“Hindus are, on average, richer and more educated than Muslims. But oddly, the child mortality rate for Hindus is much higher. All observable factors say Hindus should fare better, but they don't. Economists refer to this as the Muslim mortality puzzle. In a new study, researchers believe that they may have found a solution to the puzzle. And, surprisingly, the solution lies in a single factor – open defecation
.” [more inside]
posted by XMLicious
on Jun 5, 2014 -
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 -
Current TV previously & previously
, the media company founded by Al Gore after the 2000 election, has picked up the kinds of in depth long form journalism being rapidly dropped by major networks, but has been tantalizingly unavailable for those without cable; until now. They have been putting their Vanguard episodes up on their website and on YouTube. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb
on Apr 30, 2011 -
Dr. Hoover has discovered evidence
of microfossils similar to Cyanobacteria in freshly fractured slices of the interior surfaces of the Alais, Ivuna, and Orgueil CI1 carbonaceous meteorites. The scientist's conclusion is that the fossilized bacteria are not Earthly contaminants but are the fossilized remains of living organisms which lived in the parent bodies of these meteors, e.g. comets, moons, and other astral bodies. The implications are that life is everywhere, and that life on Earth may have come from other planets.
posted by Surfin' Bird
on Mar 5, 2011 -
The current FCC case [PDF
] before the U.S. Supreme Court presents a fascinating dilemma for the judges: how do you respectfully discuss the legality of profane words in the nation's highest court
? And for reporters: how do you report on the specifics of the case? It seems decisions vary across publications: NYT
, Washington Post
(reg req), LA Times
, Wall Street Journal
, The Atlantic
. As for the judges themselves, they opted to allow only substitute terms
. PDF transcript
with word count at bottom. Background
posted by Tehanu
on Nov 6, 2008 -
are marketing the Washlet
in America. A nicely designed site without any scatological references. Possibly NSFW intro. [flash]
posted by tellurian
on Jul 12, 2007 -
- a new work by Gilbert & George, available for download until 11:35pm on the 10th of May.
posted by jack_mo
on May 8, 2007 -
My shit doesn't stink. I'm serious—my mother told me so.
So there. Abstract of study published in the Journal of Evolution and Human Behavior, "My baby doesn't smell as bad as yours: The plasticity of disgust", found here.
posted by emelenjr
on Jul 12, 2006 -
It's not the other white meat, but it seems cows have yet another use
"That's some good shit
, man (in my very best Tommy Chong!)
posted by LouReedsSon
on Jan 24, 2005 -
The funniest Thing
I have seen on the net in a long time. Is it real? Does anyone here have the sense of humor, and adventure, to actually order one? I know I am going to stock up for April 1st.
posted by BlueScreen
on Mar 13, 2003 -
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 -
Hit the Fan!
Here's a great little game that's been floating around my "to post" box for a few days just waiting for Flash Friday here at MeFi. The object is to propel a mound of fecal matter with your ping-pong paddle so that it connects with the rotary air circulation device. Once you get some practice, try springing one off the stapler or landing it in the coffee cup. Even better yet, go for a "Mac attack" and ricochette one off the iMac screen into the blades. They did a fairly good job of creating a sound effects for the moment when the caca hits the old ventilador too - so how can you lose?
posted by RevGreg
on Nov 22, 2002 -
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 -
You Stupid #@$!
In England, children are learning how to swear. What the #@%&? Aren't they learning enough of this #@&! on the street? I believe that the standards for streets smarts have really slipped over the years. Children should be learning their four letter words at the same place they learn about sex, on the street!
posted by aj100
on Jul 2, 2001 -
Experiences on the Toilet
This is one of the craziest and most cringeworthy sites I've ever been to. It's a site jam packed with postings from people detailing particular 'movements' they've had.. episodes of blocking toilets with 'whoppers' and 'interesting' odors they've experienced.
Yes, it's the ultimate guide to everyone's experiences in taking a dump.
posted by wackybrit
on Apr 17, 2001 -