Thoughts from the Pot: Fiberman & the Battle for the Throne

“Thoughts from the Pot” are the random musings of a husband. The thoughts and opinions presented below are not necessarily those of the host of this blog. Thank you for your understanding. Content Warning: The following story contains potty language and disturbing euphemisms. Reader discretion is advised. Read it; it’s funny.

In the true form of “Thoughts From the Pot,” I will now relay a poo story. If that makes you feel a bit squeamish, just know that I will treat this topic with Victorian sensitivity and utmost respect for the delicate, flower-like readers of this blog.

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I wish this story was about me. However, I don’t possess the minerals to take things into my own hands (well-placed pun) the way that the man in this story did.

To make any character relatable, that character needs a name; we will call our protagonist (or antagonist, depending on how funny you think poop is) “Fiberman.”

A strong and handsome man, with a lantern jaw and country sensibilities; Fiberman owns large knives, wears plaid, but looks good in a suit. He is the owner of many leather-bound books, and his apartment smells of rich mahogany.

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It was time to meet the parents. Fiberman’s beautiful young girlfriend had decided that he was worthy to take home for her brothers to check his teeth and make sure he didn’t play Dungeons and Dragons.

Fiberman and Beautiful Young Girlfriend (my names are awesome! So descriptive!)  took a long flight. They ate delicious airport food, and Fiberman mentally prepared himself for his meeting with The Family.

They meet! They Eat! They Frolic in the Sun! Everything is going so well!

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Fiberman he is a patient man  and knows the limitations of his body. He is very aware of the storm brewing in his core. He has rumblies in his tumblies. The time of reckoning is drawing nigh. The unholy trinity of airport coffee, Burger King and the delightful seafood dinner Mom of Beautiful Young Girlfriend had prepared could only be ignored for a short while. The bells were ringing! The Piper Must Be Paid!

He waited until The Family was distracted by the fireflies and croquet in the soft green grass; then hastened to the loo. Fiberman made his peace with God and created a grunt sculpture, which would have aroused the jealousy of the Masters.

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He filled out the necessary paperwork (which is a delightful euphemism for wiping his bottom) and flushed the toilet. While washing his hands, he looked over to make sure all of the vestiges of his masterpiece had been erased; they were not. Seated in its porcelain throne, the mighty king refused to be deposed. “NONE SHALL PASS!”

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Fiberman’s hands began to sweat. They would surely have noticed his absence by now. Grunt sculptures take time. They were going to make JOKES! He thanked the Maker this house had more than one bathroom. Time slowed; Fiberman could hear his heart pounding in his ears. He flushed the toilet. He flushed again. He flushed a fourth time. Not a wiggle; panic set in.

His options were clear, his path split in twain; he could either leave the hulking meat biscuit for someone else, or he could reach in and destroy it, so that it would descend to its watery grave.


He walked to the sink with his hands out, like a surgeon. As he washed, he looked at himself in the mirror. His eyes searching in vain for the man who used to be there. The old Fiberman was gone. There was now a new man, one willing to do what needed to be done. He knew that he was capable of so much more  than he could ever have imagined. He was no longer a boy, he was a man.

The color drained from Fiberman’s face as he related this last part of the story to me; beads of sweat formed on his upper lip. A story that could cause this kind of emotional response had to be told. These are the generational stories; that grandkids tell about grandparents. These are what dreams are made of (just to be clear, dreams are made of stories, not poo — that would be gross) and how traditions are created.



  1. Jason says:

    See, I would call my wife in to look at it as if it’s some kind of achievement to do that.

    1. The Husband says:

      It is an achievement! Second only to Nascar and walking on the moon!

    2. Melissa says:

      Oh goodness!! I’m so thankful that Josh doesn’t do that! I would toss my cookies for sure!

  2. Moe says:

    This is hilarious… and gross… and hilarious! Love it! (I am a man after all).

    I too have a story similar to that, except I’m easily disgusted and it involved a “toilet overfloweth” and remains escaping ship. Let’s just leave it at that. :D

    Great post!!!!

    1. The Husband says:

      I’m glad you liked it. I know that I would not have been able to do what Fiberman did in those tense moments. He is a bad mama-jama!

    2. Melissa says:

      And gross! Boys are icky…and I guess poop is funny. :)

  3. Ben says:

    “Filed under (a husband)”

    Thanks for the awesome laugh, this is amazing!

    1. The Husband says:

      I know right?! Such a crazy story. When my buddy told me this story I just looked at him in shock for a while.

  4. Keri says:

    There is a scene very similar to this in Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom. Now I see why Melissa was hesistant to post this. But, still VERY funny.

    1. The Husband says:

      She was so embarrassed when I showed her what I had wrote. She is a trooper!

      1. Keri says:

        You’re gonna have to read Freedom, Josh! I’ll be posting about it soon…but, in the book one of characters accidentally swallows his wedding ring while traveling. He has to dig through his doo when he’s in a foreign country. It was downright disgusting, but also an amazing allegory to life.

    2. Melissa says:

      I don’t know what Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom is…and I’m not sure that I want to know now. :) Haha!

      1. Keri says:

        Like I just told Josh, I’ll be posted about the book soon. It was apparently touted as the “book of the decade”, so I “HAD” to read it. So hard to read things for my blog, so hard. :P

  5. LOVE this post. Hilarious and reminds me of a story from my family lore of the police coming to my aunt’s house because my uncle had a BM. Yes family lore is wonderful! ;)

    1. The Husband says:

      WHAT?! This story must be told! Oh please Oh please Oh please

      1. Unfortunately I was not there…My aunt was hosting Christmas at her house with most of the extended family in from out of town. From what I was told, my uncle (not my aunt’s husband, but her brother) was being silly while my aunt ran an errand. He hit a few buttons on the alarm key pad and then after his silliness subsided, needed a pit stop….Well, while he was doing his duty, the police show up. He some how had set off a silent alarm of some sort. My aunt came home in time to give the appropriate all clear word to the police officer, but we joke about needing the police to help said uncle with his BMs.

        1. Melissa says:

          That is hilarious!! :) Can you imagine being those responders?

    2. Melissa says:

      And you’re leaving us hanging?! That story needs to be told!!

  6. Helen says:

    That is quite a dilemma. My first inclination is to let it sit and hope the water somehow softens it, but that isn’t really an option at someone else’s home…

    1. The Husband says:

      I still have no idea what I would have done in his situation. I’m thinking I would have gone out and found the man of the house and told him what had happened. He would have been impressed.

    2. Melissa says:

      Haha! Helen! That’s totally something my four-year-old does. :)

  7. Tony Alicea says:

    This is like Jane Austen’s version of the bathroom scene in Dumb and Dumber.

    1. The Husband says:

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHA Tis true! Verily and stuff.

    2. Melissa says:

      Favorite comment ever!!!! I may have to see if I can get a personalize cup ordered for you from Brookish. :)

  8. Haley says:

    Wait! I think I know that guy… Haha! :-D

    1. The Husband says:

      Uh-oh! Had you heard this story before? Such a great story!

    2. Melissa says:

      Yup… :) Hahah!

  9. Nikole Hahn says:

    I hate when that happens. :o)

  10. The Husband says:

    Yeah, but it a makes a good story

  11. Nathan says:

    LOL, ok, I’m new to Melissa’s blog here, but this is hilarious. I see there are other ‘thoughts from the pot’ – I’ll have to check them out. For a second there I thought she was writing this, haha. How unfortunate that Beautiful Young Girlfriend’s parents didn’t possess a mighty plunger to deal with the mighty king, lol.

    1. Melissa says:

      I know, right?! Some guys don’t like asking help and need to take things into their own hands… badum-ching {groan}

  12. The Ma says:

    Ahem….the juxtaposition of the husband’s poo story within the wife’s lovely website is found to be somewhat disconcerting. Remember the adage …if you have to resort to poo jokes and worse stuff (no matter the flowery euphemisms)– you’ll be a big hit on primetime TV! Sad…money isn’t everything you know. NOW GO TO YOUR ROOM!! LOL, Not dead yet!

    1. Melissa says:

      Haha! Thanks for worrying about me. :) However, I knew when I married your son that I was committing to love him; poo stories and all. I’ll make sure he takes a time out though, to make his mama happy.

  13. kelybreez says:

    I seriously felt a lack, all week.
    I couldn’t remember what I had forgotten.
    Tonight, while perusing tweets, I saw Melissa’s face, and it hit me.
    I had forgotten to remember Thoughts from the Pot.
    As always, completely sorry I read all this.
    Which is to say, brilliant work.
    I would have made up some story about the bathroom doorknob refusing to unlock for a while, hence the sweat caked on your body, since you had to pull the door off the hinges with your bare fingers.
    Or, with the number of people who are allergic to seafood, a bright shining lie about passing out in the bathroom floor would have worked.
    Or simply – depending on your level of confidence – a brash, honest proclamation: “I produced such a prodigously magnificent masterpiece that it wouldn’t even flush!”

    1. Melissa says:

      “As always, completely sorry I read all this.”

      Haha!! I think that’s the general consensus. :) Your additions are disgusting…and perfect. I have a feeling I will be hearing the words “prodigiously magnificent masterpiece” from my husband’s lips.

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