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[–] PM_ME_YOUR_ARCHES 1 points 66 points (+67|-1) ago  (edited ago)

Short tale about an unconventional use of feces:

The Inuit didn’t fear the cold; they took advantage of it. During the 1950s the Canadian government forced the Inuit into settlements. A family from Arctic Bay told me this fantastic story of their grandfather who refused to go. The family, fearful for his life, took away all of his tools and all of his implements, thinking that would force him into the settlement. But instead, he just slipped out of an igloo on a cold Arctic night, pulled down his caribou and sealskin trousers, and defecated into his hand. As the feces began to freeze, he shaped it into the form of an implement. And when the blade started to take shape, he put a spray of saliva along the leading edge to sharpen it. That’s when what they call the “shit knife” took form. He used it to butcher a dog. Skinned the dog with it. Improvised a sled with the dog’s rib cage, and then, using the skin, he harnessed up an adjacent living dog. He put the shit knife in his belt and disappeared into the night.

Edit: Great, my most upvoated comment is a story about a shit knife.

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[–] Demar_Derooooozan 2 points 10 points (+12|-2) ago 

Moral of the story. Don't force people to go into settlements. Some of the decisions the Canadian government has made to our natives have been terrible. But now I know what to do if I need a knife in the north.

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[–] BustyChicksFTW 1 points 7 points (+8|-1) ago 

The things I learn on Voat...

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[–] carlip 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

The shit knife would melt in dog flesh. Dogs are like 99-102 degree F.

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[–] gramman74 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Fun sucker!

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[–] bacon_tastes_good 0 points 21 points (+21|-0) ago 

Implantation of feces into the gut of patients suffering Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) has proven very effective. Source:http://www.mayoclinic.org/medical-professionals/clinical-updates/digestive-diseases/quick-inexpensive-90-percent-cure-rate

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[–] AtheistComic 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago  (edited ago)

This needs to be #1 on the list. This works basically as a suppository for intestine flora. You get the flora from the feces you used and it can completely revitalize your guts, basically.

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[–] Dashippy 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

Human feces can be used for pretty much anything animal feces can. There are differences in the makeup because of diet but essentially poop is poop, regardless of the butthole it comes out of. I think people are just more squeamish about the idea of using human poop for something they would use animal poop for. No one would bat an eye at using animal feces as fertilizer but if you told people you crapped on your backyard they'd think you were crazy.

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[–] Ralesblasband 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Not the best idea unless you're careful about processing it. And you still have a heavy metal problem relative to manure.

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[–] Tsugumori 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

I have a cousin who does this. Due to scientific mumbo-jumbo that I don't understand they have to let it sit in some sort of treatment for over a year before they can safely use it.

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[–] ezdi 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

It's not mumbo-jumbo. Eating poop can give you the digestive illnesses/parasites that the pooper had. Most animal illnesses don't affect humans, but humans do have ones that will affect other humans. Frankly, I'm surprised a year is sufficient and they don't require heating to sterilize or similar.

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[–] Scimitar66 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Most manure is animal feces that must be left in storage for a year until it is broken down, so that the acids will not burn and damage the plants.

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[–] Usonian 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

In addition to fertilizer, it can be used as a source of methane, and there's a Ghananian company that's developing a biodiesel plant that uses raw sewage to create electricity.

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[–] d3nmo 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Sure, as fertilizer, and fuel if you extract the methane gas.

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[–] d3nmo 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Here's an interesting link

You'd have to take quite a few dumps to generate electricity though ;-)

If you take dumps from a tree, you could use the gravitational force to generate some additional energy :P

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[–] DoomMantia 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago 

Person 1: farts

Person 2: Ugh! That's nasty!

Person 1: Sorry! Gotta recharge my phone!

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[–] didntsayeeeee 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Personally I'd just prefer a hand crank or something but hey.

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[–] PuttItOut 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Let's see if this works: Paging @UnidanBiology

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[–] Plymouth 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I've seen a video of a guy who lives sustainably off the grid. He developed a system to convert his poop into gas for the oven...

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[–] Padraic 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

You can use human manure as fertilizer. There's a whole website dedicated to it.

humanurehandbook.com

disclaimer: I do not represent or work for humanurehandbook.com.

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