Poop is something every complex being produces, therefore we all know what it feels like. It is something we are not used to talk about (even less analyze between us!). But it is an essential part of our lives, and also a way to determine how healthy we are.

Here we go through 10 hilarious facts about poop.

1. Civet feces enhance the flavor of the world's most expensive coffee

An original recipe for coffee: feed civets with coffee beans, wait for some days, delicately collect their poop, manually separate the beans, roast and grind them, prepare a coffee with it and enjoy!

Indonesian brew 'kopi luwak' (civet coffee in Indonesian) is considered the world's most expensive coffee. Civets can digest only partially the coffee beans, but their stomach enzymes modify it and give it the right characteristics that make it unique. Their metabolism is able to process the pulp of the beans but not digest seed, which are thus eliminated. Civets are one of a kind in this sense.

However, the production is slow: each civet is able to digest a day an average of 25 grains and that is the main reason why the "kopi luwak" costs $600 per kilogram in Indonesia. The total national production is hardly 1,500 kilograms.

2. There's a Museum of Poops in Japan

We should not be surprised of Japanese people venerating poop. As the header states, they have a museum of animal poop in Japan (see advertising here).

Here is what the advertisement claims:

         Come to play! Come to watch! We have books on poop!
         Rabbit: Time to poop
         Gorilla: Come see also my poop
         Elephant: Here there is also animal poop
         Watch! Touch! Smell! Research!
         The three drawings: Which poop goes with each animal?

3. They produce paper out of poop in Japan

Elephant poop paper is made out of 75% of the animal’s raw materials and 15% recycled cardboard. Without any doubt, the first thing everybody does is smelling it, but it is odorless. You can, however, discover the diet of the “donor” elephant by analyzing the type of fiber the paper contains. Certainly, one the items they sell in the souvenir shop of the Japanese Poop Museum.



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4. Poops are highly regarded in some religions

Throughout history, different cultures have revered poop. The Incas used to call gold: “the stool of the gods”. In Tibet, the Lama’s poops were kept in gold containers and were believed to have healing powers. They even mixed them with their food (yuck!).

In Japan, there is a temple where they worship the God of defecation, with the hope that it will help them regulate their transit. Different cultures have different attitudes towards odors, with the Japanese being one of the most sensitive ones to body odors. Because they live in cities that are so overcrowded, they endeavor not to offend others with unpleasant odors, sometimes even taking special products to minimize the smell of their feces.

5. Artist's shit: the world's most expensive human poop, in a tin

An Italian artist, Piero Manzoni, sold 90 of his poops enclosed in a tin throughout the world. It seems he was trying to find the relationship between artistic production and human production. There you go, poop to go!

Some of them were recently sold for around $150,000. Their label reads:

Artist's Shit
Contents 30 gr net
Freshly preserved
Produced and tinned
in May 1961

However, there's no expiry date in them. Better not trying to open the can...

Artist's shit by Piero Manzoni
Credit: Michele M.F. via Wikimedia Commons

6. Poops are officially classified by type in the Bristol Stool Chart

Lumpy, long, soft, liquid... You can keep one of those at the back of the WC door and check yours every time you take a dump. You can also keep a poop log to see how everything evolves.

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7. Why does poop float sometimes?

Poops have a certain amount of gas in them. The higher the amount, the more they will float. It is particularly high when fatty meats are consumed – so watch out if they're not subaquatic!

8. There are doctors whose specialty is poop: proctologists

They weigh your poop, analyze its content of water, fiber and minerals, blood traces, bacteria etc… They are the ones who carry out colon surgeries and treat diseases related to it, like constipation.

9. Pooping in the space

The first spacecrafts had no tanks for human waste so stools were expelled to the outside. With no pressure, these droppings were dissolved into tiny fragments and wandered around space. Shortly after, they observed that the astronauts’ space suits contained microfragments of poop on them, which settled during their short spacial promenades outside the spacecraft. Now, astronauts have a boxer made out of a highly absorbent material that provides hygienic protection to absorb urine and poop (activities can last up to 8 hours).

10. Some caterpillars can fling their poops up to 3 feet to elude their predators

Because their feces are quite smelly, caterpillars can easily be found by their predators by tracing back the origin of the smell. Fortunately, they have the ability of flinging their poop several feet (which would be the equivalent of you doing it several yards away!), which reduces the interest of the hungry bird or lizard towards its prey.