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March 27, 2006

Lesser Known Mysteries of the Universe

Why is it that no matter how many times you make your child go to the bathroom before you leave, and no matter how brief the excursion you go on, he will STILL need to poop in a public restroom?

Is there such a thing as the Law of Conservation of Bowels?

Posted by Big Arm Woman at March 27, 2006 01:31 PM

I think it's Bowels' Law - a variation on Boyle's Law, which has to do with the pressure, volume and temperature of a gas.

Stated another way, "at a constant temperature, the volume will increase given the increased pressure to remain continent in a public area."

Posted by: Scott at March 27, 2006 02:06 PM

Xenophilia. Your child has to use the restroom because it's a new, different restroom. I can predict my children's need for a potty break by waiting till the food arrives and then one more minute. Potty time!

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at March 27, 2006 11:51 PM

I always thought it had to do with some little-known branch or other of probability. Maybe, when more probabilists are female, we can get some serious answers, dammit! ;)

Fortunately (for me), my child just turned 20, so I don't have to think about that stuff any more.

Posted by: Patti at March 28, 2006 07:40 AM

If he will GO in a public restroom you are way ahead in the game. Really.

Posted by: Laura at March 28, 2006 08:05 AM

The need to poop is influenced by movement more than mothers.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at March 28, 2006 08:30 AM