‘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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Latest news & views on loos & no. 2s from ‘The Daily Poo!’ + The Best Toilet Stools for Posture, Health & Wellbeing.

If you missed last weeks article, there are some great ideas for Valentines Day so do check back. Meanwhile, let’s catch up on all of the latest news from around the globe in a poo packed post. Starting with the relationship between coronavirus and as Science Alert suggests it could also be spread through poop, so we wanted to flag this up… https://www.sciencealert.com/latest-coronavirus-study-suggests-it-can-also-be-spread-through-poop and other news, ‘A run on toilet paper represents a quantum leap in the anxiety-buying department. Especially in Hong Kong, a city where the main problem with toilet paper is, arguably, that there’s too much of it. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/08/opinion/coronavirus-hong-kong.html Channel News Asia also explains, that there’s no need to panic about lack of toilet paper: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/novel-coronavirus-lawrence-wong-explains-why-there-is-no-need-to-12416408

As education about poop gains momentum in being taught and talked about at schools, many articles are now appearing about ‘poop education’ both human and for the animal kingdom. We’ve written three books on the subject (awaiting publication) one of which is our ‘All Animals Poo and We Do Too‘ which features a fun section entitled, ‘Match the Faeces to the Faces’… To give you a heads up on what to look for here’s the WWF’s ‘know your animal poo‘ article: https://www.wwf.org.uk/learn/know-your-animal-poo It’s important to engage children early on, ordinarily around potty time 3yrs as it breaks down fears, helps them understand and be aware of what’s healthy and what’s not, and it can be a lot of fun too, for both parents and their children. There’s an interesting article for new parents to read too, that’s worth being aware of about encopresis: https://parentology.com/encopresis-could-your-child-be-suffering-from-this-little-known-diagnosis/

A recurring theme we get in ‘The Daily Poo!‘ is about ‘Sit vs Squat‘ and the number of stand alone products (or should that be sit alone products:)) being offered to achieve the same result continues to grow in both popularity, and proof of concept. The ‘Toilet Stool‘ started with the ‘SquattyPotty TM’ and now there are a number of newcomers and awareness is growing of the benefits from lifting your legs to straighten your colon – i.e. mimicking a squat – which we were all designed to do and have done since the beginning of time.

However, we have patents pending to make going to the loo a lot easier with an aesthetic design to fit practically every bathroom and do away with the need to have an unsightly stool lurking in the bathroom, and that can be applied to hospitals, offices, public toilets, schools and anywhere that has a floor or wall mounted toilet – we believe there’s enough of a movement (ahem) to drive the need to make this option a standard for all toilet manufacturers to offer – for the health and care of their customers. To discuss our patents and a potential license do contact us at ‘The Daily Poo!

Meanwhile, let’s look at two articles to help you go, the first ‘How to Sh*t Sit!’ by Doug Powell: https://www.barfblog.com/2020/02/today-in-national-poop-day-how-to-sit-a-guide/ and the second, as mentioned above, ‘Toilet stools are the hottest new bathroom accessory ever since the release of the Squatty Potty. But more stools with improved features have jumped onto the scene since including the TURBO™ Bathroom Toilet Stool… Here are a few more of the leading toilet stools:

  1. Squatty Potty Toilet Stool
  2. Squatty Potty The Original Adjustable Height Bathroom Toilet Stool- Tao Bamboo
  3. The TUSHY Ottoman
  4. Squat ‘n’ Go Adjustable Bamboo Luxury Squatting Toilet
  5.  Relaxx Toilet Stool
  6.  EasyGoPro Toilet Stool
  7.  Morning Smile Toilet Stool
  8.  Squat and Go white Toilet Stool
  9. Step and Go Toilet Stool
  10. StrongTek Squatty Toilet Stool

Finally, let’s finish up with a couple of humorous articles and features to brighten your week:

  1. There’s a new comedy coming to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, ‘The Origin of the Faeces‘ which already has us laughing with the title alone!
  2. Dodge the Poop‘ would be sound advice for anyone… so here’s a new game for all the family that involves doing just that!
  3. Seems like poop is getting everywhere, in the Eurovision National Final in Czech Republic guess what the name of the band is that’s one of the leading frontrunners? https://escxtra.com/2020/02/02/czech-republic-eurovision-prediction/We all Poop!’

Next week in ‘The Daily Poo!’ as bidets and bidet attachments gain in popularity, we’ll take a look at wash vs wipe and catch up on all the latest news and views on poos and no. 2s – have a great 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!’ Charity, investment & environment update + World Toilet Day 19.11.19

‘World Toilet Day’ for more details click here: https://www.worldtoiletday.info/theme/

In last week’s blog, we began to focus on a more global look at what’s happening to improve sanitation and better facilities around the world where not everyone has the luxury of a private, or clean public, toilet. Importantly this coincides with ‘World Toilet Day‘ which is tomorrow Tuesday 19th November 2019. Just to give you an idea of the proportions we’re talking about here are a few stats:

+ 2.4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services, such as toilets or latrines. [un.org]

+ At least 892 million people continue to practice open defecation.[un.org]

+ More than 80 per cent of wastewater resulting from human activities is discharged into rivers or sea without any pollution removal. [un.org]

+ 1 in 3 people don’t use improved sanitation (a facility that safely separates human waste from human contact). [unicef]

World Sanitation Factsheet

The above are just a few of the challenges that are being addressed by individuals and organisations worldwide. ‘World Toilet Day’ was founded by Jack Sim [aka Mr. Toilet] back in 2011 and as mentioned in last week’s blog, he’s created such a movement (pun intended) that his work is not documented in a movie that’s just been released about him and his work, Mr Toilet: The World’s #2 Man

Apart from the UN, WHO and Unicef, the problem has the attention of; The Bill Gates Foundation, Unilever, WaterAid, EcoLoo, CleanIndia to name but a few. As described in the following article, the opportunity exists for an approach that makes it possible for businesses to do well – while doing good. Interestingly, major toilet manufacturers worldwide could join in and help educate and invest in this very idea themselves. The following article is from Nov 2018 ‘Tech Disruption Comes to Global Sanitation.

Finally, this week’s line up of fun & facts in the scoop on the poop…

  1. G&P – Gin and Poop… a tipple for those who like Kopi Luwak Weasel poop coffee I guess?
  2. John Hamburger (his real name!) How toilet paper is a recession indicator, amongst other things.
  3. There’s an enormous poop coming to New York – step inside it – not on it!
  4. Yet another plug not for the sink, but for Mr. Toilet, the mild-mannered pooper hero… Pooperman the Movie!

Next week we’ll look at the latest in eco friendly toilet paper and also a few pointers on poop and your health in ‘The Daily Poo!’.

‘The Daily Poo!’ Highlights and humour from the past few week of ‘potty talk’…

While awaiting further news on the publication of my ‘poo books’ for kids and all ages + as my agent is away promoting the Andrew Ridgeley book signing, ‘Wham! George & Me’ I’ve been scrolling through the usual sources to find some of the best articles from this past week and others that have resurfaced.

This week’s selection includes health matters, caring for your toilet and more toilet paper and wash or wipe Q&A’s, oh and Halloween of course… enjoy! More poo news next week from ‘The Daily Poo!’…the blog on the bog.

  1. Are you a runner? Well, this is the reason why you may have the urge to poop while running… 
  2. 14 Healthy Foods That Help You Poop!
  3. Let’s talk about poop to the kids, a few need to knows that ought to be discussed.
  4. and, talking shit for adults too…
  5. Toyota cars could run on cow poo… now that’s stepping on the gas 🙂 !
  6. Lifting the lid on Japan’s poo museum – in pictures… 
  7. Not Washing Your Hands After You Poop Is More Dangerous Than Eating Raw Meat – Here’s Why…
  8. Humorous video urges you to show your toilet some love) as per the article in last week’s blog) Why the toilet isn’t a trash can!
  9. Happy Halloween, it may not be the scariest costume, but most people will run a mile.

Here’s a Halloween Pumpkin Poop recipe… and wishing you all a Happy Halloween 2019 – see you next week!

http://www.cheeriolala.com/paleo-pumpkin-poop-recipe/