Do You Feel A Sudden Urge To Poop When You’re Shopping For Books?



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Listen, it’s a thing.

Posted on September 11, 2017, 17:30 GMT


As it turns out, it’s a common enough occurrence to have been
named: the
Mariko Aoki phenomenon. Allegedly,
the naming dates to 1985, when a woman named Mariko Aoki
wrote a letter to the Japanese book-themed magazine “Han no
Zasshi” about the connection between bookstores and her bowel
movements. The editor printed her letter, and was surprised
to receive many responses to the effect of, “Same!!”

Fun fact: There’s a whole community of people out there
just like me that have to poop whenever they walk into
bookstores

05:13
PM – 29 Jun 2017

Hey scientists, how about ONE of you take a break from
cancer and try to figure out why bookstores make me
poop

03:57
PM – 21 May 2017

Strong evidence of causation doesn’t exist, but some (weak)
hypotheses include a laxative effect of the smell of ink or
paper, an association between bookstores and reading on the
toilet, and the likelihood that people drink coffee in
bookstores. But even if science can’t explain it, that doesn’t
mean some book browsers don’t experience it.

Does being in a bookstore make you have to poop?

Do You Feel A Sudden Urge To Poop When You’re Shopping For
Books?

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name.

Do You Feel A Sudden Urge To Poop When You’re Shopping For
Books?

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I knew it was a thing but I didn’t know it had a
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