‘The Daily Poo!’ Kids books, patents pending & the latest news on poos & no. 2s.

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Happy #RandomActsOfKindnessDay | Welcome back and thanks for following our posts. It’s been a busy few weeks working on the third children’s book on our toilets and poo series for kids, as well as progressing with the patents we have to help people go to the loo more easily. As and when we are able to share more on this you will be the first to know! Meanwhile, let’s look back at the week’s best articles and stories on the world of poo and no. 2s… This week we go deeper on the question of wash or wipe, the environmental impact and the why’s and wherefores!

  1. Prevention’s Korin Miller explains the 17 Best Foods to Help You Poop When You’re Constipated, According to Experts. ‘Go with the Flow!’
  2. Columbia students: Consider alternative methods for bathroom hygiene. In other words we’re taking another look at the Wash vs Wipe question… from the Columbia Daily Spectator.
  3. Seems that experts agree with the washers more than wipers. Is the way we clean our bums about to turn back in favour of washing? Article by  Khoo Bee Khim of CNA Lifestyle.
  4. Toilet Paper vs the Bum Gun! Which one is Better? …asks The Thaiger.
  5. We’re Destroying Virgin Forests For Toilet Paper – What Are The Alternatives? Carolyn Fortuna for Clean Technica takes a look at the options.
  6. Apparently Reusable Toilet Paper Is A Thing And I Have Many, Many Questions. If the wash or wipe question is boggling your mind, wait ’til you read this about reusable wipes! Abbey Lenton reports for 10 Daily Lifestyle.
  7. Sheep Poo and human skin. The latest sources of antibiotic alternatives, by Colm Gorey for SiliconRepublic.
  8. Is This New York City’s Nicest Public Bathroom? …by Winnie Hu for the New York Times. ‘Don’t we all want a nice public bathroom when out and about!?’
  9. ‘What Tiny Snail Poop Could Mean For Latin America’s Coffee Farms’, by Luke Fater of Atlas Obscura. The Snail that could help save your favourite cup of coffee!
  10. NetDoctor explains… ‘What causes poo or bum burn after spicy food?

On that happy note, let’s put all these articles behind us. We look forward to publishing the next edition of ‘The Daily Poo!’ same time next week. Random act of kindness? Don’t leave anyone an empty toilet roll – replace it! 🙂

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The Latest News & Views on Loos & no. 2s from ‘The Daily Poo!’ + Valentines Day Gifts.

The TUSHY Ottoman | photo copyright TUSHY LLC

Welcome to this week’s edition of ‘The Daily Poo!‘ where we look at what’s going on in the world of loos & no. 2s, health issues, Valentine Gifts, challenges around the world, inventions, fascinating facts and quite a lot of silliness too. Let’s start with the perfect Valentine gift, as Feb 14th is fast approaching. There’s a company called ‘TUSHY‘ who have managed, amongst other things, to make a posh version of the ‘squattypottyTM’ and, although we have patents pending out there for an alternative – the TUSHY Ottoman may just be the most beautiful option for straightening your colons, or that of the one(s) you love… Added to which, their core product is, as their name suggests, an attachable bidet to wash your tush. Plus they have more eco-friendly and beautifully designed products in their range too, take a look at the website and discover them all! Another great gift idea is that amazing Poo-Pourri tried and tested by us here at ‘The Daily Poo!‘ for the home, small enough to carry around and it really works. Another of our favourites is the ‘Who Gives a Crap‘ toilet paper range, and ‘Aesop Post-Poo Drops.’ If you love someone then surely you must give a crap and all of the above could just show your true affections.

Meanwhile back to the news and views:

  1. Whilst we’re on the subject of ablutions – which we are every week 🙂 Men’sHealth explain why taking a poo is good for your mental health!
  2. Can’t do what you need to do in a public toilet? You’re not alone… Today looks at shy bowel and shy bladder.
  3. Where does all our poop go?… take NYC for example as Live Science explains…
  4. Let’s almost seamlessly transition from poop to coffee. Curious? Well this new coffee shop puts the crap into crappuccino. Fancy some Jacu Poo Brew?
  5. Ever wondered why husbands take so long to poop? Ashley Jones of Romper has ‘Experts Explain What They *Might* Be Doing.’

A few other fascinating articles, stay on track with our guide to the history of the toilet, how they work and more abstract news such as why talking about cow poop has become an art form… here they are:

  1. A great article on, ‘What the Earliest Toilets Say About How Human Civilisation Has Evolved.’ Latrines have been around for thousands of years. Though they haven’t exactly always been sanitary. Discover by Bridget Alex.
  2. At a certain time in the not too distant past, in Australia they had ‘dunnycarts‘ to take away poop, and in places like Norfolk in the UK, it was ‘honeycarts‘ as Keith Skipper explains for the Eastern Daily Press, ‘It was like the Deliveroo of its day, only in reverse. The takeway convenience of the honeycart.’
  3. From 2019 Chris Woodford runs through a few toilets on ExplainThatStuff, and illustrates how they work. Flush, Macerating, Vacuum & Composting.
  4. As the Science Museum continues its successful ‘It takes Guts‘ a gross, squirm-inducing show about the workings of the human digestive system, Farmers Weekly points out the effect that talking about cow poo has on unruly children. Teachers, catch the full YouTube of ‘It Takes Guts’ here.

That’s it for now. We’ll be back with more of ‘The Daily Poo!‘ next week…

‘The Daily Poo!’ This week, ‘A Potted History of the Toilet’ part 1.

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As per last week’s heads up on the bottoms down. We should point out from the very start, it’s a history that relates more to the west as sitters, than the east who predominantly squat (or other regions where people still squat) – as we all did once upon a time!

Nevertheless, with the exception of 25% of the world’s population who still have no access to basic sanitation, the evolution of the toilet [sit down, or squat versions + urinals for men] has been relatively slow – and as you’ll read, has also been relatively painful. The illustration above, from one of my books on the subject about, ‘The History of the Toilet’, shows that after the creation of humanity, all of who squatted – some bright spark designed and invented the first sit down toilets… Thousands of years ago in Mesopotamia first by the Sumerians, the Indus-Harappan, and Egyptian civilisations, then Greece, and a while later add Rome to the list – and so on and so forth, as many would have read at school. For example, the phrase ‘you got the wrong end of the stick‘ derived from the sponge on the stick that Romans used to wipe their bums, dip it in a bucket, and pass it on – I guess you’re now picturing that phrase somewhat differently!

Again, as in the illustration above, the first sit down toilet designs were a row of seats with horseshoe shaped holes, they were unisex, and the ablutions were washed away to the river, with their clever drainage/sewer systems, albeit they were polluting their rivers in the process. Bearing in mind how many thousands of years ago this was, a) there’s been relatively little progress, b) why there was no particular loo taboo then, how did that change, c) as it became obvious that bad sanitation and poor sewerage systems killed people – again, why such slow progress and, d) why no one ever asked the question about such a dramatic posture change, ‘so how does it affect the health of humanity to suddenly go from squat to sit?’ Guess what, same questions as above today, yet only some more definable progress in the last 180 odd years,… err wtf?

For example, Sir John Harrington is accredited with the first mechanical flushing system in 1596. But, to highlight the glacial pace, new design, development and infrastructure barely started to make an impact again for another 4000 years, way up until the mid 1800s when we learn that as a result of London’s ‘The Great Stink’ sewers and sanitation jumped up the ‘to do’ list, and around the same time the first septic tank was invented, and then Thomas Crapper became a marketing legend, which led to all sorts of tweaks to toilet and flush designs, aided by Alexander Cummings, Mr U or S Bend one might say. It was a bums rush of activity, infrastructure and invention!

As you can see, even with this brief insight – this is a big subject. After the mid 1800s progress lowed gain in real terms. For which reason this brief history is a two parter, no. 1 [this week] and no. 2 [next] explaining how the software (so to speak) evolved, as the hardware was introduced. Other inventors and ideas, and how we’re still struggling to cope to this day, and as mentioned at the start, at the same time neglecting 25% of the population who, quite honestly, are far worse off today than many people were all that time ago, over 5000 years earlier.

Until next week… and ‘The Daily Poo!‘ ‘A Potted History of the Toilet’ part 2.’

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‘The Daily Poo!’ The Latest News on loos & no. 2s

I have to start this week by mentioning a magazine I found called ‘Toilet Paper’ which may be familiar to many of you fashionistas – but, great design and wanted to flag it up as a fantastic coffee table mag or one for the bathroom! Let’s continue with a fun and educational youtube clip from Nas Daily from late 2018, you guessed it… about our specialist subject! Nas Daily’s ‘Before your next “toilet visit”… check this out‘ is another Jack Sim [Mr. Toilet] masterstroke. ‘The Daily Poo!’ this week, after blinding you with stats last week, is getting back to the down low on the down low and how to go.

  1. No. 1 on the subject list of no. 2s may be one you want to ignore, unless it’s something that may apply to you!? Poop problems podcast on the way to wipe… a hairy bottom!
  2. No. 2 on this week’s list of no. 2s a fantastic article on the merits of Bidets vs Butt wipe.
  3. I guess could be called no. 3s as it should be part of the process, especially when Aesop and Poo-Pourri show how there’s a big market in cover ups, not just political, but everyones shit 🙂 Here’s a review of Aesop’s Post Poo Drops…
  4. Whilst the first article above dealt with some man stuff, let’s take time to revisit the plight of women. Women Poop. Sometimes At Work. Get Over It.
  5. It’s pretty common that people use their technology, mobile phones etc. while sitting on the loo, yep, too much sitting time isn’t healthy but want to jazz up your gadgets with some poop emojis? Check these out!
  6. Finally, how a Detroit zoo is turning poop into electricity – and I’m not talking light pollution!!

A quick round up as the new year truly gets underway. Next week we’ll be examining the history of the toilet and the who’s who of loos. Let’s end on some environmental news… Bat Poop Gives Insight on Climate Change, Vegetation. Have a great week!

‘The Daily Poo!’ Latest News + Did you know that 25% of the world still has no access to basic sanitation!?

In last week’s edition of ‘The Daily Poo!’ we mentioned the global problems that remain a major issue for the people they impact, ie the sanitation and hygiene (or lack of it) in many areas of the world, along with lack of access to clean water or any water at all. There are many statistics bandied around, which can be somewhat confusing and blur the distinction between the various issues that need addressing, so let’s try and unravel the stats and give you a clearer picture on what’s really happening out there.

Key organisations in working to resolve the above problems include; The World Toilet Organisation set up by a guy called Jack Sim on November 19 2001 [also, World Toilet Day]. This is aligned to the United Nations who work closely with Jack on their sustainable development goals along with efforts to end open defecation. The World Health Organisation [WHO], UNICEF and The Bill Gates Foundation are other major influences, and the list is growing, as this rather ‘taboo’ subject dramatically affects both people, and the environment around the globe.

  1. The World Population was approx. 7.6 billion as at end of 2018 according to data from The World Bank, which aligns with the figure given by the United Nations. You can read the country by country split on the above link.
  2. 2 billion people still have no access to basic sanitation such as toilets or latrines, that’s around 25% of the world population! Of these, 673 million still defecate in the open, for example in street gutters, behind bushes or into open bodies of water. [WHO]
  3. Inadequate sanitation means that around 827,000 deaths annually from people in low and middle-income countries as a result of inadequate water, sanitation, and hygiene each year. Poor sanitation also contributes to malnutrition. [WHO]
  4. More than 80 per cent of wastewater (resulting from human activities) is discharged into rivers or sea without any pollution removal. [UN]
  5. At the current time, more than 2 billion people are living with the risk of reduced access to freshwater resources and by 2050, at least one in four people is likely to live in a country affected by chronic or recurring shortages of fresh water. [UN]
  6. According to the World Health Organization and UNICEF, sanitation rated as “safe for people” increased by only three percent worldwide over the last five years.
  7. Globally, 26% of health care facilities did not have basic water services in 2016. [WASH]

All of this data simply touches the surface on a problem that many of us neither experience, nor read much about. It is something that needs to be urgently addressed and the likes of Jack Sim and The World Toilet Organisation getting greater attention, media coverage and support.

Finally let’s end on a brief round up of other news from the world of loos and no. 2s from ‘The Daily Poo!‘ So, here are a few links to the most recent articles:

  1. The Whale Poop that’s worth more than your car!
  2. How Sea Urchin Poop Could Fight Climate Change.
  3. Top tip for Tourists in New Zealand: Dig a hole for your poop.
  4. What’s the Difference Between Toilet Paper and Tissue?
  5. Russian artist rings in new year with huge rat sculpture… made of poop!
  6. Further to our mention of Aesop Post Poo-Drops in the last blog, here’s an article that gives them the thumbs up, and odour down…

On which note… have a great week and we’ll catch up again with all the latest news and views from the loo in ‘The Daily Poo!’

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