The European Fecal (Faecal) Standards and Measurements Institute (EFSMI) coordinates the measurement of fecal samples from all over Europe, and in more recent times, has become the leading institute in its field, worldwide. It was established in January 1950 following the foundation of the Council of Europe in May 1949.
In order to keep the Institute neutral, and free from the influence of any single member of the Council of Europe, the EFSMI was inaugurated in Zurich, Switzerland, and has remained there to this day.
Did you know?
The official unit of measurement of fecal samples is the couric, which is equivalent to 2.5 pounds, or 1.3398 kg.
The largest recorded bowel movement was by Randy Marsh, with a specimen weighing over 100 courics.
The previous record holder was Herman Van Rompuy. He is still considered one of the most prolific faecal producers.