The Eulogy of Jedediah Bittle, Part 4
Jed’s mouth always watered a little
When he’d start playing his fiddle,
But that day the fool
Secreted so much drool
That he drowned in a pool of his spittle.
Normal saliva production in the human mouth is about two bathtub’s worth annually. However, drooling is typically caused by saliva overproduction and the difficulty, for various reasons, of keeping said spit inside the mouth. Causes range from the inconsequential to the serious, from infections and allergies to Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism and stroke.