Poo Facts

Our project to create vinyl banners that display fascinating and often surprising facts about poo.

    Up to 70% of white sand on Caribbean beaches is made of Parrotfish poo. These fish excrete tiny frangments of coral. One fish can make up to 100Kg of poo sand each year!

    Only 1% of the genes in your body are human. The rest belong to microbes found mainly in your poo. These microbes are known as the microbiome and support your body in lots of ways.

    If you make a big enough pile of poo, the heat generated by microbes can make it burst into flames. In 2009 a manure fire destroyed 2000 acres in Ventura (USA).

    The superbug C.DIFFICILE kills thousands each year. Some sufferers receive 'faecal microbiota transplants'- injections of poo from a healthy person into their gut. The result? Over 90% are cured without side-effects

    The substance INDOLE gives jasmine its beautiful fragrance. It is also present in human faeces. In small doses it smells floral and pleasant and is used to make perfume - but at higher concentrations it smells like poo!

    Stress hormones being measured in whale poo decreased dramatically after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.Scientists put this down to the sudden absence of noise pollution while air and sea traffic was stopped

    Wombats are the only animals known to produce cube-shaped poos. How they do this is a mystery since, like humans, they have round anuses.

    Many British trains have no holding tanks for sewage. If you have a poo on a train in Britain there's a 25% chance it'll drop straight out onto the tracks!

    The Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GG organism, used to create yoghurts and pro-biotic drinks, is descended from a bacterium that was extracted from human poo in 1983.

    Three-lined potato beetles eat plants from the nightshade family and then excrete toxic poo onto their own backs. This makes them poisonous to their predators