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05.19.15 Liam Mathews

Jim Reed, Governors Island’s director of park and public space, adopted a 5-year-old border collie named Max and molded his natural talent, sensei-like, into the Island’s first line of defense against geese that eat too much grass and poop all over the place. “Our turfs are getting decimated [by the geese],” Reed told DNAinfo. “They […]

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04.29.15 Liam Mathews

Four years after the NYPD began patrolling the Lower East Side’s nightlife district on horseback, literal horse shit is still a problem in the neighborhood. Bowery Boogie reports that there are piles of shit all over Hell Square (their clever nickname for the bar-saturated zone from Houston to Delancey and Allen to Clinton) every Saturday […]

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04.07.15 Liam Mathews

A German sociologist who probably doesn’t get along with his neighbors made a pet project out of studying the habits of dog walkers to determine why some people don’t clean up after their dogs. In a study published in the journal Environmental Sociology, too-perfectly-named professor Matthias Gross observed folks walking their dogs in public places […]

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08.19.14 Sophie Weiner

The number of violations of the “pooper scooper” law — which carries a $250 fine for those who don’t clean up after their dogs — are the highest in the Bronx and Queens, DNAinfo reports. Bronx residents were cited for breaking the law 252 times in the last two years, which Queens followed with 68 and […]

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08.04.14 Sophie Weiner

Last Friday, a bird took a well-timed shit on Vladimir Putin, while he was giving a speech at the unveiling of a monument commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I. The poop landed on the Russian President’s tailored suit shoulder, as he said, “Humankind should grasp one truth: violence generates violence.” Watch the video […]

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02.20.14 Andy Cush

Finding a bathroom while out and about in the city can be a figurative (and sometimes literal) pain in the ass. Still, you probably don’t need POSH, a company that aims to put members-only bathrooms around Manhattan. The first one comes to midtown June 2014. What does POSH bathroom service entail? For a $15-per-year flat […]

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Andy Cush

Somehow, fecal microbiota transplantation is a real, scientific treatment that actually cures diseases. That is, in real life, not an Austin Powers film or a bad episode of South Park, you can get other people’s poop implanted into your colon to treat your Clostridium difficile, a deadly digestive infection. And it works! But until now, there’s been no place […]

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12.04.13 Andy Cush

Bad news: a study of various cannabis strains from Connecticut’s University of New Haven found things like manure, E. Coli, salmonella, mildew, and dead insects present on plants the researchers tested. The study, led by Heather Miller Coyle, was funded with a $100,000 federal grant. Coyle is using her findings to argue for a more tightly […]

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09.19.13 Andy Cush

Poop power is finally upon us, as researchers from Stanford University have developed a battery that gathers electricity from the bacteria that grows on feces. It’s yet enough to power the world–the device can generate just 30 percent of the potential energy found in shit–but according to its developers, it could at least help power […]

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03.19.13 Andy Cush

If you can get over your gag reflex, it’s not a bad idea: a new restroom facility in Prospect Park’s historic Wellhouse building will store all human waste in a giant underground container, rather than pump it into a sewage treatment plant, and after five years or so of mixing around with wood chips and […]

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