I was recently interviewed for this fun piece as part of a Digg.com series named "What Would Happen If.'
This is What Would Happen If, a close examination of mundane hypothetical situations. Each week, we look at something that you could do but probably never would, and take it to its logical endpoint. This week: What would happen if just didn't wipe your butt?
It's not a comforting feeling, but we've all been there, staring down some threatening 1-ply or a half-naked toilet paper roll with no replacement in sight. What if, just this once, we didn't wipe? Depending on your fiber intake or the current state of your gut, the prospect has varying levels of consequence.
But what if you neglected wiping altogether? What might start to happen down there? To answer this supremely unappealing question, we consulted Dr. Austin Chiang, a clinical and research fellow at the gastroenterology division of Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital.