The always interesting magazine Mental Floss did an article some time ago about one of my favorite items: toilet paper. When you think about it, it’s an item that we all have in common; everybody uses tp. Well, at least I HOPE everybody uses tp. If you’re using corncobs (ouch, yes they used to use them) or the Sears catalog pages, you need to get your butt into the 21st century my friend.
Did you know that the U.S. spends more than $6 BILLION a year on toilet paper? If everyone used just two sheets less every time they…you-know…just think of the money this country could put towards the deficit! According to Mental Floss Americans use an average of 57 sheets a day, or 50 lbs of toilet paper – yikes, that’s a whole lotta wipin goin on.
I was reading the latest issue of Mental Floss and a reader wrote in and discussed tp research he did some years back and he came up with 4 categories of toilet paper consumers: Folders (43%), Crumplers (41%), Around the Hands (6%) and he also included Other. Other? How else can you use tp? I also have an issue with Crumplers – just what the heck does this mean — you wad up the tp before you use it? How efficient can that possibly be? And..I’m sorry, but Around the Hands? Wouldn’t that mean you actually would have to use the other hand to unwind the used tp? Blechhh.
This reader also maintained that by consumption alone women accounted for 73% and men for 27%. So this means we ladies are more fastidious or just have more pieces parts to wipe? This is getting dangerously close to the TMI category for me.
I know! Let’s take a TP Poll. I really want to know — because I obviously lead a very boring life and have nothing better to do.