Don’t eat poop especially if it falls out of the sky onto birthday cake

I’ve been to some uncomfortable family gatherings where a few too many beer have led to awkward conversations. My experiences seem like a, uh, party next to what AOL reports happened to folks in Pennsylvania during a teenager’s sweet 16 party: the sky rained poop.

According to My Fox Philly, human waste rained down from the sky just after Jacinda blew out the candles on her cake, coating her guests and the rented canopy in feces. Her family believes the waste came from planes that were flying overhead and may have improperly disposed of the aircraft’s bathroom contents.

“Out of nowhere, from the sky, comes a bunch of feces, lands on her,” Jacinda’s dad told Fox.

The only thing more embarrassing than your party being ruined by poop rain is having your dad tell the local news about it afterwards.

Don’t poop in the pool: Cryptosporidiosis surveillance, US 2011–2012

Problem/Condition: Cryptosporidiosis is a nationally notifiable gastrointestinal illness caused by extremely chlorine-tolerant protozoa of the genus Cryptosporidium.

caddyshack.pool.poop-1Reporting Period: 2011–2012.

Description of System: Fifty state and two metropolitan public health agencies voluntarily report cases of cryptosporidiosis through CDC’s National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System.

Results: For 2011, a total of 9,313 cryptosporidiosis cases (confirmed and nonconfirmed) were reported; for 2012, a total of 8,008 cases were reported; 5.8% and 5.3%, respectively, were associated with a detected outbreak. The rates of reported nonconfirmed cases were 1.0 and 0.9 per 100,000 population in 2011 and 2012, respectively, compared with an average of 0.0 during 1995–2004, and 0.3 during 2005–2010. The highest overall reporting rates were observed in the Midwest; 10 states reported >3.5 cases per 100,000 population in 2011 and in 2012. During 2011–2012, reported cases were highest among children aged 1–4 years (6.6 per 100,000 population), followed for the first time by elderly adults aged ≥80 years (3.4), and 75–79 years (3.3). Overall, cryptosporidiosis rates were higher among females than males during both years. For specific age groups, rates were higher among males than females aged <15 years and higher among females than males aged ≥15 years. Cryptosporidiosis symptom onset increased 4.4 fold during late summer.

Interpretation: Cryptosporidiosis incidence rates remain elevated nationally, and rates of nonconfirmed cases have increased. Rates remain highest in young children, although rates among elderly adults are increasing. Transmission of Cryptosporidium occurs throughout the United States, with increased reporting occurring in Midwestern states. Seasonal onset peaks coincide with the summer recreational water season and might reflect increased use of communal swimming venues.

Public Health Action: Future research is needed to address the evolving epidemiology of cryptosporidiosis cases, with a specific focus on the increase in nonconfirmed cases and increasing incidence rates among elderly adults. National systematic genotyping and subtyping of Cryptosporidium isolates could also help elucidate Cryptosporidium transmission and thus cryptosporidiosis epidemiology in the United States.

Focus on poop: NZ splash parks, AUS child cares, terrible people

A mystery pool pooper – or poopers – has struck again at an Invercargill, NZ swimming pool.

i.poop.youIt is the sixth Friday in a row someone has defecated in a swimming pool at the centre.

In the first instance a “smidgen” of faeces was discovered in the leisure pool at the Splash Palace Aquatic Centre about 4.30pm.

Aquatic Centre manager Pete Thompson said swimmers had been removed from the pool and extra chlorine had been added to the water but he believed this incident to be “an unfortunate coincidence”.

“The mode is dissimilar to anything else we have had. It was a very tiny 10 cent piece-size which suggests it probably came out of a baby’s togs,” he said.

He did not know if the poos were deliberate.

“How do you prove something is deliberate unless you catch them in the act?

“I hope whoever this person is, if it’s deliberate, ceases to behave in this manner. It’s disgusting.

In Australia, some childcare centres are sending kids home with their poo and undergarments in labelled plastic bags.

If a kid stocks the lake with brown trout (in their undies), it’s a health and safety issue. There is a chance of cross-contamination in sinks and fecal matter flicking up into a worker’s eyes. So instead of putting it in the teeny tiny toilets, the childcare workers just bag the undies up, log and all, name them and put them with the other packages of joy for the parents to deal with upon pick up.

We should also spare a thought for those who live in warmer climates. There would be some serious fermentation going on in those plastic bags.

And in Washington State an 8-year-old girl received a package of animal poop, perhaps an anonymous form of bullying.

caddyshack.pool.poop-1Oddly enough, there are some companies that specialize in these sort of deliveries.

When Jamie Villanueva’s daughter opened the package, she thought someone sent her chocolate ice cream.

“And when I saw it, my heart just sunk,” Villanueva said.

Her worst suspicious however, turned out to be true.

“So I opened it and inside it has feces,” Villanueva said. “A container of feces.”

The container came with a calling card from a company called “I Poop You.” According to its website it specializes in packaging and delivering animal waste as a joke.

“I get it. I have a sense of humor. I think it’s very clever of the company,” Villanueva said. “But it’s really inappropriate with children.”

There are several websites that offer poop delivery and there doesn’t seem to be any specific law against it.

Floating strip club in Alaska got in trouble for dumping poop in the water

A strip club housed in an old crab fishing boat docked off the coast of Alaska is in trouble for allegedly dumping all their waste into the ocean.

strip.club.poop.alaska.fb.15The owners of The Wild Alaskan, Darren Byler and Kimberly Riedel-Byler, are pleading not guilty to their charges, which include breaking the federal Refuse Act.

The two have been in trouble before for going over capacity on the ship, and they recently had their liquor license revoked.

Jesus: the missing years, and baby poop is the worst; the ideal poop is a ‘continuous log’

I did an interview with Mother Jones magazine yesterday about relatively safe beef cuts.

I got to use my line, Don’t eat poop, and if you do, make sure it’s cooked.

Robynne Chutkan, a gastroenterologist at Georgetown Hospital and the author of Gutbliss and the forthcoming The Microbiome Solution: a pair of books about the gastrointestinal tract, the microbes that live in it, and the stool that comes out of it says:

• poop is mostly bacteria — not old food;

• poop is brown because of dead red blood cells and bile;

• men and women poop differently;

• the ideal poop is a “continuous log” — and sinks to the bottom of the toilet;

• gut bacteria and plant fiber are essential for good poop;

• you can see corn in your poop because of cellulose;

• people living in different parts of the world have different poop;

• baby poop is really, really weird;

• poop transplants can be an effective medical treatment.

Poop emoji: Fecal fashion available through a junk mail near you

Emojis have become one of social media’s ways to entertain its users in its quest to draw people’s attention and there are tons of them.

fecal.fashion.emojiFaces with all sorts of expressions, different colored hearts, smiley devils, aliens, stars, hearts, musical notes, even fire are available by only a few taps on a smartphone’s virtual keyboard.

Which one seems to be catching on? Smiling poop.

In the design on a shirt being pitched by junk emails, the individual pile of poop with big eyes and smiles is triangular. Six piles with points coming together make a hexagon. Five of the emojis are smiling, but one is frowning. 

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Portable poopers to manage San Fran shit

Ariel Schwartz of Co.Exist writes that San Francisco has a poop problem. The city suffers from an excess of excrement on public streets and even in the innards of subway escalators, where it renders them unusable. Part of the issue is that the city has never effectively dealt with its homeless population (there up to 10,000 homeless in the city), and a failure to provide public bathrooms that aren’t eventually shut down because people use them to do drugs.

Tenderloin Pit Stop,Now that’s changing.

This past summer, San Francisco announced the launch of Tenderloin Pit Stop, a series of mobile bathrooms that each comes with a sink, two toilets, a dog waste station, and a needle disposal bin. An attendant stands outside of each bathroom during the day, and bathroomgoers get five minutes to do their business before the attendants come calling. Every evening, the toilets are taken away by the Department of Public Works (DPW) and cleaned.

Each bathroom is placed strategically based on the DPW’s reports of human feces on the street. Those reports tend to be clustered in the city’s Tenderloin neighborhood, as you can see on this map, called (Human) Wasteland. Created by a web developer named Jennifer Wong, the map uses complaints about feces and urine phoned into DPW in 2013 (over 5,000 in total) to figure out where the poop problem is worst.

Florida running back poops his pants during Birmingham Bowl, has to change into new pair

It happens.

Florida running back Adam Lane, Jr. had a less-than-memorable moment in the Birmingham Bowl when he appeared to poop his pants and was forced to change into a fresh pair.

B6dgcNmCYAAlyRmThe on-field accident took place during a drive in the first half against Eastern Carolina. Many viewers noted that during the drive, Lane appeared to have a dark spot on the back of his pants, and after the running back found his way into the endzone for a two-yard score, the situation became apparent.

Adam Lane, Jr. trotted back to the sidelines, and in full view of cameras, it was clearly evident that the Florida running back had pooped his pants.

Exploding poop topples building in China

A cesspool filled with excrement has exploded in central China, injuring 15 people and knocking down a building, state-run media reported.

7427ea210acc15dcc5ed01The blast was apparently sparked by a local man burning waste close to the cesspool, igniting methane gas which was emanating from the pit, the Xinhua news agency said late on Sunday, November 23.

The incident in Zhangjiajie city, in the central province of Hunan, caused a residential building to collapse and three of the injured had to be hospitalized, Xinhua said.

China’s urban infrastructure has often been hastily built with little regard for safety as hundreds of millions of people have moved from the countryside to cities in recent decades.

An oral history of the poop emoji (this is barfblog)

I’m not cool or hip at all and emojis have not been part of my personal communication toolbox.

I only see them when I get texts from Schaffner. img-thing

But this is barfblog and we like all things puke, vomit and poop, so here you go:  Lauren Schwartzberg’s, The oral history of the poop emoji (or, how Google brought poop to America).

My favorite excerpt:

“How many millions of occasions are there when [the poop] is the perfect response to whatever anybody says? In a world where you can only like, star, or plus-one something, don’t you just wish that you could put a pile of poop on things? Sometimes it feels so right.”

Just don’t eat it. At least the uncooked kind.