Colon Quiz

How well do you know your colon? Take this quiz and find out!

Question 1 : The colon is approximately five feet long. Your colon, otherwise referred to as your large intestine, stretches from your small intestine to your anus. Which is longer, your colon or your small intestine?

Colon
Small Intestine

Your small intestine is about 22 feet long, according to the Cleveland Clinic. That's more than four times longer than your colon!

Question 2 : The colon processes food to remove water, salt and some nutrients as it change into solid waste (i.e., poop). The colon’s walls are linked with strong muscles that squeeze its contents along until reaching the rectum. How long does it take for that pizza you just ate to make its way through your colon?

12-48 Minutes
12-48 Hours
12-48 Days

It takes 12-48 hours for food to make it through your colon. That's pretty fast!

Question 3: If you added up all the food your colon processes over a lifetime, how much would it weigh?

Your colon, over the entire lifetime of a person, actually ends up processing around 50 tons of food consumed by an individual. It may be more or less depending on how much a person eats.

150 Tons
6 Tons
50 Tons

Your colon, over the entire lifetime of a person, actually ends up processing around 50 tons of food consumed by an individual. It may be more or less depending on how much a person eats.

Question 4: How many colons – lined up from end to end – would it take to reach the moon and back?

All the colons in China (1.4 Billion)
All the Colons in US (320 Million)
All the Colons in Washington D.C. (658,000)

All the colons in the United States are the closest answer. The actual answer is 285 million colons, assuming 5 feet for your average colon.

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