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From a series of woodcuts (1545) usually referred to as the Papstspotbilder or Papstspottbilder in German or Depictions of the Papacy in English,[1] by Lucas Cranach, commissioned by Martin Luther.[2] Title: Kissing the Pope's Feet.[3] German peasants respond to a papal bull of Pope Paul III. Caption reads: "Don't frighten us Pope, with your ban, and don't be such a furious man. Otherwise we shall turn around and show you our rears."[4][5]

Toilet humour, or potty or scatological humour (compare scatology), is a type of off-colour humour dealing with defecation, urination and flatulence, and to a lesser extent vomiting and other bodily functions. It sees substantial crossover with sexual humour, such as dick jokes.

Toilet humour is popular among a wide range of ages, but is especially popular with children and young teenagers, for whom cultural taboos related to acknowledgement of waste excretion still have a degree of novelty. The humour comes from the rejection of such taboos, and is a part of modern culture.[6] Examples can also be found in earlier literature, including The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer.


Toilet humour is sometimes 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")[7][8] which is indexed in the German Volksliederarchiv.[9] The children's Spanish musical duo, Enrique y Ana, made a song called "Caca Culo Pedo Pis" which literally translates to "Poop Ass Fart Pee".[10]

American musician Matt Farley is known for writing and performing a multitude of songs related to urine, feces, vomit, and various other bodily fluids under the pseudonym The Toilet Bowl Cleaners, including one of his most popular songs entitled "Poop In My Fingernails". Farley has another pseudonym, The Odd Man Who Sings About Poop, Puke, and Pee.


One of the most popular books about defecation and accidents in toilets is a guide that began as Shitting Pretty and then was relaunched as How to Shit around the World.[11]

The children's book series, Captain Underpants, copiously uses toilet humor. "Doctor Diaper", "The Bionic Booger Boy", and "Professor Pippy Pee-Pee Poopypants" are among the villains in the series.


The American titular comedy duo Tim & Eric have made numerous comedy sketches based around toilet humour. For example, they have made fake commercials for non-existent products such as the "Poop Tube" (a device that lets people release liquefied faecal matter into a urinal while standing up), the "fla'Hat" (a hat that is connected to the wearer's anus which expands when storing flatulence), and "D-Pants" (an be invented by "Diarrhea Jones" that captures "uncontrollable diarrhoea").[12][13][14]

English actor Adrian Edmondson, who appeared in many shows utilising toilet humour, is quoted as saying, "Toilet humour is like jazz: everybody has an idea what it is, and most people don’t like it. But the people who do like it are fervent about it and like it until they die.”

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  1. ^ Oberman, Heiko Augustinus (1 January 1994). "The Impact of the Reformation: Essays". Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Luther's Last Battles: Politics And Polemics 1531-46 By Mark U. Edwards, Jr. Fortress Press, 2004. ISBN 978-0-8006-3735-4
  3. ^ In Latin, the title reads "Hic oscula pedibus papae figuntur"
  4. ^ "Nicht Bapst: nicht schreck uns mit deim ban, Und sey nicht so zorniger man. Wir thun sonst ein gegen wehre, Und zeigen dirs Bel vedere"
  5. ^ Mark U. Edwards, Jr., Luther's Last Battles: Politics And Polemics 1531-46 (2004), p. 199
  6. ^ Poop Culture: How America is Shaped by its Grossest National Product by Dave Praeger ISBN 1-932595-21-X]
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ 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 ..."
  9. ^ Volksliederarchiv: Scheiße
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  11. ^ Wilson-Howarth, Jane (2006). How to Shit Around the World: the art of staying clean and healthy while traveling. Travelers Tales, Calif. p. 165. ASIN B0050IGW9U. ISBN 978-1-932361-32-2.
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