In the Catalan region, some of the shops carry good luck charms known as Caganer Figurines. The figurines depict a person pooping - sometimes it's a peasant, sometimes a world figure such as the Pope, the President of France, the Queen of England, Barack Obama, Albert Einstein, the late Michael Jackson, or a famous futbol (soccer to Americans) player.
This act of relief is believed to promote a good
harvest for the following year.
Not sure what made me think of this today.
Maybe it was the Boston baked beans and sausage we had yesterday.