In case you didn't get the memo, everyone poops. And many of us like to read something for the few minutes it takes until the deed is done. Poop Fiction is a website that can provide practically endless short stories on demand, supplied by Project Gutenberg, for our reading pleasure.
How long does it take you to... read?
The http://readpoopfiction.com/ website has an extremely simple design. We only have to select the length of the short story we wish to read.
The "tiny" short stories are typically less than 300-400 words long, and take 1-2 minutes to read - for a native or proficient English speaker, we guess. An example is Aesop's fable The Wind and the Sun.
The "short" short stories can run up to 500-600 words, and require 2-3 minutes of reading.
One such story is The Dark Day, from James Baldwin's Fifty Famous People short story collection.
The "medium" short stories can have a length of about 700-800 words, and can be read in 3-4 minutes.
We will find stories like Van Wempel's Goose, from Myths and Legends of Our Own Lands by Charles M. Skinner.
Finally, the "long" short stories are more than 800 words long, and will typically last more than 4 minutes.
One example is How to Learn to Ride by Leo Tolstoy.
The selection of the next story we will get is completely random. At the time being, Poop fiction doesn't filter the short stories in any way other than their length. There is no word on whether they will add any other option in the future, such as the option to filter by the writer, genre, or specific keywords.
At least, Poop fiction won't serve us the same story twice on the same browser and device. Using cookies, it tracks which stories it has already served us.
We can see the complete history of what we read (or skipped) on http://readpoopfiction.com/history.php and, of course, re-read any story we liked.
There is also an "All stories" button, which supposedly can show all the tiny, short, medium, or long stories available.
The stories are arranged alphabetically by title. However, we will find all stores starting with "The" at T.
Also, there are a few repetitions, such as "The Ass and the Grasshopper", with the "Ass" meaning "Donkey", of course. The "Ants and the Grasshopper" is an entirely different story, though.
Where do the short stories come from
All of the short stories Poop fiction provides come from Project Gutenberg, one of the largest collection of free ebooks on the Internet, with more than 49,000 titles.
The books and stories contained within Project Gutenberg belong to the public domain, so it's legal to distribute them free by any means, including Poop fiction.
This, of course, means that we won't get freshly published stories, that are protected by copyright laws. In any case, there are a plethora of free short stories to read.
Did you enjoy the short stories in Poop Fiction
Poop fiction markets itself to people who take their smartphone, tablet, or laptop (we don't judge) in the toilet. But it can also be useful in any situation we have some time to kill, from waiting for the bus to surviving a disastrous date. And it's better reading classical short stories than playing Game of Clash of Candy Clans War, or whatever.
Did you enjoy Poop fiction? Did you have a favorite among the short stories you read? Leave us a comment.