Scientists Eat (and Poop) LEGO Heads. The Reason WHY is Priceless

Everything is awesome. Until you swallow LEGO for the sole purpose of seeing how long it takes to come out the other end.

But this is exactly what a team of Aussie scientists did. And all for the sake of our kids.

In what has to be one of the most interesting scientific studies out there, six paediatric health‐care professionals decided to dig deep (in their own poop) to determine if swallowing LEGO heads is putting our kids at risk.

Don’t try this at home…

Small toys are the second most commonly swallowed objects (after coins) so it makes sense that many mums would be wondering about this very thing.

But, as Don’t Forget the Bubbles explain, “There is very little data out there. We wanted to know how long it would take for a small piece of plastic toy, in this case a Lego head, to pass through.”

Pooping LEGO heads. Just another day at the office 

Of course, they also ensured that their study was extra scientific with various acronyms to help analyse their data. Like the “Stool Hardness and Transit (SHAT) score. And let’s not forget the Found and Retrieved Time (FART) score.

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Here’s how the study went down.

Step one. Eat LEGO heads. Yum yum.

Step two. Let LEGO heads pass through. After the team indulged in a lunch of LEGO heads, they waited to see what would happen.

Step three. Dig through poo. “As with any piece of research it is important to have a robust search strategy in place prior to commencement,” Don’t Forget the Bubbles explain. “A variety of techniques were tried – using a bag and squashing, tongue depressors and gloves, chopsticks – no turd was left unturned.”

Step four. Analyse the LEGO study results. So, just how long does it take for LEGO heads to pass through the system?

1.71 days. And with little complications to the bowels to boot! 

“A toy object quickly passes through adult subjects with no complications. This will reassure parents, and the authors advocate that no parent should be expected to search through their child’s faeces to prove object retrieval,” they write.

So there you go. In case you were ever wondering how long it takes for your child to poop out that missing LEGO head, now you know. And, bonus, you don’t have to dig through your child’s faeces to find out.

Thank you, science.

See how the LEGO experiment went down

Don’t believe that this LEGO study could actually be real? I know, I had my doubts too. But the team also made a video of the study to prove that, yes, this was an actual scientific study.

And not just a bunch of people who took too many bong hits and decided to eat LEGO…

YouTube video

See kids, science can be fun!

Looking for more scientific studies that won’t put you to sleep? Check out this study which suggests that swearing actually makes you a good person. 

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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