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Toilet humor, or scatological humor, is a type of off-color humor dealing with defecation, urination, and flatulence, and to a lesser extent vomiting and other body functions. It sees substantial crossover with sexual humor, such as penis jokes.
Toilet humor is popular among a wide range of ages, but is especially popular with children and teenagers, for whom cultural taboos related to acknowledgement of waste excretion still have a degree of novelty. The humor comes from the rejection of such taboos, and is a part of modern culture. Examples can also be found in earlier literature, including The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer.
Toilet humor is also found in song and rhyme, particularly schoolboy songs. Examples of this are found in Mozart and scatology, and variants of the German folk schoolboys' song known as the "Scheiße"-Lied(English: Shit-Song) which is indexed in the German Volksliederarchiv.
- Poop Culture: How America is Shaped by its Grossest National Product by Dave Praeger ISBN 1-932595-21-X]
- Helmut Fischer Kinderreime im Ruhrgebiet: Reime, Lieder, Spiellieder 1991 Page 121 "Scheiße auf der Kirchturmspitze Fällt demll Pastor auf die Mütze. 2. Scheiße in der Lampenschale Gibt gedämpftes Licht im Saale. 951 . Scheiße auf dem Autodach Liegt bei Hundertachtzig flach. 952
- Profil 1994 - Volume 25 - Page 58 "Immer, wenn es besonders ausgelasse zuging, stimmten meine Mitschüler in einem katholischen Internat das „Scheiße"-Lied an: „Scheiße auf dem Autodach, eladiladijo, liegt bei 180 flach. Und wie das Amen im Gebet kam dann auch jene ..."
- - Volksliederarchiv - Deutsches Volksliederarchiv
- Henderson, Jeffrey The Maculate Muse: Obscene Language in Attic Comedy 1991 Oxford University Press ISBN 0-19-506685-5
- Slater, W. J. review of The Maculate Muse: Obscene Language in Attic Comedy by Jeffrey Henderson. Phoenix, Vol. 30, No. 3 (Autumn, 1976), pp. 291–293 doi:10.2307/1087300
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