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07-22-2009, 12:50 PM
If strawberry jam can turn your poop fuchsia?

bug on your lip
07-22-2009, 12:54 PM
randy & ivy knew within 2 hours of meeting each other

07-22-2009, 01:26 PM
the Animal Collective album?

07-22-2009, 01:27 PM
Why is poop brown?
The color comes mainly from bilirubin, a pigment that arises from the breakdown of red blood cells in the liver and bone marrow. The actual metabolic pathway of bilirubin and its byproducts in the body is very complicated, so we will simply say that a lot of it ends up in the intestine, where it is further modified by bacterial action. But the color itself comes from iron. Iron in hemoglobin in red blood cells gives blood its red color, and iron in the waste product bilirubin gives rise to its brown color.

What other colors of poop are possible?
Poop is mostly shades of brown or yellow, but other colors can arise under certain circumstances. For example, someone with a bleeding ulcer might have tarry black poop from the presence of partially digested blood. Bleeding in the intestine, from an anal fissure or split, for example, can stain the poop red. Bloody poop can also be a sign of colon cancer, so you should get it checked out by a doctor if you see blood in your stool. Some illnesses in babies gives them green or even blue-green poop. But another source of blue poop in children is more innocent: it can come from eating a concentrated source of blue food coloring such as ice cream. Intense red food coloring can produce bright red poop. Sometimes brightly colored foods pass through the gut almost unchanged, and the turd may be speckled with bright red fragments such as pimentos, or bright yellow kernels of corn.
Poop can also be stained red if you eat beets, according to Ellen.
One can experience white poop after consuming a barium milkshake for the purposes of getting an x-ray of the upper gastrointestinal tract.

What is the cause of green poop?
(Question submitted by ap, CrAzYMiC98 and several others)

I have consulted with a doctor, a physiologist and a microbiologist on this question, and the following summarizes their answers:
Healthy people can have green poop if they eat a diet rich in leafy green vegetables, or if they consume large quantities of food coloring (in ice cream, cake frosting etc.).
Green poop can also be caused by excess iron in the diet, from dietary supplements, for example. If the body does not absorb all the iron consumed, the iron may stain the poop green, the color of iron (II) salts. Ordinarily, the green color may be masked by the normal brown poop color, but if digestion is thrown off by illness so that bilirubin is less concentrated in the intestine, the green color may become apparent. This can happen when a person is afflicted with diarrhea.
Green poop in sick babies may come from iron in baby formula not being properly absorbed, or by green pigments in bile salts (again, green from iron).

How come when you eat corn, no matter how much you chew it, you poop it out in whole kernals?
(Question submitted by Timzx)

Corn poop is one of the greatest mysteries in life. I grew up pondering the same question. This is what I think is happening:
When we chew corn, the outer coating slips off the inner kernal. This outer yellow coating is almost entirely cellulose, and is indigestible. It passes through the gut untouched, and emerges looking like a whole kernal, although it is mostly just the outer skin. The inside of the kernal is starchy and digestible, and that is the part that we succeed in chewing up.

In humans, soft poop is really one long, mostly continuous sausage before it comes out. It gets its "link" look because we tend to pinch off lengths of it with the anal sphincter as the poop emerges. If a person pinches hard enough, the poop separates into several turd units. If the person doesn't pinch that hard, the turds may stay connected.
If you can remain sufficiently relaxed, you can produce an awesomely long poop that will coil up inside the toilet.

Why does poop sometimes fizzle like Alka Seltzer when it hits the water?
(Question submitted by Penelope B.)

Fizzling can happen if the poop is supercharged with bubbles of fart gas. After discharge from the body, the poop is in a lower pressure environment and it degasses.

Does eating meat make your poop smell worse?
(Question submitted by MAE5158)

Yes, meat protein is rich in sulfides, resulting in smellier farts and poop. This is the reason that the poop of carnivores such as dogs, cats and snakes smells worse than the poop of herbivores such as cows and horses.

07-22-2009, 01:33 PM
blue chips = blue poop

real talk
07-22-2009, 01:42 PM
Bug made a funny joke.

I imagine undigested strawberry fibers can discolor your stool but you'd have to eat a large amount of it.

07-22-2009, 01:53 PM
randy & ivy knew within 2 hours of meeting each other

bug on your lip
07-22-2009, 01:54 PM
I imagine undigested strawberry fibers can discolor your stool but you'd have to eat a large amount of it.

you imagine weird things

try World Peace next

07-22-2009, 02:04 PM
We're talking about a dollop of Smuckers strawberry jam on a PB&J yesterday.

07-22-2009, 02:06 PM
perhaps intestinal bleeding?

07-22-2009, 02:08 PM
Have you consumed any mixed drinks in the past 24 hours?

07-22-2009, 02:39 PM
No, no mixed drinks. And it doesn't look like blood. It looks like watermelon Jolly Rancher coated doody.

I'm very upset.

07-22-2009, 02:45 PM
it's really more of a magenta :p

Dr. Lufs-al-ot
07-22-2009, 02:47 PM
no, but i do know the muffin man

07-22-2009, 02:51 PM
Jen, I think at this point you have to make an itemized list of everything you consumed yesterday.

07-22-2009, 02:58 PM
Do you have copper cookware?

07-22-2009, 03:22 PM
Oh shit. I bet it was the red velvet cake slice I ate for our anniversary last night.

Thanks for the help in diagnosing my poop problem everyone!

07-22-2009, 03:26 PM

07-22-2009, 03:35 PM
Red Velvet dye is disgusting, it's so red that when the chef use it at my work it looks like someone died...

07-22-2009, 03:37 PM

Will answer all your caca related questions! Happy caca-ing :)

07-22-2009, 03:54 PM
LMAO. Seriously? Your shit was fuschia? wow.

07-22-2009, 04:02 PM
I like that we're like a huge collective old couple who are comfortable enough in each other's presence to talk about fuschia poo like it's normal.

07-22-2009, 04:37 PM
After all of this, I have a strange feeling that there's been a poop thread before that GPS posted that poop article in. I also think I may have started said thread.

07-22-2009, 04:44 PM
regurgitated poop.

07-22-2009, 04:55 PM
randy & ivy knew within 2 hours of meeting each other

i'm guessing no toilet was involved either...

07-23-2009, 01:14 AM
Porta Potty, maybe?