There’s A Phenomenon That Explains Why You Poop At Bookstores

Other than that they serve coffee.

1. All around the hidden poo pockets of the internet, people seem to be asking one question: Why do bookstores make me want to poop?

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GOOD. QUESTION. My friend has been wondering same.

Well, it’s called the the Mariko Aoki phenomenon, and according to the Wikipedia page, it could be caused by: “the smell of paper or ink having a laxative effect, the association with reading on the toilet at home, and the posture of browsing making bowel movement easier.”

5. If you’ve experienced the Mariko Aoki phenomenon (the bookstore poops), you’re not alone:

WTF! Why do bookstores make me have to poop!?

— Jada (@Jay_Duhhhhh)

Bookstores make me want to poop.

— Samantha Fok (@ChineseTakeout)

Doc, you've gotta help me. Bookstores make me poop, and I mean really shit myself.

— Auntie Leslie (@lesliewolfhard)

"Bookstores make me have to go poop, in fact I feel it coming on we need to leave" -mom

— kaethe (@KaetheeLudloww)

.@DrPhil why do bookstores make me want to poop

— dum mummy (@FilthyMacrame)

With all of these bookstores going out of business, what will be left to make me spontaneously have to poop?

— Miles Leicher (@milesnostyles)

Bookstores make me have to poop. Every time.

— Jaclyn Michele (@JaclynMichele)

"Bookstores make me poop." -Rachel, unprompted

— bobby (@unclebobzor)


Do certain places or things awaken your bowels? Tell us about it below.

  1. What weird thing makes you poop?
    1. Coffee
    2. Grocery stores
    3. Libraries
    4. Everything
    5. T.J.Maxx
    6. JCPenney
    7. Nicolas Cage movies
    8. Surfing the web
    9. Running
    10. Mean Girls references
    11. Best Buy
    12. Target
    13. Diet Coke
    14. Seltzer water
    15. Taco Bell Doritos Locos Tacos
    16. Chipotle
    17. The produce department
    18. The meat department
    19. Public transportation
    20. Red Lobster
    21. ~That time of the month~
    22. Red Bull
    23. Game of Thrones

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