Of all the culture shocks to my system during my 1999 semester abroad in Moscow, the one I remember best was the toilet. On the surface, it looked normal, like any American toilet I've ever had the pleasure of spending quality time on. But upon opening the lid, I was faced with a high ledge at the back designed to catch solid waste; only after the flush--and my, what a large flush--could I pretend the stuff had never existed.
My host family told me it was a brilliant design, one that enabled us all to more closely inspect the health of our entrails without having to get down on our knees. Apparently, Russians can read poo better--and less squeamishly--than I. Even by the end of the semester, I never got used to seeing my poo on a perch. It was just too close for comfort.
Poo Log HD app for iPad to the rescue! For just $1.99, we can now monitor our output without that up-close-and-personal toilet shelf.
The Poo Log (an unfortunate combination of words, to be sure) features a digital timer and journal by which one can record and track one's digestive health. Already available as apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch, which have both been updated to match the thrills of the new iPad version, the Poo Log now allows users to create multiple individual profiles--fun for the whole family!
The Poo Log HD for iPad also allows users to set their poo date and time, and comes equipped with potty humor as well, lest we forget the ultimate purpose of the app--medical information that helps us translate what our poo is trying to tell us.
The app, created by AvatarLabs, is based on the book "What is your poo telling you?" by Josh Richman and Anish Sheth, who recently appeared on ABC News and said: "The most important thing you can tell from your bowel movements is, 'Am I getting enough fiber in my diet?' And on average, you're supposed to get at least 25 grams a day; the average American gets about 10, and that can actually manifest itself in the size, consistency, and frequency of our bowel movements."
Next up? Track your poo with your friends on Twitter and Facebook! No really. Don't.