For little kids, exploring the world around them involves a lot of putting things in their mouths. From pocket lint to pieces of Lego, little hands will pick up just about everything off the floor and plop it right into their chubby cheeks for safe keeping. As a parent, you hope to discover these little treasures before anything gets swallowed, but just in case you don’t get there in time, researchers have determined just how long it’ll take to pass a piece of Lego.
Yep, you read that right. In a recently published paper from the online version of the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, a team of six health professionals from the medical site, “Don’t Forget the Bubbles,” worked to solve the age-old question: How long does it take to poop out Lego?
To figure this out, each one of them ingested a piece of Lego—specifically, the somewhat candy-shaped head of those super popular mini-figures—and then, well, they monitored their poop to record when it came out.
According to their findings, the average FART score (that is, the Found and Retrieved Time) was about 1.71 days. To be fair, the study sampled only six adults, so take this average with a grain of salt. Also, while this is technically a published study, just know that it was very much made as a lighthearted not-so-serious research project meant to put a smile on peoples faces.
This article was originally published online in November 2018.