I cleaned up the kitty litter just some minutes ago.
When I threw the products of our 7kg cat into the toilet bowl, the broth splashed and one drop went straight into my eye.
Here come the numbers:
- Falling height was ~ 30 cm
- My face was ~ 90 cm above the water surface
- I was not exactly perpendicular above the "entry point", perhaps 20 to 40 cm off center.
- cat poo was ~ 3 cm thick and between 3 and 8 cm long, rounded.
- poo surface was rather smooth. He wasn't outside to chew on grass, because it's too hot. He ate dry food in the morning and raw chicken with bones in the evening.
I didn't try to put the poo onto the kitchen scale for gaining more data in front of my girlfriend fearing to risk the eyesight on the other eyeball.
So for now: Is there or are there some indisputable distances lower than geostationary orbit where I'm safe from toilet broth when disposing off cat poo?
@userLTK gave some good constraints for narrowing the problem. While pondering I came up with some subproblems which pave the way to an exhaustive answer.
To narrow the percentage of kinetic energy which can be "reused" for the splash acceleration, it may be interesting, what an optimal poo form may be. Perfect sphere, sausage like thing or something completely irregular with perhaps considerable rought surface?
This may be rather difficult to answer. So I thought about the other end of the problem: How high can a droplet rise on its own? AFAIK the maximum size of a droplet is determined by the friction in air and the resulting deformation. A raindrop falling with up to 10 m/s cannot exceed 9 mm in diameter without beeing disrupted by air pressure differences. Is the maximum air speed known for different drop diameters? If so, the initial speed of a single droplet splash is limited. Then we can calculate the maximum elevation with or without air drag.
This reduction of the problem lacks consistency if initially splash consists of bigger "conglomerates" of water. Those amorphous water masses may reach higher speeds until they break up. I suppose, this maximum speed subproblem is probably the strongest constraint to the height of the splash.