There’s an idea we’d like to float… ‘Toilet Paper Amnesty.’ 😉 Anyone who has packets of unopened TP that they’re simply not going to need, or now realise are excess to requirement, can you be creative in how to donate or give back? Just a thought… any great ideas please contact us and we’ll post the best ones. In the photo above, from Albertsons Market in the USA, some novel baking ideas that may make your Easter Buns ‘Hot and Cross’. Inspired? Check this link from BUST for a ‘Poop Emoji Cake‘ recipe, then photograph and share #cakemoji. As the subject of toilet paper is still refusing to go away, thought we could look at the funnier side to the situation – as there is toilet paper out there, really! That’s enough talk about buns, let’s move onto the week’s news and views on loos and no. 2s…
‘Pulp Friction’ is a great article from The Japan Times / Reuters. As we’d mentioned a while back, it’s not a shortage of toilet paper but supply chains that could create a knock-on effect i.e. ‘It’s the hoarding that created the tension in supply’. Read the article here. On which subject this headline from Fox 2 Detroit has to be one of the funniest of the week… ‘What’s behind the runs on toilet paper?‘
Big Brother is watching your Butt! As this recent article in Business Insider reveals… ‘The smart toilet’s flush lever is equipped a fingerprint reader, and cameras in the toilet bowl can identify people’s butts.’ The headline, ‘Stanford scientists designed a smart toilet that can ID you just with a picture of your butt to monitor the health of your poop and pee.’ Interestingly, or rather unsurprisingly, participants were somewhat uncomfortable with a camera that snaps their anus (so to speak.) Whilst as Dana G Smith wrote about a few weeks back, ‘The Butt is not a Back Door to Health and Wellness‘ even though what comes out of it may be. However the bidet certainly is good for your health and wellness, and so…
All of that brings us nicely back to why bidets are such a great idea, and are there purely to wash, not watch, your daily goings on. It’s a topic we covered in previous posts, but has come to the fore primarily because toilet paper shortages got people doing some latrinal, or rather, lateral thinking. No longer is it only about the ‘washing basin for your private parts‘ it’s now about easy-fit toilet attachments, ‘bum guns‘ that anyone can install in about 10 mins and be good to go! That’s been a real game-changer and made them ‘accessible to all‘. You can read what we posted on the subject two weeks back here, but to add to that and reinforce the positives and benefits, read on.
Planet Bidet. Some of the places where the bidet is most popular include; Asia, West Africa, the Middle East and Islam, and in Europe, as well as Southern Europe, examples are Italy and France. What about the USA and the UK? Well curiously the bidet, invented back in France centuries ago, has never really taken of in the USA, although with the outbreak of covid-19 and ‘so imagined’ toilet paper shortages, there’s been surge of interest, take TUSHY Bidets for example as US company whose sales have rocketed! We should add that a similarly Australians got to see a rise in adopting bidets too. Nevertheless, it’s written that the Americans were introduced to them during the war when stationed in Europe and saw these ‘basins’ in brothels and associated them with sex work, another was their representing a symbol of sin and hedonism, so that plus the sexuality factor made them considered taboo.
As for the British, a combination of reasons and prevail that stopped the growth of bidet sales and installations. Their original appearance tended to be in middle or upper class households (often without particularly knowing how to use them) and given the expense and amount of room the ‘basin’ bidet took up, it wasn’t really going to be a standard bathroom accessory for many at the time. As Michele Hanson once wrote for The Guardian, there was an effort made by the Council of British Sanitary Pottery Manufacturers in 1963 to reignite public interest but that failed. ‘We were restrained by British prudery, suggested the council’, ‘depriving the country of the most hygienic washing appliance of them all’. There was another uptick when they once again became the fashion in the 70s and 80s as Brits returning from holidays in Europe felt they could add a certain sophistication into their homes by placing the continental bidet they’d tried next in their bathrooms at home.
In a survey for BBC News Magazine back in 2014, they found that, ‘When staying somewhere with a bidet, 58 per cent of Brits ignored it, 30 per cent used it for the purpose for which it was intended, while 12 per cent found creative alternative uses. These included using the bidet to store wet umbrellas, using it as a foot-bath, a goldfish bowl, to develop photographs or as a swimming-pool for Barbie dolls‘. Nowadays, imagine the instagram opportunities alone! However, though the number of bidets sold in the UK has fluctuated over time, they have remained relatively low. It seems that prudery has prevailed. Let’s hope with the brilliant new attachable bidet accessories and all their recent publicity and praise, that this is going to change from here on – signs are that’s already happening.
Wishing you all a Happy Easter, and with so much #stayhome time, if you’re thinking about a bidet…. 😉 [We’ll be back next week.]