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Monday, November 5, 2007

Good Shit or Bullshit

posted by on November 5 at 17:13 PM

A memo leaked from the Collier County Sheriff’s Department has parents and press in Florida going apeshit. Cops say there’s a new drug on the scene:

Jenkem is a homemade substance which consists of fecal matter and urine. The fecal matter and urine are placed in a bottle or jar and covered most commonly with a balloon. The container is then placed in a sunny area for several hours or days until fermented. The contents of the container will separate and release a gas, which is captured in the balloon. Inhaling the gas is said to have a euphoric high similar to ingesting cocaine but with strong hallucinations of times past.

Slang terms: Winnie, Shit, Runners, Fruit from Crack Pipe, Leroy Jenkems, Might, Butthash, and Waste.

In August Stranger intern Jeff Kirby had the, um, scoop on its popularity in Africa. But law enforcement warns, “Jenkem is now a popular drug in American Schools.”

Okay, this shit is bullshit. Right? Rancid excreta get you high? If that were true, we would have discovered it before beer. Or maybe not. The BBC reports a high similar to an intense mushroom trip.

“… with Jenkem, I see visions. I see my mother who is dead and I forget about the problems in my life.”

Some psychedelic mushrooms contain a substance called indole, which is also found in… fecal matter.

So, okay, maybe breathing deep in the Honey Bucket – which I’ve never been wiling to try – has its rewards. I won’t do it. And I seriously doubt Americans, who have access to fine whisky and great pot, are willing to choose jenkem for a popular rush, either. For “butthash” to be “popular in schools,” as law enforcement declares, students would have to carry around jars of shit and piss in their backpacks, inconspicuously slip those jars into the sun, and take lungfulls with their friends… I don’t believe that’s happening—and neither do kids in Florida.

Snopes says the status is undetermined. So, in the interest of science, we at Slog are open to the possibility that poo huffing is all the rage in the U.S. If you know a student who might verify jenkem’s popularity, if you have ever used jenkem – or even know someone who has – put your testimony in comments.

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Jesus Christ! I'll stick to Maker's Mark, thank you very much.

Posted by Michigan Matt | November 5, 2007 5:22 PM

If that is true there is something seriously wrong with America's children. But shit huffing? That shit is ridiculous.

Posted by blaire | November 5, 2007 5:24 PM

I have yet to meet a bag of mushrooms that sent me into solid hallucinations. It's actually always the same, regardless of the fungus. Body feels fuzzy, noises are crisp, everything makes sense all-of-the-sudden, and lights are indescribably fascinating...but I'm still there. After eating an entire 8th.

Now acid...yeah. I don't do that anymore.

Jenkem sounds like bullshit, but even if it weren't, I'd never try it. Especially seeing how glue appears to be a usual practice for those who have...

Posted by Mr. Poe | November 5, 2007 5:25 PM

Hmmm... A little Hawiian bud, or huffing fermented shit gas? What to do? What to do?

Posted by SDA in SEA | November 5, 2007 5:27 PM

There's really nowere to go after sherm.

Posted by Paulus | November 5, 2007 5:32 PM

You guys are so gullible.

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 5, 2007 5:37 PM

No wonder GG Allin was so messed up.

Posted by Packratt | November 5, 2007 5:41 PM


Posted by Amelia | November 5, 2007 5:42 PM

That shit is bananas, b-a-n-a-n-a-s

Posted by Gwen Stefani | November 5, 2007 5:47 PM

Um, if even the mighty Snopes can't determine whether the substance is really around or not, it's pretty much by definition not "all the rage". Things that are all the rage are pretty easy to find.

Posted by Fnarf | November 5, 2007 5:47 PM

If you are really interested in tripping balls, google 'salvia divinorum' while its still legal...

Posted by Some Jerk | November 5, 2007 5:48 PM

I've heard that the local kids call it "Reading Mudede".

Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me | November 5, 2007 5:49 PM

I'm going to go ahead and continue to splurge on the mushrooms and skip the shit, thanks.

mmmmmm, mushrooms...

Posted by monkey | November 5, 2007 6:00 PM

Some Jerk - Bingo.

And, can anyone answer if huffing someone else's jenkem correlates to whiffing someone else's emptied tube?

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | November 5, 2007 6:00 PM

I swear that I first heard of this jenkem almost a year ago and that it was absolutely known to be fictional and simply a joke. The whole idea was to get stupid people to sniff a jar of their baked shit.

Not that I have a problem with the police dedicating their time to cracking down on fake drugs.

In fact, let me tell you of this new drug called "bangick". Basically what you do is grind down tree bark and mix it with rotten carrots and vingear. It creats a chemical reaction that is a lot like lsd. Bottoms up!

Posted by Paradol Rex | November 5, 2007 6:29 PM

Some of the immigrant kids at school do this stuff. Don't know where they're from though!

Posted by Sidewinder | November 5, 2007 6:29 PM

Awesome.. Now I can feel upscale when I scrape my bong resin.

Posted by Clint | November 5, 2007 6:38 PM

Leroy Jenkems? That just wins on so many levels.

Posted by kid icarus | November 5, 2007 7:09 PM

it's in urban dictionary:

Fermented mixture of ripened sewage used primarily in Africa and third-world Near Asian countries as a glue-high substitute.

Posted by max solomon | November 5, 2007 8:03 PM

Now THERE'S an authoritative source.

Posted by Fnarf | November 5, 2007 8:12 PM


Posted by max solomon | November 5, 2007 8:14 PM

Took 21 comments to point out this is a fucking repeat story.

Posted by | November 5, 2007 8:22 PM

Frankly, I think it has the potential
to make somebody rather ill, however long, long ago when Fnarf, A. Birch Steen and myself were very young lads, the popular rumor was that drinking a coke with aspirin would get one drunk. About all it did was fix a headache and make one stay up past their appointed bedtime.

We have gone from coke and aspirin to
fermented body waste. Certainly a magical moment and benchmark in American culture.

Zappa once said that stupidity is one of the most important and least understood aspect of American life,
and that you have to come to terms
with stupidity and make it work for you.

He was right. Bon Appetit, everyone!

--- Jensen

Posted by Jensen Interceptor | November 5, 2007 8:25 PM

That certainly explains why I have flashbacks to the '60s every time someone farts in an elevator.

Posted by RainMan | November 5, 2007 8:25 PM

Dom cited the previous slog post about this. There have been developments, as they say.

Posted by Dan Savage | November 5, 2007 8:31 PM

Why is it when you stick your finger in your belly button and press, you get a tingling sensation in the genitals?

Posted by wonderwall | November 5, 2007 8:38 PM

@26: I think I'd better steer clear of the Pillsbury Doughboy.

Posted by RainMan | November 5, 2007 8:44 PM

@27...I don't think he has genitals, like the guy in the game Operation.

Posted by wonderwall | November 5, 2007 8:48 PM

@28: Well, that's a good thing. If he did, he'd probably be pretty horny after all these years. (Sigh of relief from the Swiss Miss cocoa girl and/or the Brawny paper towel guy).

Oh and by the way, has anyone else noticed the irony of this discussion concerning the hallucinogenic effects of fermenting bodily fluids taking place so soon after this weekend's Slogfest about Metro busses? Maybe all those people talking to themselves aren't mentally ill at all, they're just strung out on Jenkem.

Posted by RainMan | November 5, 2007 9:09 PM
Posted by Clint | November 5, 2007 10:00 PM

I'm thinking if this were the only available drug I might have to choose sobriety....

Posted by Dianna | November 5, 2007 11:02 PM

I agree with Paulus and James Brown, nothin compares to the Sherman

Posted by Mainstream | November 5, 2007 11:03 PM

Maybe it's just the narcotic asphyxia that the kids like. I grew up south of Seattle, and remember hearing about huffing the methane at the Flaming Geyser State Park.

Posted by mmbb | November 6, 2007 1:09 AM

This article is a bunch of JENKEM!

That Sherrif's bulliten is based on a hoax.

Read here:

Please don't be so fucking stupid about mind altering substances. Come on people!

I thought The Stranger is supposed to be representative of the side of society that is informed and knows how to have a great time.

Such mindless banter just gives anti drug people plenty of fodder with which to show how stupid the largely pro high Stranger crowd can be.

'Indole' is every where in nature. Aside from magic mushrooms and poop it's in our brains, tar and is a component in the sweet scent of flowers. It is a basic organic compound - a structure that many other things are based upon.

Now if you think huffing human brains, coal tar, and flower perfume is gonna create a fun high cause of 'indole' you must be dumb enough to huff shit.

Posted by Stewart | November 6, 2007 2:18 AM

The real comedy is that a bunch of people are out there right now trying to inhale the vapors from warm rancid sewage. A few probably even got the idea here.

As long as no one has gotten deadly sick from something like e.coli - this msut to be one of the best pranks ever.

Even this supposedly hip newspaper fell for it.


Posted by No Scat For This Cat | November 6, 2007 4:13 AM

IF this were a method to concentrate some hallucinogenic substance, I would think that it would be a relatively easy thing to filter out the bad smell and package the results into cannisters. Why hasn't this happened? IF this were such a potent drug, I would think that many people would have seen such effects long before now in sewage treatment plants, medieval castles and skanky outhouses among other places. A lot of IF leading me to consider the attribution of hallucinogenic qualities to indole in fermented excreta to be spurious. It will take some dedicated MIT psychopharmacology grad student to truly assay the contents of a standardized sample of Jenkem. IF this method of getting high were actually effective, I would suspect that it would be due to oxygen deprivation, and poisoning by some other chemistry.

Posted by MSW | November 6, 2007 4:33 AM



Yes? Please say yes!

Posted by Johnny | November 6, 2007 5:52 AM

Johnny, you're a genius. INTERN, INTERN!

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | November 6, 2007 7:24 AM

I'm with those who say they will take their chances with old school halucinogens. I have this weird aversion to shit. I know, I'm a priss that way.

Posted by Mike in MO | November 6, 2007 8:41 AM

i don't know about those florida kids. i wouldn't put it past the kids in my hometown of deland (near daytona beach). somoene only needs to suggest it to them.

i love that one of the clever slang terms for it is "shit."

Posted by kim | November 6, 2007 9:01 AM

I'd rather drink muddy water.

Posted by Algernon | November 6, 2007 10:36 AM

A friend in law enforcement says that there are guys in his office who have been on searches where this stuff was found. They thought it might have been some sort of meth cold-cooking operation and called in the narcs to check it out. The narcs took one look (or smell?) and left.

Posted by Bison | November 6, 2007 11:15 AM

That combination of ingredients would produce methane gas. Inhaling enough methane would result in anoxia which can cause dizziness, light-headedness and such. If you inhaled enough for long enough it would be like putting your head in a gas oven. All in all, a good way to get rid of stupid teens.

Posted by inkweary | November 6, 2007 11:39 AM

Outlaw shit now! Think of the children!!!

Posted by Geni | November 6, 2007 1:44 PM

I agree with #37


Posted by yeow! | November 6, 2007 1:52 PM

According to the Washington Post, the DEA says "there are people in America trying [Jenkem]." So now you can get high on your own crap! The future just looks brighter and brighter for America!
Let's take it a step further and snort mung. If you don't know don't ask some body, squeeze its stomach.

Posted by Jenkem Is So Last Month | November 6, 2007 2:12 PM

You must all realize that you can't go right to Jenkem. The true Jenkem Master must graduate from a rigorous course of urine drinking, fart-sniffing, and dung-tonguing before becoming one with the spectral septic sniffer. You rookies know nothing, and make me sick to my stomach, in a good way...

Posted by some_dipshit | November 6, 2007 7:19 PM

Duh. This is a scam.

It's just to get people to smell a bunch of fermented sewage.

Most people will try anything free to get high.

Smell a bunch of raw hot shit and you will most likely barf more than anything else.

Some where out there, a small group of people are laughing very hard.

Funny that cops fell for it.

Sad that The Stranger did.

This publication obviously needs at least one staff member who is actually highly informed and educated about drug matters.

This is not the first time The Stranger has slipped up over this subject.

Drug disinformation with the name Holden attached to it has been read before.

I mean you have one thorough penis expert on hand, why not get someone who actually knows the ins and outs of safely getting high?

Posted by Highlarious | November 6, 2007 7:41 PM

Wait, Highlarious.. Holden wrote: "Okay, this shit is bullshit. Right?" and: "I don’t believe that’s happening..."

You call that falling for it? Maybe you gotta back off the bong, doood.

Posted by KL | November 7, 2007 12:46 AM

I first heard of this about 17 years ago at a gratefull dead concert. It's not as bad as it sounds. The smell stays in your nose for 2-3 days after. If you chew lots of mints (tic tacs) you cant really notice it. The more you do it the less it gets you off. Take at least 2 days off between highs. I used to do it every weekend for a few years. It is like eating strong mushrooms and smoking weed at same time. Seriously, it's not as bad as it sounds. 17 years later, I still do it and I am in perfect health. I never heard it called Jenkem before until now. We call it Turdtrip or asshash. Search for tips on supplements you cant take and tricks to make the high better. Take care.

Posted by Turdtrip | November 7, 2007 4:27 AM

seriously, everyone who has posted a "OMG FAKE HOAX SCAM" comment so far would like to seem like a know-it-all drug expert. jenkem is not fake.

kids do not repeatedly huff shitgas because it's a placebog. they do it repeatedly because it DOES work, and because it's cheap. i'm not suggesting you try it, but quit talking out of your asses.

Posted by captain obvious | November 7, 2007 11:49 AM

this is a true thing happening. i have been looking it up for basically nothing more than randow useless knowledge and i came across a wikipedia posting thats is as current as today; nov 8th. the kid in collier county was a hoax. it is in this posting, but the drug is very real and is starting to circulate in the states. it was started in namibia as a way for the poor children to "realease" themselves from i guess whatever reality they are living in over there. and why would anyone doubt that this would become popular here. its free and easy to manufacture. it not a drug they are going to be able to make illegal. u produce it urself. kids are running around in school choking each other to get high. u dont think they are gonna be stupid enough to sniff shit? please ppl, take things seriously. i didnt at first but i damn sure reasearched my ass off for it bec i have two young boys and i damn sure never want to see anything like this happen to them. anytime i hear of any drug i inform myself on it so i may inform them on the horrible effects and sometimes life threatening situations that can happen to my baby boys......

Posted by Gabrielle | November 8, 2007 7:56 AM

I think that's a joke.

There seems to be no real info about this on the internet anywhere - aside from the random flurry of news in the last week.

If it was big in other parts of the world, how come there is no info on it? Or historical references - the guy above seems right about that. Shit is not old.

Whippets and Freon are kinda new so kids discovering them recently makes sense. Someone would have gotten high on sewage at some point. Hell sewage workers (especially before good ventilation engineering was established) probably would have had incidences of being higher than kites before.

Or how about this girl at burning man one year who was in an outhouse as it was blown over in a dust storm? She got many lungfuls of some desert hot sewage. By all accounts, she was not high. In an environment like Burning Man, she would have set off a trend if she hadn't gotten high.

The gases from sewage are mostly methane. There seems to be no info on methane getting people high.

And yes we all know of kids cutting off air to the brain to get a buzz cause we have heard of people who did it first hand. Not with Jenkem.

And passing out for a minute may be disorienting - and dangerous - but it is not potently hallucinogenic and does not produce visions.

As far as Wikipedia being a reference point - please beware that it is not necessarily the most accurate source of news around. You should have seen some of the stuff that was put on it about my neighborhood by some poser kids who wanted to make it sound like they had a big gangster presence in the area.

So far no kids seem to be owing up to it which makes it more less likely to be true. Kids like to talk about getting high. Especially on the internet.

The only way it would seem believable is if some real investigative journalism with first hand witnesses was presented. The Stranger should fully dig deep here and make the intern or some other investigative journalist do it.

And I think Turdtrip is trying to perpetrate it cause s/he thinks it's way funny and knows some one will try it if the fake info keeps going.

Which is funny.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2007 6:35 PM

If any of you retards honestly think your kids are going to be sniffing shit (literally) - rofl at you!

Posted by lawlz! | November 8, 2007 6:36 PM

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