Over the course of a year, from 1/20/15 to 1/20/16, every instance of defecation was recorded in a
spreadsheet. I defined defecation: a sit, a loaf, a wipe, and a flush. Courtesy flushes, half an hour
slugfests, and multiple wipe and poo sessions did
not increase the tally more than once. I recorded four statistics regarding each poop: date, time, location,
and consistency. Consistency was measured via eyeball, in reference to the Bristol
Stool Scale .
Raw data can be found
here. Without further ado, let's get into this mess, my own tales of umber.
1a - Poops by Location
1b - Poops per Day
1a - Predictably, my most frequent poop locations occurred at work, with a secondary location of my home.
Assuming each poop averaged about 5 minutes, at NYS minimum wage (8.75), pooping on the company dime will have
made me around $185.20 this year.
To see the top 5 non-home and non-work locations, please click on the "Other" slice of the pie graph.
1b - Shows the number of n-poop days I had this year. With an average of 1.4, it's not surprising that
most frequently 1 poop days occurred, followed by 2 poop days. Strangely enough I did go through multiple days,
24 to be exact, with 0 poops.
The smallest slice of our graph here are days I remember most fondly, 4 poop days, these miasma filled days
were usually caused by a combination of binge drinking, sickness, or an unrepentant love for curry.
Total Poops and Average Consistency
2a - I averaged 42 poops per month, with a high of 53 (January) and a low of 35 (August). The inconsistencies,
taking into account the differences of days in a month, I found expected. The average consistency also varied
wildly, with a high of 4.4 (October
was a sloppy month), and a low of 3.5 in May. The only trend that seemed to hold true was a higher volume of
poops during colder months. I attribute this to more leafy greens and fresh fruit consumed during summer, and
more hearty meals and more
indoor time during the winter.
2b - Here we really start to see a trend forming. A skyrocket in the looseness of my stool on Sunday correlates
to my habit of having more than a few drinks on Saturday nights. Poops are fairly consistent during the week,
most likely due to predictable
coffee consumption. We also notice a slight swoon during Friday and the weekend, when I generally have better
things to do than poop!
3a - Poop Time by Hour
3a - Predictably, my most frequent poops came during daylight hours, with the hour of 10-11 dominating my
fecal frequency with 93 poops. We've separated the weekday and weekend poops to highlight the difference
stability makes, specifically routine coffee
drinking at around 10 o'clock. More surprising was the uptick of poops after 19:00, especially after hitting
the near low of six 18:00 poops, of which, four came on the weekend. One could infer that this was my cooking
and eating time, after
returning home from work.
I mapped a majority of the 40 different toilets that were blessed with my precious cheeks this year. Poop
location of the year goes to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, which had exquisite granite flooring,
perfect stall height, and a very generous
bowl and seat. Worst poop location of the year goes to Milkies Elmwood Lounge. To be fair, I never learned my
lesson, and ended up there 3 times. At least I could hear the open mic comedy set from my ivory throne.