giant poops from a normal rectum

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Johnboy asks:

If my rectum is, as the books say, about six inches long, how can I do pieces of poop so much longer than six inches? I laid out a 15" log yesterday (measured with toilet paper, 4" on a side). Beyond that, I do them a foot or so with some frequency. In addition, after the long piece, I usually have some shorter pieces as well, so that the total is 24"-36". How, anatomically, is this possible?


Dear Johnboy,

Your question reminded me of 5th grade math: How many addition signs should be put between digits of the number 987654321 and where should we put them to get a total of 99?

Back to your question. If your rectum is only six inches long, how can you poop out up to 36" of turd?

Well Einstein, food begins to turn into poop after it has left the stomach and entered the small intestine, which is approximately 25 feet long. After that it goes on to the large intestine which is another 5 feet or so in length. Then there is the approximately 6 inches of rectum beyond that. You do the math.

The rectum is just the name for the straight part of the colon that is controlled, meaning that you have some say in when you let the contents out. The entire colon is a holding area for poop, which means that there is plenty of room in there to contain quite a lot of shit.

Good night Johnboy.

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37 Comments on "giant poops from a normal rectum"

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The large intestine has bends, though. Does it shape the poop into a straight turd as it passes the last bend? Woudln't it break off though? How does it work like that?

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Flexi-poo, now available in brown and constipation tar.

Actually, that's an interesting point, DF.


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Good healthy poop is well-formed but soft, which makes it very bendy, but still firm.

If it breaks off, that means there is not enough water content in the stool. The healthier the bowel is, the longer and curvier the poop will be.
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Once again. PR provides good, poop-health information with a humorous aspect thrown in. Thank you, Motherload.

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Ryan has poops that sometimes are as long as a foot in length. They're also wide, maybe 1 1/2" sometimes. He's so small, I always wonder how all that poop can fit inside him.

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Motherload is right, up to a point. It also depends on the speed of evacuation, specially if you`re dumping outdoors. If you are a lazy bastard and don`t dig a hole, then you can expect a nice coiled snake in one long piece to come continually out your bung. This shows that several bends of lower intesine are emptying at once.

However, if you are a decent person and dig a hole, gravity will force the turd to split and fall in sections.

Both options are better than unloading liquid shit - much better, however, in a hole, than several yards of gut firing out a couple of gallons of wet muck that bounces back all over you.

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Grrr, I have poop envy! How the heck do you people have such impressive lengths. If I get 6" after two boxes of brand cereal I've had a good day.

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Some of this also depends on bowel capacity, diet, health of the person, and just simply how each individual's body functions. I have heard that younger people (18 to 30) generally have larger bowel movements, while older people have smaller bowel movements. Some people (me for one), have less bendy, firmer (play dough consistency) poop than most people. On the other hand, I have heard of people that have well fomed, but very bendy (marshmallow consistency) poop. This would be a great survey question.
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If my sphincter is only 1 millimeter long, why do I often have poops that are 8 inches in length?
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I'd be glad to explain that for you in the chat box, Sam. It has to do with how your guts are made.

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Sounds like a chat up line to me DF.

If`n you an Sam is gonna get hitched, I guess you boys ain`t gonna be movin up to Montany too quick, as ole Everett`s gonna be headin up there soon to stake a claim.

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You can come too, Thunderbox. In fact, I wish more people would use the chat box. It's better than nothing. I'd rather everyone IM me, but it seems no one is going to!

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Some of us learn from our mistakes DF.

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There seems to be an assumption here that there is a 1 to 1 relationship between the length of the log and the distance it extended into the shitter's descending colon. I don't think this is true. Shit, for the most part, is a fairly malleable pasty substance and it will actually distend the rectum -which is fairly elastic. (The more rectal distention, the greater the sense of urgency regarding taking a dump). When you do finally go, the shit is extruded out of the anus, like toothpaste from a tube (albeit, brown, smelly, diarrhea-omlete breath toothpaste) and the length for the most part depends on how much is extruded in an unbroken segment before being "pinched" or separating for whatever other crapping mechanics related reason.

Defecography is the x-ray imaging of the process of shitting which is typically done done with barium paste (mixed with mashed potato) injected into the rectum through the asshole. It can now also be done with MRI and a gadolinium enhanced pseudo-shit mix injected into the rectum. You can see pictures of it via the links below. They illustrate the shit contained in the rectum in "reservoir" fashion and the extrusion process into formed stools.

Video atlas of defecography

(note that "feces" also is contained in the descending colon, but it is still extruded. It does not move in an intact column like fashion out of the anus)

MRI Defecography

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Kam, that's some interesting shit.

On a totally weird note, maybe some people's bungs are just more elastic. I have a cat named Nomad who has the biggest shit I've ever seen come from a cat EVER. He's a normal-sized, neutered male who's very active. He's about 10 pounds or so. And his butt appears normal.

However, his poop is dog-sized. I can always tell when and where he's pooped when I sift the boxes every morning. I wonder if humans are also capable of this size-deceptive-shitting.


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Hey, Kam. That's some amazing stuff! Thanks for posting it.

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The thing I dont understand is sometimes I will take a thunderous crap and it looks like a GIANT BALL of crap. How could that gigantic ball form like that. Never ceases to amaze me.

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AAP trust me, the beauty of large logs wears off very quickly when you need a turd chopper in every bathroom, or your toilet will get stopped up.
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I need a turd chopper even on LiquiShit that has any chunks. My toilet will back up on anything, and I mean anything! Randomly flush it with nothing but the bowl water in it, and watch it rise to the rim...

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mrmike, you should google "megacolon" and read about it. I don't think you have it, but that is one of the ways people can get the ball formation. My daughter had a distended colon for a few years and her poops were mongo. Thank God for cholase and milk of magnesia.


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I'm still dumbfounded at how our bodies can hold 31.5 feet of guts bellow our waists.

Some are born crappy, some achieve crappiness, and some have crapiness thrusted upon them. (Do NOT be the last one)

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After a visit with my GI doc, I stuck an enema up my ass. 5 minutes later, the saline came cascading out. After about another 3 minutes, my ass produced the most magnificent poop I have ever seen. I have a tendency to shit out large logs, but this thing was mondo - 1 long piece that went from the top of the water all the way into the drain. I worry though, full of shit as I am, that that poop was just hainging out in my descending colon. If I have constipation type IBS and I haven't shat for a week, the true crowning glory of my poop is still stuck inside - there in the transverse and ascending colon.

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Interesting thread. I have still often wondered how the 6" rectum can allow passage of straight turds far longer than that; I guess the straightening of the last part of the colon and the rectum into one tube would explain it. I no longer have such long straight turds; my lots-of-water diet makes my poop softer than formerly, though still well-formed. Occasionally I still get the really long ones, usually by sitting on the rim (not the seat), leaning well forward, and pushing rather suddenly, to get the poop out in one sustained impulse. Even so, though, the turds are softer now. Usually I am content with my several 6" or so pieces. I guess I'd better be content, because that's what there is. I am waiting now for my morning poop; I didn't have a bowel movement yesterday because a diarrhea attack the day before cleaned me out rather thoroughly. A day without poop is like a day without sunshine (come to think of it . . .)

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"The Giant Rectum"--premise for a new sci-fi movie in the planning stages about an asshole that runs rampant all over the...oh, wait, Tom Cruise has already written, produced and starred in that movie.

Actually, it's a documentary and is up for Best Short Subject of 2007.

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Think of your asshole as like the hole in a tube of toothpaste. The tube may have a length of six inches or so but it can extrude many feet of paste. I once lived on papayas for a day and took a shit that, if straightened, would have probably measured 50 feet, it was soft and very thin.

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The actual answer is found in outer space with our sleepless night-owl astronomers. According to cosmologists, black holes suck in all light and matter around them and supposedly pull them into a densely packed ball. No one knows quite how this happens, leading to a question just as baffling as the foot long poop problem.

The truth of the matter is, those black holes do have an exit out the other side. This would explain the foot long poops in our toilets on occasion. It is entirely possible that some transdimensional shift occurs in the fabric of space, thus transporting matter into our rectums, where it exits into the toilet below in a fascinating "coiled snake" effect.

Unfortunately, this theory is not widely accepted in the scientific community. Much like the two unfortunate pronunciations of Uranus.

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Then the other question. If the rectum is only six inches long, how can anal sex be possible?

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Producing long turds is mainly done by staying relaxed and keeping up constant pressure once the shit starts coming out. If you tense up, the asshole will snip the shit in pieces, just like a pair of scissors. This is why I like to read on the pot; get your mind on other things and the turd slides right out.

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Hey Squat-N-Leavit,
Anal sex is possible because most men lie about the size of their shlong!!

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Penises are a lot like poop. Three sizes. Small, medium, and "OH my GOD!"

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i have had poops well into 16 - 20 inches and am always baffled by the fact that i only poop every 3-6 days

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Rambler Fails!

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I poop big huge turds every day. Most are about 10 - 12 inches long.

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yesterday i diarrhead like, a few gallons of poo. so today i googled something about how much poo can a rectum hold, and my next google was going to be (if the first one yielded no results) "how much can a rectum stretch." well the first google question produced a result: this one... it was the very last one on the page and this whole conversation has just FASCINATED me!
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My son this morn poop out this 6 by 6 inch turd. I was wondering if it's normal to poop such a thing that big and round? It clogged my toilet up.. I asked him if he had swallowed that 6inch sub whole cause it about the same size.. My poor son must be in pain when he poops like that.. Does he need med help or just changing his diet would work?

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Long, firm, bulky poop is the norm. You're on the right track!

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Wow!! I have you all beat, I gave birth to a 15 inch long and 4inch diameter poop yesterday that my butt still remembers today. I hope I never have to do that again!!!