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43.2 Souls



I first heard about Duncan MacDougall’s research into the weight of the human soul on Radio Lab (one of my all time favorite radio shows that EVERYONE who reads me should be listening too!). MacDougall’s bizarre research concluded that the human soul weighs 21 grams by weighing people as they died. His research was disjointed, at best, and is not taken seriously today. Still, though, the number has lingered in my brain.

This morning, after a second dose of Miralax the night before, I finally pooped. I rushed into the bathroom around 5:30 a.m. and quickly jumped on the scale to note my weight. Then I did my business, weighed again and was shocked to realize that I had pooped out two entire pounds. TWO POUNDS.

That isΒ 907.185 grams or the equivalent of 43.2 souls. I believe I have successfully rid myself of all my inner demons and perhaps also pooed out my soul.




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  1. March 19, 2013

    That’s one hell of an exorcist! Glad you’re feeling better. πŸ™‚

  2. jak #
    March 19, 2013

    good lord!!!!!!! you were full of shit!

    personally, i think it’s all the poop dances that were done for you yesterday. i’m not sure what others did, but i did the peewee shuffle. which obviously worked.

  3. Melanie #
    March 19, 2013

    Ahhhhh my goodness I had to read you while eating my breakfast! You made me laugh! Good to hear that your losing poop weight. My only worry is that somebody can hold so much poop in their belly!

  4. March 19, 2013

    Ha ha ha!!!!!

  5. March 19, 2013

    pppppttt! I just spit out my water. Thanks for the laugh!

  6. heatherwallen #
    March 19, 2013

    Congratulations! I told you that Miralax is a miracle worker. Keep up the good work πŸ˜‰

  7. Arbrefleur #
    March 19, 2013

    HAHAHA!!! Congrats on your relief πŸ™‚

  8. March 19, 2013

    I’m still waiting to poo today lol, I think its been like three days now.

  9. karaleen #
    March 19, 2013

    you seriously crack me up!!!! but I know that relief of a good BM….so glad things are moving!!!!

  10. March 19, 2013

    Hahaha brilliant!

  11. Transplant #
    March 19, 2013

    Just found your blog! I’m a fellow wife-of-math-professor (LOVE what I’ve read re: being married to math) and infertility survivor! Just had our first! Looking forward to following your story. NYC should be great….

  12. March 19, 2013

    Haha I wish I had done that with some of those pregnancy poos!!! That is hilarious! Two pounds of poo!

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