A big run on toilet paper was last experienced in 1973! Is it any more than just another rumour today that’s causing this ‘bums rush’?!

In December 1973 Johnny Carson was rumoured to have inadvertently caused a run on toilet paper after making a joke on The Tonight Show.
Today, (though not quite sure where the recent rumours have come from) according to industry experts there is no supply problem, i.e. no more need to stock up on toilet paper than there was back in 1973 when a rumour started unravelling, like an unchecked roll of loo paper…
The most likely outcome for people that go and bulk buy extra packs will be that in time they’ll look in their cupboards and reflect on why they’ve got 120 rolls of toilet paper in the house!?

On Wednesday the Australian toilet paper company ‘Who Gives a Crap’ announced it had completely sold out of stock. In a press release with the headline ‘holy crap’ the company said the panic buying madness had exhausted supplies. Also, we mentioned in the last post that there is always the bidet option, more wash than wipe and therefore less toilet paper? But reading an article in the FT today by Leo Lewis shows us an example of just how peculiar the reaction is becoming, when it isn’t a problem had people kept calm and stopped this bums rush on toilet tissue! ‘Coronavirus forces Japan to rethink its view of toilet roll.

Further news, after our suggestion that ‘bidets’ were a great alternative, is now making headlines [we do try to be ahead of the curve with these things!:)] as sales of ‘bum guns’ in Oz skyrocket by 350% in 7 days . Jessica Dunne from 10 Daily News just posted this article… ‘Bidet Mate: Aussies Are Searching For ‘Bum Guns’ And Other Ways To Wipe.

As a side note… with the upcoming James Bond movie – at 2hrs and 43 minutes, it could potentially be ‘No Time to Pee’? Addendum: As it’s now been rescheduled for November 2020 you’ll have to hang on even longer…

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!

wikimedia | cabot health
  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

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

https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/world-kindness-day

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 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…