The Origin of Feces
An urban naturalist’s guide to crap
By Sarah Godfrey
In community meetings and on neighborhood message boards, there are few hotter topics than poop. While talk of dog-curbing dominates the discourse, plenty are eager to identify varmints in or around their homes by examining the stool samples they leave behind. Turns out, though, most of us donât know crap.
Over the summer, for instance, one city resident shared with a community message board his discovery of feces âdeep brown/black in color, and shaped like Jordan almonds and about the same size.â? He attributed the Italian-wedding-favor-shaped dung to a deer, claiming to âhave seen deer scat many times.â?
Mistaking human feces for animal feces isnât a common occurrence, but it does happen, says Adcock. âWeâve had cases where people were convinced they had a possum, raccoon, or some animal in their house. Theyâre finding feces behind the sofa every dayâthen it turns out itâs their toddler,â? he says. The dead giveaway for human waste is its size: Homo sapiens drops among the biggest turds of any mammals. âYour adult fecal is larger in diameter than any animal youâll ever run across, except a bear,â? says Hurley. âAnd we donât have to worry about bears here. There are no bears in D.C.â? The rest of the story at Washington City Paper