Doctors Swallow Lego Heads for the Good of Mankind

Lego experiment

And one of the major culprits are the bazillion pieces of Lego scattered around the house - because let's be honest, we are either forever standing on the teeny bits, while yelping in pain and desperately trying not to swear - or our darling kids are devouring them whenever they feel the inexplicable need. It took an average of 1.71 days for the Lego head to exit the body, with a varied FART score between 1.14 and 3.04 days.

Their results have been published in the Christmas edition of the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. The time it took before the Lego head was retrieved was dubbed as FART or Found and Retrieved Time. It's all about the acronyms.

The primary goal of the research was to see how long it takes for a tiny toy like a Lego to find its way through the human body.

The Shat score assessed the consistency or changes in the stool while the Fart score recorded the number of days. Children just love to stick stuff in their mouths and while parents do their best to keep tiny toys away from eager eaters there's always a chance that something like a Lego finds its way into the stomach of a youngster.

Six researchers from Australia and the United Kingdom ingested the head of a Lego figure, which is about 10mm by 10mm, to determine "typical transit times". The researchers also note that "females may be more accomplished at searching through their stools than males", adding this "could not be statistically validated".

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That poor guy had to search each and every one of his stools for two weeks, one of the study's participants, Grace Leo, told the Guardian.

"For most people it was passed after one to three stools".

"Even within the academic paper itself - a format where colourful language goes to die - the authors went out of their way to have some fun", Gizmodo noted.

In addition, experience has shown that the head is LEGO coming to light faster than coins (the authors here rely on the study 1971).

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