Catching up on the recent news on loos & no. 2s…

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‘Neanderthal to Now’ Squatting or Sitting on the Throne [from ‘All about Poo’]

Straighten the kink. With the UK Bank Holiday just past, on Friday we were discussing our patents pending for an attractive manufactured accessory to help lift your legs and mimic a squat when you sat on the toilet, straightening our colons. In fact that’s were our banner idea came from (above) ‘Neanderthal to Now.’ Interestingly the subject of how best to poop popped up again yesterday in a UNILAD article, ‘Only 11% Of People Poop The ‘Healthy’ Way, QS Supplies Study Finds‘ by Lucy Connolly. As per our own research and further medical evidence, ‘So then why is the footstool the way to go? Well, while sitting with your feet on the ground might relax the puborectalis muscle slightly, it still takes quite a bit of effort to push the waste through because the position of the rectum is still kinked up. However, if you introduce a footstool and sit with your knees up above the hips, leaning forward slightly, this kink is removed and the faeces is able to empty out quickly and thoroughly.’

Having taken up Friday’s post on that kinky business, we neglected to do our usual round up of the week’s news on loos and no. 2s so here it is:

Worth taking time out to watch… ‘Two Ply Over The Cuckoo’s Nest‘ is the grand prize winner of KQED’s Homemade Film Festival. A stop motion ode to quarantine made entirely out of toilet paper.

With a daily routine of exercising outside being a major help in times of lockdown, news keeps breaking on how people are managing, or not, with the public toilets being closed. So, from HuffPost‘s Doug O’Neill, ‘How To Pee And Poop Outdoors If Provincial Park Washrooms Are Closed.’

Waiter, there’s a poop in my soup. As practically every living creature poops, we also like to keep updated on their poop news too, so here’s a round up on ‘All Animals Poo and We Do Too’ with some news that may surprise or entertain you, take your pick. Firstly, ‘Shinohara has high hopes for a range of additional insect-based products, including beer made from crickets and a tea made from silkworm excrement.’ On Business Day, ‘Creepy-crawly soup, with silkworm-poo tea.’

Then in no particular order; In Science News, ‘Tapirs may be key to reviving the Amazon. All they need to do is poop‘ by Gloria Dickie. On ABC.net Australia, ‘Fish poo and gut goo are helping scientists eradicate a major pest on the Great Barrier Reef‘ Podcast [7mins] by Patricia Karvelas on RN Drive with Neil Byrne, preceded by some Kangaroo news. ‘This Is Why Magpie Poop Is Black And White‘ Gisela Kaplan for Gismodo. From BBC Earth [on Facebook] see, ‘First Year on Earth: Hyenas have white poo‘ [1min 24]. Death by Poop, ‘Ice Age giant sloths died in a pit of their own poop‘ by Mindy Weisberger for LiveScience. Finally, as it’s been all over the news this past two weeks, we’ve picked EcoWatch, ‘Antarctic Penguin Poop Emits Laughing Gas‘ by Jordan Davidson.

Adventures in the World of Human Waste. On that happy note regarding penguins, we’ll be back on Friday, and the following week we hope to have a catch up on ‘The Big Necessity‘ by Rose George, who in 2008 published the first popular study on the subject of the world of human waste. Apart from highlighting a few remarkable facts and observations from Rose, now, 12 years later what’s changed in solving the single biggest unsolved public health problem on the planet?

Does my Toilet make sense? BBC CrowdScience Podcast

Is it time to reinvent the flush toilet? Take 39 minutes while you’re home to get to know about your toilet. A brilliant podcast from the BBC’s WorldScience on that very topic. First released on May 15th 2020 and featuring Rose George author of the ‘The Big Necessity‘ published in 2009 (available on Amazon) Description: ‘Produced behind closed doors, disposed of discreetly, hidden by euphemism, sh*t is rarely out in the open in ‘civilised’ society, but the world of waste – and the people who deal with it, work with it and in it – is a rich one. This book takes us underground to the sewers of NYC and London and overground, to meet the heroes of India’s sanitation movement, American sewage schoolteachers, the Japanese genius at the cutting edge of toilet technology, and the biosolids lobbying team. With a journalist’s nose for story, and a campaigner’s desire for change, Rose George also addresses the politics of this under-reported social and environmental effluent, and the consequences of our reluctance to talk about it. Witty and original, The Big Necessity proves that sh*t doesn’t have to be a dirty word.

Patents Pending, Children’s Books & latest news on no. 2s & loos from ‘The Daily Poo!’

Urimat | Odourless eco-friendly urinals that don’t use water!

Why the photo above? Well, it may be a subject that not many are aware of but mens urinals really don’t need to be as awful as they tend to be (read more in article 6. below). Then there’s a beauty treatment for women and some great bathroom ideas too…

Meanwhile, while we’ve been working with Albright IP to date, we’ve also now engaged the Wayfair Group to work with our patents pending and licensing of our aesthetic bathroom designs to improve posture, health and wellbeing. In addition, the third book in our series for children, about loos, poo and toilet talk are humorous educational books – now about to go back out to publishers via our agency Jon Fowler Media.

In other news… our weekly line up of articles, news and views on all that’s happening in the smallest room and around the globe. People often discuss or illustrate the Bristol Stool Chart, i.e. what the colour and shape of your no. 2s represents, but seldom do the charts advise what the various types mean… so here’s wikimedia’s more helpful version to explain!

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  1. BigGreenSmile.com suggest s few ways to cut down on plastics and reduce waste in your bathroom
  2. We were so impressed… we bought one! The FlushBrush offers a brilliant alternative to the toilet brush, you know the one that’s moved on slightly since the Romans ‘grabbed the shitty end of the stick!’ Mothers Day? Fathers Day? Any day? Yep, see the video and be sure to get one for when the shit hits the pan.
  3. We often talk about the Bidet and wash vs wipe as we get to the bottom of everything to do with bottoms and toilets. Here’s an insightful article in HowStuffWorks by Jesslyn Shields, ‘Getting to the Bottom of the Bidet.’
  4. A thought from ‘The Daily Poo!‘ No need to stock up on toilet paper if you’re fearing the approach of coronavirus, get a bidet attachment instead! Take this one for example… TUSHY
  5. Here at ‘The Daily Poo!‘ we’ve often considered the possible solutions for those left over toilet roll cores, and some while ago discovered the Lotus’ Biodegradable Flush&Go tubes‘ (see image below.) This seemingly brilliant idea doesn’t appear to have gone as mainstream as we’d thought, Kimberly-Clark created & patented core-less rolls, but the question and challenge still remains – how to cut down on the cores and get the public’s behind, behind this idea? Emily Flitter writes for The New York Times ‘My Tireless Quest for a Tubeless Wipe’ and it’s worth a read.
  6. For the male contingent… Urinals: Ever been in one of the ‘Portaloos’ [Portable Toilets] at concerts, speech days or any events for that matter – and thought, ‘this is so smelly and awful why can’t they figure’ – then actually there is an answer, but it’s not been widely adopted in spite of being ecological, water saving and odourless!! Start campaigning + Here is the answer Urimat or Uridan are brilliant examples. Here’s the 5 reasons for the stink, ‘pinch your nose and read on’; urine leftovers on the floor or wall, dry floor drains, floor joints and corner odours, insufficient room ventilation & maintenance failure.
  7. For the female contingent… Bird poop is not just a symbol of good luck, is it also a beauty elixir… Here’s why! + Some other unusual sounding Asian beauty treatments, by Naressa Khan for Style.
  8. For everyone [maybe] Zeltini studio’s wooden ‘temple of poop‘ is a compost concept and taking ‘a poo with a view’, DesignBoom explains its design and function.

To finish up, a heads up (or bottoms down) on World Water Day#WorldWaterDay is a month away so we’ll focus more on water around that time, and its importance in sanitation. Also, how ‘waterless’ sanitation has similar benefits by saving water which can then be used elsewhere. Next week, the usual round up on what’s happening in the world of poop & no. 2s, in ‘The Daily Poo!‘ We also have a facebook and instagram site appearing shortly too.

Lotus | Biodegradeable Aqua Tube TM & copyright Lotus