A Short Primer in Scatology
Apparently, you can learn a lot about people and animals from samples of their poop.
Yes, really. Scatology is a field of research centered on what can be learned from excrement. We can tell what diseases ancient kings died from, and what civilizations ate before the invention of modern industrial farming.
You might be wondering, “Why is this woman writing about poop? This is gross.” Yet the reality of life is that everyone has to take a dump, and the regularity, consistency, and efficiency of your guts to extract nutrients from food and excrete the waste is as important for your health as it is to take care of your heart health and your brain function.
In other words, if you have problems with your poop — going out, staying in, too liquid, too fatty, constipation, too bulky, etc., — you are one unhappy person while it’s happening. Or not happening.
Over the weekend, I participated in my first 200 mile(ish) Ragnar Relay Race, Northwest Passage Ragnar. About 500 teams consisting of six or twelve runners covered the distance from the Peace Arch Park near the Canadian Border in Blaine, WA, to the fairgrounds in Langley on Whidbey Island, running against the clock to complete the distance in under the 36-hour time limit.
With that many people in a sold-out event, it is an administrative wonder to orchestrate, with hundreds of volunteers, parking lots and high schools for meals, rest areas, traffic flow officers, hot showers, and hundreds of porta potties. Honey Bucket even has a, “Honey Bucket Selfie” contest, whereby users take a fun photo in front a Honey Bucket, add the proper hashtag, and submit the photo on Social Media (BTW, I think this is a brilliant SoMe campaign). The selected photo owner gets a free Honey Bucket or $1000USD cash.
But I digress. Let’s dive in (no pun intended) and talk more about poop.