What an age we live in! Humans might go to Mars sooner than later, we have access to all kinds of information at our fingertips every second of the day, oh, and scientists now know how long it takes a human being to poop out a swallowed LEGO head. So we have that going for us as a species.
This probably is important news for those of us with children (or if you’re an adult who has some odd tendencies), because you know how they love to stick anything and everything into their little mouths.
A study published in the Journal of Pediatrics and Child Health detailed what happened after six adults intentionally swallowed a LEGO head. Then it was time to wait and dig through some poop! It’s research people, grow up.
The average elapsed time from consumption of the toy cranium to getting rid of the evidence was 1.71 days. Five out of the six participants passed the LEGO with no issues. One never saw the head again (!) even though he did a thorough search. Researchers think it’s possible he missed it somehow.
The authors named the elapsed time ‘Find and Retrieval Time’ – yes, FART. The reason behind the study was to assure parents that a child who swallows a LEGO head will likely pass the toy without complications in a day or two. Keep an eye on those kiddos, you never know what they’re about to eat.