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The radical consequences of public conveniences

It drips on her head most days, says Champaben, but in the monsoon season it’s worse. In rain, worms multiply. Every day, nonetheless, she gets up and walks to her owners’ house, and there she picks up their excrement with her bare hands or a piece of tin, scrapes it into a basket, puts the basket on her head or shoulders, and carries it to the nearest waste dump.
A chapter from The Big Necessity, a book exploring the world of human waste: A Brief History of Class and Waste in India [more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia on Feb 1, 2014 - 18 comments

The Scoop on Poop

From The Awl: A look at the culture and politics of something we all do: poop.
posted by porn in the woods on Oct 31, 2013 - 27 comments

Poo.

A new use for Poo. (via.) [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen on Mar 7, 2009 - 41 comments

Money shots

The fungi fire their spores up to 55 miles an hour–which translates to an acceleration of 180,000 g. Research from the lab of Nicholas Money. Music video by Dr. Money's students. (SLYT) via
posted by Slithy_Tove on Oct 5, 2008 - 18 comments

USDAOPCL (L is for Library)

The USDA On Line Photography Center mingles what you might expect with what you might not.
posted by breezeway on Feb 25, 2005 - 7 comments

Elephant Dung Paper

Elephant Dung Paper.
posted by sciurus on Feb 22, 2005 - 20 comments

The Shiznet

The Poop on Poop [an A to Z courtesy of Vice]
posted by boost ventilator on Dec 28, 2003 - 15 comments

FantasticFecalFind

Thanks to global warming we are in deep shit. Biologist Gerry Kuzyk was hiking with his wife in the remote reaches of the Yukon when he caught the putrid scent of caribou dung wafting through the chill air. Then he saw it -- the biggest pile of animal droppings he had ever seen, 8 feet high and stretching over a half-mile of mountainside.
posted by srboisvert on Jan 25, 2003 - 13 comments

Poop machine

Cloaca While it's a shame that contemporary "art" seems to require some form of bodily waste product in order to be considered an act of genius, I have to say that this particular one is fascinating. It eats a meal, digests it, and then ... does the obvious.
posted by oissubke on Nov 19, 2002 - 38 comments

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