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One Man’s Poo is Another Man’s PhD


Scientists collect crazy things. I'm not talking thimble-crazy or frog-themed-crazy. That kind of tchotchke barely ranks on the crazy scale. The collections I'm talking about are things like bellybutton lint, whale vomit, and human poo. You mean raw sewage?! Yes, sort of... but straight from the source. Fresh, unadulterated. Yup. And to supersize the irony, people are paying scientists for the distinct pleasure of having their poo join the collection. Really! True story. Those nut-bag scientists have actually set up a project where you can pay for the privilege to have your poo in their special collection. Can you imagine such a thing?

© Kalliopi Monoyios

Only two days left to have your poo memorialized for science. Join the fun! You won't regret it.

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