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…

‘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!’ Toilet Tech plus the latest news & views in the poop loop.

There’s a fundamental difference about the way people go to the loo, primarily (as a generalisation) in the west we sit, and in the east they squat.

In itself the correct posture is quite a matter for debate, after all humanity was designed to squat. Then way back in the days of the Sumerians, sitting suddenly became a new option, adopted by the Romans and carried through to the present day. But, where was the research and science to back up the supposition that sitting was a good option, when squatting had always been the natural position by design. Today, a vast amount of the population (who are fortunate, or not, to have such facilities) are still squatting. Meanwhile sitting continues to be adopted farther afield, and toilet manufacturers keep inventing more devices to enhance the experience. That’s what we’re highlighting in ‘The Daily Poo!’ today… Toilet tech and a few other articles on what’s happening behind those closed doors.

  1. This time last year The Bill Gates Foundation showcased products aimed to revolutionise sanitation technology… Bill Gates brandishes poo to showcase reinvented toilet tech!
  2. 16 weird things [and amazing inventions] that shock foreigners about Japanese bathrooms. We ought to be adopting a few of these technologies & ideas here!!
  3. Toilets around the World: Designs in various countries…
  4. Shower, toilet and paper: Why the rest of the world considers toilet habits of the West strange.
  5. Inspiring Design Ideas for Dezeen Day: Sewage as a post-plastic alternative…
  6. Here’s what bathrooms look like all around the world [Insider]:
  7. Toilets get a high-tech makeover… Manufacturers of the toilet are going high-tech.
  8. Top 10 bathroom innovations of the future… from voice recognition to hovering mirrors that may soon be reality.
  9. Travel Tips and ‘when a squat’s the only option…’
  10. In case you missed it, ‘How dog poop illuminated a street lamp!’
  11. The Poop powered Pub.

Next week we’ll look at charities and organisations that aim to aid poorer countries as the World Health Organisation reports, 74% of the world’s population (5.5 billion people) used at least a basic sanitation service. 2.0 billion people still do not have basic sanitation facilities such as toilets or latrines. So heading back to our first article that’s what Bill Gates and others are on a mission to change. Another amazing man is also on the same mission, Jack Sim aka Mr. Toilet who founded World Toilet Day which takes place on November 19th this year. He’s also just released his first movie documentary, which we hope will be shown in the UK anytime soon…. Mr Toilet: The World’s #2 Man

The latest news on the Toilet in our new Toilet Paper… ‘The Daily Poo!’

‘The Daily Poo!’

Though more and more people talk about it these days, the time has come to get down and dirty on this whole business, of your business!

Having written 2 books so far on Poop & The History of the Toilet (awaiting publication) and with a 3rd in the pipeline for early 2020… plus, having got patents pending on designs to make it easier to do no. twos and… various other health benefits – this seems like the perfect time. An opportunity to tell all, but with the usual and expected toilet humour that simply has to accompany the topic, as per the recent theft from Blenheim Palace.

Many of you would have read about the theft of a £4.8m loo from Blenheim Palace, the throne in question was made out of solid gold – though if you look carefully at the photos, the toilet roll and toilet roll holder were left behind, in fact they looked totally out of place beside such a fine toilet, as did the flooring. Visitors were recently being invited to book three-minute slots to use the throne for its intended purpose.

Visitors were encouraged to take a selfie and share with the hashtags #americaatblenheim and #cattelanatblenheim – pity the thieves didn’t do the same! At last we have a real version of the joke about the stolen toilet, and… ‘the police have nothing to go on!’ Look out for next week’s blog when ‘The Daily Poo!’ reveals the best of what’s going on in the world of WC’s!

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