On the @Facts Instagram, we love sharing amazing, life-changing facts every day. We also love sharing facts about poop! This list contains some of our favorites, starting with this amazing fact about rhinos!
From a pile of rhino poop (called a "midden"), another rhino can determine the pooper's age and sex, along with other information. They can also add their own poop to the poop pile if they want to leave a message with their own information. If you think about it, this is exactly like Facebook stalking, only...you know, with more poop.
In 1985, a Japanese woman named Mariko Aoki wrote an essay for a magazine about the fact that she always had to poop whenever she was in a bookstore. The editors of the magazine received a bunch of letters from other people who had had the same experience, and the Mariko Aoki phenomenon became, as they say, a "thing." Some hypotheses about the phenomenon include that the smell of the paper or ink may have a laxative effect. Others believe that the way you position yourself while browsing may encourage bowel movements.
Celebrities Tom Hanks, Victoria Beckham and Harry Styles are reportedly big fans of the treatment. It apparently reduces the appearance of wrinkles and scars. Unfortunately, it increases the appearance of poop on your face, so...
Scientists think this is most likely because wombats poop to mark their territory, and the cube shape keeps the poop from rolling around. After all, you wouldn't want your poop to end up in another wombat's zone. How embarrassing!
The scientists determined that penguins generate about 60kPa (kilopascals) of pressure in order to poop, which is much greater than the pressure generated by pooping humans. And, in case you're wondering, an Ig Nobel prize is given to "honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think."