Firstly, old age is catching up on me. It was just 8 or 9 months ago that I was at what I call the peak of what I call my physical fitness. But suddenly, injuries which would have disappeared in a couple of days a couple decades ago, are now hanging around. And not only that, they are ganging up with other, older injuries to make getting rid of them ever more difficult. Getting myself mended is taking a lot longer than I had planned. It’s very frustrating.
I’m not impressed.
Secondly however, I am fairly impressed with this article, which appears to weave together a whole lot of threads into one long ugly strand of… er… thicker thread in the wicked wide world of disseminating disinformation around Covid-19.
Just what we all needed to know. I can finally sleep easy tonight.
Apparently, it’s all to do with the last metre of the intestine and not the shape of the extrusion point. Although, presumably the extrusion point must also be that sort of shape though anyway because isn’t there something about a square peg in a round hole or something?
Ag, it’s actually fine. I really don’t need to know. Really.
There are some delicious little comments in the article, such as the name of the journal in which this study was published: Soft Matter.
It’s not all about shit, either. I was enthralled to read about Phase transition characterization of poly(oligo(ethylene glycol)methyl ether methacrylate) brushes using the quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation by Guntner et al., and really enjoyed the incredible work of Hoeger and Ursell at the University of Oregon, demonstrating Steric scattering of rod-like swimmers in low Reynolds number environments. Who knew?
Anyway, what is the reason that wombats have cube-shaped poo?
Asked why wombats have this feature, Carver said one theory was that wombats, with their strong sense of smell, communicate with each other via faeces and that the cube shape helps prevent the faeces from rolling away.
The researchers also found that cube-shaped faeces on an eight degree slope rolled far less than spherical-shaped models.
Well, I’m glad someone has done the hard research yards and discovered that cubes roll less than spheres. Absolutely groundbreaking stuff. Dice manufacturers will be livid when they read that. All this time and they’ve been wasting their time working with cubes instead of prolonging our anticipation by using spherical-shaped models:
“Will it be a three…? Will it…? Will it…? Ah. It’s not really stopping. I might just go and grab a quick drink while we wait until it’s done. Hang on! There! It’s a two!
And it’s also a six.”
Actually, perhaps not.
But if it was so very important for your poo to stay where you left it, why would you evolve:
…big changes in the thickness of muscles inside the intestine, varying between two stiffer regions and two more flexible regions… in addition to the drying out of the faecal material in the distal colon.
…rather than just crapping on a flat bit of ground? It seems like an awful lot of hard work when just thinking a little bit ahead and choosing to do your business on a horizontal surface would surely be a much simpler answer.