Tuesday, May 05, 2009

I Have to Levy a Duty

Toilet humor is the bane of my existence. It never gets old. Each and every day I live on this earth, it is my goal to come up with a new way to express the need to make feces.

These euphemisms get used at least 20 times per day, and are often put into action at least once per run. Sometimes more. Sometimes when you least expect it.

Here are a few of the good ones we have come up with here at Fleet St:

Release some hostages - as in, I have a hostage situation and negotiations are not going well

Grow a tail

Mudbutt - an oldie but a goodie

And this weekend while watching a History Channel production of "Bootleggers, Rumrunners and Moonshiners," we were inspired:

Levy a Duty - First, it sounds official. Second, it uses the word "duty." Doesn't get much better than that.

Just to show you how shit-obsessed we are, here is an email my mother sent me:

Before You Flush

Look inside the bowl to learn about your health.

Why is it that when it comes to bathroom habits, guys seem to turn into a bunch of 12-year-olds ("Just taking the Browns to the Super Bowl!")? But even if potty talk grosses you out, flushing and running isn't the best strategy either. Docs say that what's in the toilet can provide important clues to your health. Yale gastroenterologist Anish Sheth, M.D., the author of What's Your Poo Telling You? and Poo Log, says, "What comes out tells you a lot about what's going on inside." Here he explains what you should look out for. Take a deep breath. You can handle this.

Flush factor: Consistency What you should see: A stool that's compact yet soft enough to be passed very easily. What you shouldn't: A bowel movement that's broken up or watery. An ideal download shouldn't require a lot of pushing or straining, Sheth says. To achieve that, drink plenty of water and get at least 25 grams of fiber per day. On the other hand, stools that are looser than a Rock of Love contestant can signal food intolerance. The most likely culprits: the milk sugar lactose, the artificial sweetener sorbitol (found in sugar-free gum), or the wheat protein gluten. A food diary can help you determine whether grilled cheese, Orbit, or whole-wheat pizza crusts are to blame. If changing your diet doesn't get results, see a GI specialist. Your symptoms could be caused by a bacterial infection or an allergy.

Flush Factor: Color What you should see: Cocoa, mahogany, burnt umber, cafe au lait...What you shouldn't: Regular appearances from hues that aren't in the brown family Sheth is down with anything brown, but says not to worry if something you ate temporarily changes a stool's color. Blueberries and beets, for example, can tint your business blue and red, respectively. Persistent red or black stools, however, are often caused by blood in the digestive tract, which may signal stomach ulcers or hemorrhoids. Yellow floaters occur when there's fat in the stool, which means your body is having trouble digesting food properly. And pale gray stools typically result from gallstones. If an abnormal palette persists for more than a day or two, keep a record and take it to your doctor.

Flush Factor: Shape What you should see: A single, bananalike shape. What you shouldn't: A pencil-thin stool. "One long piece means you're getting enough insoluble fiber, which adds bulk to your stool," Sheth says. To get your fill of the rough stuff, have a bowl of bran cereal for breakfast, or snack on broccoli dipped in hummus. Skinny BMs can indicate a serious problem—namely, rectal cancer. See a doctor for a colonoscopy if your deposits are persistently scrawny or become thinner over several weeks.


KLIM said...

I just threw up in my mouth

RM said...

Haha, it beats throwing up out of your butt on every single run!

Alex said...

That's actually really interesting. Thanks.

alyssa said...

If you google "the scoop on poop" and hit the "I'm feeling lucky" button it's well worth your time.

EL said...

I need to download now.

RM said...

There's a secession in progress - as in, a strong movement wants to secede from the union of my bowels.

fbg said...

There's a Secession Building here in Vienna. It's named after the architectural style. And, no, it doesn't look like shit.