The Big Count: 2011
Late on the 31st of December 2008, I was asked a question. That question was simple:
"How many poos do you think you'll have in 2009?"
Immediately I was interested, and on the morning of January first, I began my quest, counting number one.
Throughout 2009 I continued to rack up the count, finishing the year on 644, at a rate of 1.76 poos-per-day. The fascination grew into 2010 as I opened up the idea to the online world. A total of 23 people have taken part this year, with many having been counting the full year, and we are now seeing this become a real scientific piece of research. At the end of November, this group has been done a total of 7,611 poos, and we have seen that the average of an individual over the full year is 1.25 poos-per-day.
However, this is not merely it. The bigger question is always 'What is normal?' in terms of averages; but my hypothesis, based on my friend James' and my 2009 pilot studies, is that in warmer months, the number of poos-per-day increases. Put simply, the summer brings more poos than winter. This fact has also been found to be true this year, with everyone's monthly results giving us the stats to show that June has yet again been the year's highest in terms of trips to the loo. Fascinating stuff, I'm sure you agree.
So now... it's over to you.
2009 was inspiring, 2010 was captivating, and 2011 can be incredible!
Please, join us in the quest to find out if two is too much? Is one enough? Is three the signal of something wrong? These questions are only answered with numbers and groups such as mine.
It only takes a very small amount of time to count one more number when you're sitting down. I suggest keeping a count on your phone, as it's something I usually have in my pocket when I go, and then I don't have to remember mentally.
I run the official group on Facebook, and results given to me on there are counted and used in the statistics. So please, follow the link below and join in the fun!
Invite your friends.
Count your poos.