Scientists Decided To Eat Lego Heads To Find Out How Long It Takes To Poop Them Out
As kids, there were probably a lot of us that found it really difficult to listen to our parents. We would do things like stay out too late, splash water or mud onto our clothes, and they would be totally livid. A group of researchers answered an important question people didn’t think to ask.
Whether you’re a parent or someone who’s related to/friends with someone who has kids, we know they don’t like to listen. One of the things everyone tells their children is: “don’t swallow that.” A popular toy that many tiny humans like to swallow is Legos, little plastic building blocks.
Published in the Journal of Pediatrics and Child Health, about six researchers in a study sought to record what happened to their body after voluntarily ingesting Legos.
The main goal was to record the time it took for a small Lego piece to travel through someone.
Sure, the findings were important to get, but that doesn’t mean the scientists involved can’t have a little fun. “Pre-ingestion bowel habit was standardized by the Stool Hardness and Transit (SHAT) score. Participants ingested a Lego head, and the time taken for the object to be found in the participants’ stool was recorded. The primary outcome was the Found and Retrieved Time (FART) score.”
The results were actually quite interesting. On average, digestion of the tiny plastic piece only took about 1.71 days. The small Lego head passed through everyone’s digestive system with no problem, suggesting it didn’t affect the body in any way. Don’t go swallowing Legos anytime soon, though.
Even funnier than the story is the fact that one of the scientists never found the toy he swallowed. The paper states hilariously, “females may be more accomplished at searching through their stools than males, but this cannot be statistically validated.”
What other important questions could the team be working on answering now?