoing? Motherboard writes:

A team of Czech and German researchers found that dogs actually align themselves with the Earth’s magnetic field when they poop.

The researchers measured the direction of the body axis of dogs during 1,893 defecations and 5,582 urinations over the course of two years, and found that dogs “prefer to excrete with the body being aligned along the North-south axis under calm magnetic field conditions.”

It is still enigmatic why the dogs do align, whether they do it ‘consciously’ (i.e., whether the magnetic field is sensorial perceived (the dogs ‘see,’ ‘hear’ or ‘smell’ the direction) or whether its reception is controlled on the vegetative level (they ‘feel better/more comfortable or worse/less comfortable’ in a certain direction). Dogs not only prefer N-S direction, but at the same time they also avoid E-W direction.

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