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Chernobyl vodka, music-enhanced cheese, and bong bacteria


  • Dog food bowls: 248.5 RLU.
  • ATM keypad buttons: 1,819 RLU.
  • Public toilet seats: 2,350 RLU.
  • Cannabis pipes: 3,497 RLU.

When reached for comment, a bacterium inhabiting a cannabis pipe had this to say: “It’s like the big book says, dude: Be totally excellent and multiply.”

You may want to skip that morning coffee

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It’s no secret that Earth’s climate is changing. The planet is heating up as record amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are pumped into the atmosphere every year. It’s a complex and dire problem with no easy solution.

Well, unless you’re Jair Bolsonaro, president of Brazil. He’s come up with a very simple, very elegant way to save the environment: Poop less.

To be more precise, pooping every other day “will be better for the whole world,” according to Mr. Bolsonaro. His statement, made in response to criticism that clear-cutting of the Brazilian rainforest has accelerated dramatically in the past year (870 square miles in July 2019, a 278% increase from the year before), also included a call to eat less, which is fair enough. As for the poop advice, we run into a slight problem.

According to a 2018 study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, healthy adults poop anywhere from three times a day (the Taco Bell enthusiasts, no doubt) to three times a week, and only 40% poop at least once a day. A “poop every other day” law would likely result only in a lot of brown pants and not a lot of healthier environment.

So, back to the drawing board, we’re afraid. Maybe nix that whole clear-cutting the rainforest thing?

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