Let’s get a few jokes out of the way first:
Wanna hear a poop joke?
Nah, they always stink.
What did one piece of toilet paper say to another?
“I’m feeling really wiped.”
Why did Tigger stick his head in the toilet?
To look for Pooh!
What did one toilet say to the other?
“You look flushed.”
Why did the man bring toilet paper to the party?
He’s a party pooper.
Link for the jokes, in case you wanna fetch more!
I guess what I want to say first is that I bet this book was bought as a gag gift for someone’s 40th or 50th or even 60th birthday.
“What a hoot!,” Someone thinks. “Sally will die of embarrassment when she opens this,” Same Someone says to themselves, laughing, as they wrap it in a brown paper bag. Maybe they make a basket with Kaopectate or Metamucil, adult diapers and Poo-Pourri spray. Oh, how they laugh and laugh…
Poop is certainly not on the top of anyone’s list to chat about. For most of us, it is a… well… kind-of taboo subject.
In my family growing up, bathroom stuff was personal and I liked it that way. Long before Vegas stole our slogan, The Nelsen’s said, “What happens in the bathroom stays in the bathroom.“
As I was doing research about What’s Your Poo Telling You? by Josh Richman and Anish Sheth, MD, I ran across all sorts of interesting things. For example, just for funsies, here is a list of “The 10 Most Epic Poop Scenes in Movies”. <<< You’re very welcome!
But let’s get real…
Bathroom habits and everything surrounding the room, your hiney and what comes out of it is pretty-much something you keep between you, yourself and your doctor. And sometimes, not even your doctor. Pity, that, since potty-problems are one of the biggest indicators of overall-health issues. But I’m getting ahead of myself, as I so often doo-doo. (Hee hee. I make me laugh!)
I picked this book up at a thrift shop for $3.95. It boasts, “LOADS of Facts About Your Health” on the front and in just-shy of 100 pages, it delivers…
And, in a great way!
For people like me – the health anxiety sufferers – this book is utterly READABLE! It’s not scary at all because of how it’s set up. Sure, some of it – like medical tidbits from Dr. Stool – sound a little juvenile, but it’s palatable (not literally! You couldn’t expect me NOT to throw in a haha here in there, could you?) and vital information.
Interspersed throughout are fun illustrations by Peter Arkle that help smooth the way (Okay, I’ll stop!).
Being very honest, it *suddenly* (as in: just this moment!) occurred to me that this is the kind of book that belongs in a bathroom, which is where I bet it spent some of its prior life. Someone else’s bathroom.
So, sad as it may be, I’ll be tossing this book once I’m done writing about it, now that I think about it.
I’m serious about how good it is, though… for someone who doesn’t want a textbook or medical dissertation about the world of poo. You know?
Just a word of caution to anyone thinking about getting it…
Buy it new.
I need to go wash my hands now. Maybe a shower.