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What determines whether a poop will float or sink?

Asked by NathanESP (100points) July 10th, 2009

is it diet, temperature or are is it some personality related thing?

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Tink's avatar

Poop?? Or pop?

sandystrachan's avatar

I think it has to do with diet and the amount of fat in said poops .
Did you have a non flusher today ?

Saturated_Brain's avatar

I don’t know… Mine generally tend to sink to the bottom. Of course, a few will just float up no matter what. But I think that sinking is the norm. If all of my poop floated, I’d be really worried.

Next they’ll start sliming their way up the bowl

Tink's avatar

Omg guys that is just nasty!! I thought he meant soda, I’m leaving this thread before even more discriptive shit comes up
no pun intended

Saturated_Brain's avatar

@Tink1113 When in doubt, check the tags (although I gotta admit that even then they might not be so helpful at times)

Tink's avatar

@Saturated_Brain I gotta start reading tags more often

Saturated_Brain's avatar

Ah… Here we go…. From

“Actually, it is gas that does it. Increased levels of air and gas in the poop make it less dense, and cause it to float. Simple as that. Dietary changes can lead to an increase in the amount of gas produced by the bacteria that live in the gut, which is probably what the vegetarians are basing their whole “perfect stool” theory on. I don’t know—the whole time I was vegan I never consistently produced Floaters.”


“Conventional medical wisdom attributes Floaters to the amount of fat in your poop. While this IS true for certain diseases (cystic fibrosis, celiac disease, biliary atresia, abetalipoprotenimia and a few other weird sounding illnesses), it is NOT true for your run-of-the-mill healthy person.”

Here’s the link to the page.

As for the author of said answer… Here’re her credentials
“Poonurse is an RN with 25 years experience in labor and delivery. Her qualifications include seeing a lot of poop, and owning a computer. Also, she works in Michigan, which she calls the asshole of the universe, so that’s another bit of credibility. Got a question for her?”

peedub's avatar

I think it has a lot to do with the corn and peanut ratio.

shockvalue's avatar

Don’t forget that bean you had for lunch!

RandomMrdan's avatar

I always thought it had something to do with the amount of fiber in someone’s diet.

Bluefreedom's avatar

I was really interested in having breakfast until I made the mistake of reading through all the answers here. Although I have no appetite left, I’m now highly knowledgeable regarding the buoyancy of fecal matter. Lovely.

Saturated_Brain's avatar

@Bluefreedom Aw man… Looks like you’ll have to fall back on your vitamin water.

Bluefreedom's avatar

@Saturated_Brain. That’s a possibility but the vitamin water itself is brown. That fact alone kills the urge to drink it.

sap82's avatar

Are you after floaters or sinkers.

Phobia's avatar

This topic has made my day. I now have some unwanted facts to share with friends

brettvdb's avatar

Hahaha what a great question. Now I know!

ShanEnri's avatar

I was told it has to do with how much iron you have in your blood. Have good iron it sinks, anemic it floats.

CMaz's avatar

With poop comes gas. The amount of gaseous matter or matter that is gaseous can produce a floatation device in your poop receptacle.

simpleD's avatar

Now that I think about it, I haven’t had any floaters in all the years I’ve been a vegetarian.

Saturated_Brain's avatar

@simpleD Gasp! All your veggie products could be tainted with meat!

sakura's avatar

I Lurve Fluther questions like this make my night xx

jamielynn2328's avatar

And to think, I just answered a question about a delicious thing I cooked once….

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