Experimental replication shows knives manufactured from frozen human feces do not work

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The ethnographic account of an Inuit man manufacturing a knife from his own frozen feces to butcher and disarticulate a dog has permeated both the academic literature and popular culture. To evaluate the validity of this claim, we tested the basis of that account via experimental archaeology. Our experiments assessed the functionality of knives made from human feces in controlled conditions that provided optimal conditions for success. However, they were not functional. While much research has shown foragers to be technologically resourceful, innovative, and savvy, we suggest that this Read more

North Carolina braces for another flood of hog poop

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t’s emerging as an annual rite: A massive hurricane roars across North Carolina and deposits epic amounts of water on the state’s coastal plain, home to a tangle of rivers intertwined with one of the globe’s most intense concentrations of industrial-scale hog and chicken operations. What could go wrong? Well, in 2018, extreme rains and flooding from Hurricane Florence inundated the region, killing millions of chickens and thousands of hogs and overtopping at least 49 manure “lagoons”—open cesspits that store hog’s feces and urine. In the aftermath, positive tests for E. coli and Read more

Beware of rolling mountain poop balls: National Park Service

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Hikers at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are being warned to watch out for wayward turds. According to the National Park Service Facebook post, the rolling balls of “crap” are being propelled by a type of dung beetle called tumblebugs. Read more Read more

Shopper poos on floor of supermarket before kicking it under fridge

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A shopper was caught on camera pooing on the floor of a supermarket before discretely kicking his faeces under a fridge. CCTV captured the moment the man seemingly defecated in his shorts in the shop and allowed the poo to run down his leg. The incident was filmed in Karasu, Turkey, and later shared on social media. Local media reports the unnamed man defecated in his shorts and tried to conceal one lump under a fridge – making a huge mess. He then nonchalantly pays for his items and leaves his mess behind him. In the footage, the caught-short shopper is seen bending slightly forwards Read more

Firefighters rescue woman stuck in septic tank possibly for days

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ESTACADA, Ore. — Firefighters in Estacada rescued a woman they said was trapped in a septic tank possibly for two to three days. They said she had to be flown to the hospital. Rescuers said they found her lying in raw sewage with her face just above it in a tank outside her rural home, which is about five miles northeast of Estacada. Officials said she lives there alone. Read more Read more

Wedding dress with unfortunate design makes bride look like she's pooped herself

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A wedding dress has come under fire online after users noticed it has a rather unusual design feature. Read more Read more

Drug charge dropped; driver said white spots were bird poop

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A drug charge has been dropped against a Georgia Southern quarterback after a white substance he identified as bird poop on his car's hood tested negative for cocaine. Read more Read more

Beaver feces inspire a way to convert Type A to Type O human blood

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My writing assignments for Medscape Medical News tend to be formulaic: summarize the findings of an interesting new paper, enabling busy health care professionals to stay on top of the literature. I knew immediately the importance of an assignment from a few weeks ago – a team from the University of British Columbia had found a way to convert type A blood to type O. The report, in Nature Microbiology, details how they commandeered a pair of enzymes from a human gut bacterium. That’s huge. Read more Read more

Sheboygan serial toilet clogger sentenced to 150 days in jail, probation

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SHEBOYGAN - A 35-year-old Sheboygan man was sentenced Monday to three years of probation for clogging women's toilets in Deland Park and at his place of work. Patrick D. Beeman was originally charged with 12 misdemeanors of criminal damage to property, but seven of the charges were dismissed in early June. As conditions of probation, Beeman will have to serve 150 days in jail, pay more than $5,500 in restitution, not be allowed to possess or consume alcohol or any controlled substances, and complete 100 hours of community service. While the state only recommended Beeman serve 30 days in jail Read more

Hard-to-kill poop parasites that lurk in swimming pools on the rise, CDC warns

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Victims can spew 100 million parasite eggs in one go. Just 10 can cause an infection. Whatever you do this summer, don’t drink the pool water. Outbreaks of the gastrointestinal parasite cryptosporidium have been spurting upward since 2009, with the number of outbreaks gushing up an average of 13% each year, according to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The germ spreads via the fecal-oral route and causes explosive, watery diarrhea that can last for up to three weeks. Most victims pick up the infection from recreational waters, such as swimming pools and water Read more
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