What Does Your Poo Say About You?

According to this Salon article, poo is sweeping the nation! Well, at least a book about it is. What's Your Poo Telling You?, by Josh Richman and Anish Sheth, M.D., has sold over 225,000 copies.

Even Oprah's talking about poo!

So why poo, and why now? Well, when it comes to the success of "What's Your Poo Telling You?" there are two good reasons that two men in their 30s, who were potty-trained with the children's scatological classic "Everyone Poops," would grow up to write an adult version that speaks to their generation. No. 1, now that baby boomers are decidedly middle-aged, they're becoming ever more aware of physiological changes that make poop an important topic of conversation. No. 2, we're experiencing a baby boomer boomlet, with millions of new parents focusing, as new parents will, on their wee ones' output.

Moreover, this is the natural progression of a nation obsessed, and browbeaten, about eating healthy. So we've moved from mouth southward, from fretting over what goes in our mouth to what comes out the other end.

So, let's talk poo. Dr. Mehmet Oz can get us started:

"You want to hear what the stool, the poop, sounds like when it hits the water," Oz instructs. "If it sounds like a bombardier, you know, 'plop, plop, plop,' that's not right because it means you're constipated. It means the food is too hard by the time it comes out. It should hit the water like a diver from Acapulco hits the water." Oz makes a "swoosh" sound -- the sound of an Olympian excrement champion.

So tell us! We're all anonymous friends here. Do you check your poo? Do you do the doo-doo talk, or is that strictly behind closed (bathroom) doors? What does your poo say about you?

And lastly, in other poo-related news, a woman sat on her boyfriend's toilet for two years straight, long enough for her skin to have grown around it.

So, yeah, don't worry, compared to that nothing you say could possibly be that strange.