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Please, Stop Shitting in the Pool

Is there anything we love to do more than dip our diarrhoea-filled bums into recreational sources of water? Apparently not! Because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is once again warning sick people to please keep their literal arses away from swimming pools, lest they spread a hardy parasite called Crypto. Read More >>

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Why Does Coffee Make Us Poo? Scientists Gave Coffee to Rats to Find Out

A good chunk of regular coffee drinkers know that coffee isn’t just great at getting them awake in the morning – it also makes them get up and need a poo. But while coffee’s laxative powers are well-known, it’s not clear why exactly this happens. To get to the bottom of this mystery, some scientists decided to do exactly what you’d expect scientists to: giving lab rats some coffee. Read More >>

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Scientists Say They’ve Found Microplastics in People’s Poo, But Don’t Worry Just Yet

The more we look, the more we find potentially toxic microplastics – the tiny bits of debris that our plastic products crumble into – everywhere in the environment, the surrounding wildlife, and even our food and beer. So perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that new research released this week suggests that microplastics can end up in our poop. But it’s still unclear just how seriously we should take this discovery. Read More >>

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Hippo Poo is Suffocating Fish in East Africa

Usually, dumping fish-killing garbage into rivers is a human’s job. But hippos seem to be doing it, too, through their routine mass pooping events. Read More >>

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Chimp Beds Are Way Less Filthy Than Human Beds

In a twist that rivals cinema’s best, a new study published Tuesday in Royal Society Open Science suggests a horrible truth: we’ve been the damn dirty apes all along. It found that beds made by one of our closest primate relatives, chimpanzees, contain little personal filth, meaning germs and parasites from their own body, and certainly much less filth than what’s typically seen in human homes and beds. Read More >>

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Poo Germs, Not Sharks, Make Swimming in the Ocean So Treacherous

It’s polluted, germ-filled sludge, not sharks, that will make going to the beach more dangerous than just staying home this summer — at least according to a cleverly titled review published this week in the International Journal of Epidemiology. Read More >>

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The World’s Best GoFundMe Involves Poop, Firemen, and a Tinder Date Gone Horribly Wrong

GoFundMe can be a dark place. Sometimes, it’s your pitiful friends asking you for money so that they can take a European vacation and finally tackle that “research project” they’ve been wanting to do. Other times, it’s truly tragic circumstances, like a stranger asking for help with medical bills. But today, dear reader, one GoFundMe campaign showed the world that misfortune can be hilarious—and even heroic. Read More >>

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Why Do Sick Bodies Turn Poop into Diarrhoea?

Despite thousands of years of pant-crapping history, there’s a surprising amount we don’t know about diarrhoea. There’s a couple ways we’ve figured out how to treat the symptom. But lots of scientists’ understanding of diarrhoea — from illnesses like traveller's diarrhoea — is more based on intuition than data. Read More >>

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Particle Accelerators Are Changing the Way We Look at Ancient Turds

Shit’s wild. No, seriously, there’s so much you can learn about animals, their lifestyles, and the world they interacted with based on what shows up in their poo. Especially if the poo is over 200 million years old. Read More >>

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Someone’s Worked Out The Speed Of Human Poo

Ever wondered whether your pooing speed is normal? Whether you're more of a corked bottle or a Play-Doh factory? Well wonder no more, because a group of fearless scientists has been busily finding out everything they can about dung, and one of their discoveries is the average speed of human defecation. Read More >>

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Poo May Be the Key to Studying the Most Elusive Animals on Earth

The secrets of the animal kingdom just might be hidden within piles of animal crap. Read More >>

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36 Australian Beaches Unsafe for Swimming Due to Human Shit

Australia’s Environmental Protection Authority issued a warning to steer clear of all 36 beaches in Melbourne, Australia’s second biggest city, due to a “poor” water quality rating, which turns out, is code for poo. This is not the first time this has happened. Read More >>

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How Much Pee Would It Take To Turn An Olympic Pool Green?

One of the frothiest stories to bubble forth from the shit-tastic Rio Olympics this week was the sudden, inexplicable greening of not one, but two Olympic pools. Read More >>

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Researchers Look At Ancient Poo To Discover The History of Infectious Diseases

As Scrubs once said, “everything comes down to poo.” This is true in sitcom land, but also in science. Read More >>

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This is the Most Beautiful View of Poo You’re Ever Going to See

Poo is considered a little taboo, but it can tell you a lot about your health and potentially even save your life. And, if these images are anything to go by, it can even look beautiful, too. Read More >>