Poo Facts

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

    Brown banner: Up to 70% of white sand on Carribean beaches is made of parrotfish poo. These fish excrete tiny indigestible fragments of coral. One fish can make 100kg of poo-sand each year!

    Brown banner: 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.

    Brown banner: 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 6000 acres of land in Ventura (U.S.A.)

    Brown banner: 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.

    Brown banner: 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.

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

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

    Brown banner: 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.

    Brown banner: 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.