Many people choose to relieve themselves while paging an epic tome. If you sit on the toilet until your legs go numb, well, that's your business. However, a new study suggests the amount of time you spend doing your actual business shouldn't be that long.
The study, published in Soft Matter (not a joke), reports mammals poop in approximately 12 seconds on average, regardless of size. It's like the classic children's book Everybody Poops in About 12 Seconds.
The authors took a glimpse at 34 different mammals taking a dump. The animals ranged from under nine pounds to almost 9,000 pounds with both herbivores and carnivores represented.
Not only was the length of time consistent, researchers noted other similarities, as highlighted by New Scientist. "The length of faecal pieces was 5 times as long as the diameter of the rectum in each of the animals... [lead author Patricia] Yang also found that the normal, low-level pressure animals apply to push through a bowel movement is constant, and unrelated to a creature’s body mass. This means that, whether it’s a human or a mouse, the pressure used on normal excrement is the same."