Published: Thu, November 29, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

How Lengthy Does It Take To Poop Lego?

How Lengthy Does It Take To Poop Lego?

"A toy object quickly passes through adult subjects with no complications", the team found.

Pediatricians have to deal with all kinds of interesting situations in their daily work with children, and kids eating random objects is of them. But despite how common this is, little research has actually been done in the area.

Six reserchers from Australia and the United Kingdom have revealed that they all swallowed the head of a Lego figure to show that they can pass through the human body without ill effect.

The study involved six doctors associated with the pediatric medical blog Don't Forget the Bubbles. And yes, the scientific method used in the study may sound disgusting and risky. The amount of time it took to travel from mouth to toilet was also aptly titled - the Found and Retrieved Time (aka the FART) score.

Prior to swallowing the heads, researchers were required to keep track of the quality of their poop, measured as Stool Hardness and Transit (SHAT). After what might have been a painful release, the conclusion seems to be that a toy block should pass through in about 1.71 days on average. Furthermore, one of the volunteers never even retrieved the Lego head at all.

Doctors do not recommend this for lunch
Doctors do not recommend this for lunch

"This will reassure parents, and the authors advocate that no parent should be expected to search through their child's feces to prove object retrieval", the researchers said.
"Perhaps one day many years from now, a gastroenterologist performing a colonoscopy will find it staring back at him", they wrote.

Despite the results, the researchers admitted it was a small sample size meaning the data should not be extrapolated.

A half dozen pediatricians made a decision to see what affect, if any, a tiny yellow Lego head would have on their own bodies by volunteering to swallow them.

Ultimately the team acknowledges the study was not "hard science" but just "a bit of fun in the run-up to Xmas".


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