Scientists Studying Penguins Get High Off Penguin Poop

It is there doody...to science

May 20, 2020
Penguins

Coldimages / Getty

Categories: 

I can see it 5 years from now in the news...

"Teenagers are getting high and over dosing on penguin poop..."

Right now though, it's just the researchers and scientists.

Some researchers who were studying penguins "accidentally" got high off of penguin poop while doing all their sciency stuff.

The University of Copenhagen recently released information that fresh King Penguin poop actually caused an over-production of carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide. Big deal right? Well, those are the same ingredients in laughing gas typically used for pain relief and sedation.

Professor Bo Elberling stated that after just a few hours after working in an area with penguin poop on a small island in the southern Atlantic Ocean, the scientists on site with go "completely cuckoo" because of all of the chemicals produced by the penguin doody....he didn't use the term "doody," that was all me.

"After nosing about in guano for several hours, one goes completely cuckoo," he said. "One begins to feel ill and get a headache. The small nitrous oxide cylinders that you see lying in and floating around Copenhagen are no match for this heavy dose, which results from a combination of nitrous oxide with hydrogen sulfide and other gases."

The researchers were hoping to get a better idea of how the penguins colonies affect the surrounding the environment. Instead, they mostly got hight.

For more on this story click HERE.