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19 Poop Facts That Will Make You Say "Shit"

We're all pooping wrong.

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4. Your poop is that normal brown color because of bile.

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Plain old bile is a green liquid that our liver produces to break down fats, but as bile travels through our GI system it gets metabolized, and the byproduct it creates is stercobilin, which our bodies don't need and gets promptly disposed of when we poop. Stercobilin is brown, and so are the poop poops.


6. A 1992 study found that less than half of the population enjoys a normal (once daily) poop cycle, and young women are the least likely to poop "normally."

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By "normally," I mean without constipation and on a regular schedule.

7. We're all pooping wrong, because according to a 2003 study instead of sitting to poop, we need to be squatting.

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The study found that squatting produced the most satisfactory poop experience.


9. Poop smells and looks pretty disgusting to us in part because we evolved to view poo as gross.

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The aversion developed as a biological function to keep us away from infection and disease. (In other words: You smell poop and don't want to play with it, which keeps you from contracting diseases from other people's poop.)

12. And when you see a shooting star, it may actually be some astronaut poop.

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When you're in space, your poop gets stored in a bag. And when there are a lot of bags, astronauts put all of the bags into an unmanned supply ship, they undock it, and it burns up in the atmosphere.


13. More and more research is starting to show that the bacteria in your gut can influence your stress levels and emotional behavior.

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Studies have shown that if you tweak the kind of bacteria in your gut it can change your outlook. In rodents this was tested when beneficial bacteria was added and the rodents became more bold and confident, whereas negative bacteria caused the rodents to become more anxious — leading researchers to believe that our gut communicates to our brain on very important levels. (Trust your gut!)

16. Sloths leave the safety of their trees only once a week, and it's for their weekly poop.

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It's actually a fairly treacherous mission, as climbing down makes them intensely vulnerable to predators. Scientists aren't quite sure why they poop on the ground in the first place.


17. When women are on their period their poop habits get royally fucked in part because of their uterus being so close to their colon (i.e. constipation, bloating, etc.).

19. And finally: Both Kris and Kylie Jenner own $10,000 toilets that come with spray nozzles for their bum and other regions.

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