It turns out that the "poopocalypse" that befell Jesse Newton's home (when his Roomba sucked up puppy poop and diligently spread it on every available surface of his house) was not a one-time event in the vacuuming world—a spokesman for iRobot, the maker of the Roomba, told the Guardian, "Quite honestly, we see this a lot."

So, last week, something pretty tragic happened in our household. It's taken me until now to wrap my head around it and...

Posted by Jesse Newton on Tuesday, August 9, 2016

He continued, "We generally tell people to try not to schedule your vacuum if you know you have dogs that may create such a mess. With animals anything can happen."

A neuroscientist identified only as Becca told the Guardian that she'd experienced a similar poop storm five to 10 times in the past two years, whenever the little vacuum encounters a stray piece of poop from one of her four cats. And Jonathan Williams, a marine biologist, has had the same catastrophe three times in the past several months, coming home to find "tread-marks of caked-in poop all over the house" when his Roomba encountered poop his pug had thoughtfully left on the floor.