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