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Poo, fly... Do any invertebrates avoid their own poo?

A number of mammals (including us!) instinctually move away from their own feces, or try not to soil their living spaces. Does anybody know of an example of an invertebrate, insect or otherwise, which displays the behavior of avoiding their own waste? [more inside]
posted by wyzewoman on Apr 10, 2014 - 7 answers

What happens to bird feces when sanitized, but still physically present?

Ok probably sounds disgusting, but I just have a theoretical interest in this ever since I moved to my new apt with a balcony frequent by the flying rat kind. I don't have time in the morning but I frequently spray some bleach water solution on the pigeon feces to scrape off later, and then I was wondering what chemically happens to the feces (or well, anything organic that contains pathogens and bacteria) when soaked in bleach. Are the soaked feces on the railing theoretically "clean" and sanitized? What happens??? What is left over? I don't intend to leave them there, just curious. BTW: any tips to keep pigeons away while at it? We covered all the balcony railings in reflective tape. It looks like a camp, silver palace now, but they still like it.
posted by ahtlast93 on Sep 29, 2013 - 11 answers

What makes feces sticky?

What causes feces to sometimes leave excessive, difficult-to-remove residue on the perianal area or on toilet paper? What causes it not to leave any residue at all? Is it related entirely to macronutrient intake (fat, fibre, water)? Or are other factors involved? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Feb 12, 2013 - 12 answers

Your shit dont stink

Humans generally dislike the smell of feces. Is that dislike innate, or culturally acquired? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Sep 24, 2012 - 25 answers

Bladder control: gone

My dog has started urinating out of control from time to time. What's wrong with her? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Sep 8, 2012 - 9 answers

Deworming for humans

[Grossness warning] I accidentally ate food that was tainted with a small amount of feces. I am concerned about parasites. How do I take care of the fallout, and what are my best human deworming options? Everything I can find on this topic (information and, annoyingly, worming tablets too) seems to be geared towards deworming dogs, cats, and horses. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 16, 2012 - 11 answers

How can I prevent myself from getting "skid marks" in my underwear?

How can I prevent myself from getting "skid marks" in my underwear? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 13, 2010 - 89 answers

Throw shit away in another person's can?

Right or wrong: throwing away a tied-up plastic bag filled with your dog's feces into another person's trash can (with trash already in it) at the curb. [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome on Dec 15, 2009 - 67 answers

Large bowel movements + low-flow toilet = problems.

Large bowel movements + low-flow toilet = problems. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 4, 2009 - 17 answers

Digestion and the end result.

This is a question about digestion and the end result. This is purely a matter of abstract curiosity. I promise not to provide too much information. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Jan 27, 2009 - 11 answers

You rolled in WHAT?

My dog rolled in human feces last night. The smell is clinging to her fur. What will get the smell out? [more inside]
posted by Brodiggitty on Sep 16, 2008 - 15 answers

Stupid Littermaid!

My Littermaid cat poop box broke. Again. Are there any decent alternatives? [more inside]
posted by wordsmith on Jul 9, 2008 - 13 answers

How would you assign numbers to the different types of human effluvia?

How would you assign numbers to the different types of human effluvia? [more inside]
posted by Mapes on Dec 9, 2007 - 17 answers

My body stores feces in the rectum -- weird, but is it bad?

Every anal-sex manual says not to worry, feces isn't stored in the rectum. Well, my body doesn't know that. Could this cause, or be the effect of, any health problems I should know about? Text gets explicit. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 4, 2007 - 9 answers

How can I remove a dark brown shit stain from my mattress?

For a friend: My ex-roommate shit in my bed for revenge. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by davidriley on Nov 8, 2007 - 39 answers

Can the smell of human sewage have health risks?

Yuck! The boat I'm working on has a sewage problem. The smell in my bunk room is really bad. Are there any health risks associated with this?
posted by MotorNeuron on Oct 4, 2007 - 5 answers

My Bloody Poopentine

I always have bloody poop after a night out drinking. [more inside]
posted by rbs on Oct 27, 2006 - 18 answers

What is the etymology of the phrase "to shoot the shit?"

What is the origin of the phrase "to shoot the shit?"
posted by jrb223 on Apr 28, 2006 - 7 answers

I'm not a hater, I just flush a lot.

Erm... I have an issue with some "residue" in the toilet bowl after flushing. I'm looking for insight as to why it's happening, and how other people deal with it. [more inside]
posted by FortyT-wo on Feb 10, 2006 - 25 answers

Bookstores: the natural laxative?

Why do bookstores and libraries make me poop? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Jun 6, 2005 - 58 answers

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