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   My Children. I love them dearly. But they frustrate me. They are both nearly adults now, and yet they still have not mastered the concept that when you use the last piece of toilet paper, out of love and kindness 🙂 for your fellow mankind, you should replace the empty roll with a new one.

This whole page started with a simple picture and a single thought: “Why?”

A lonely, unused toilet paper holder

   Why would you use the last piece of toilet paper, and then just leave?

   I know that whenever I sit down on the throne and have completed the initial phase, the last thing I want to do is look over and see an empty roll hanging on the holder. In one brief instance, the initial satisfaction of relief turns into an emotional state of semi-panic! Where is the paper? What am I going to use? Where is the nearest roll? How do I get to it? and ultimately, how much “cleaning up” is going to be required in the end. (that’s a pun)

   Almost as quickly, my mind turns away from my predicament and to the contemplation of the deviousness of the sick mind that would allow someone to leave the scene of such a despicable crime, apparently without remorse. What were they thinking? What kind of person finishes the roll — and leaves? Did they sit down to an empty roll as a child and it scarred their emotional state so much that they honestly think, “I will repay evil for evil.” Or are they just so lazy they don’t care? Maybe the problem is, they have grown up in a sheltered environment where either the mother, the nanny, or the dad always saw to it that the paper was replaced — and so they don’t know why or how to do it themselves.

   After getting through this momentous ordeal, and making sure there was plenty of paper on the roll for the next guy, I called the family together and explained to them how leaving the holder without paper was akin to denying someone their basic human rights. Problem solved. Or so I thought.

About a week later, I see this:


   Granted, this is not nearly as bad as finding the roll completely empty, but how much effort does it take to finish the job. Really?

   When I made these posts about toilet paper, I didn’t realize that dealing with toilet paper was such a common and ubiquitous problem. As it turns out, I was just a novice at the beginning of a long journey into the whys of toilet paper. I understand now that there is a whole world of humans struggling with the issue of dealing with people who are downright rude when it comes to toilet paper. There is more than enough information on dealing with toilet paper to give the subject its own page.

So I have…

It looks like one of my Facebook friends (I have two) has found the answer to “Why?”


Psychologist believe they can extract a lot about your personality traits
just by examining the way you reload the toilet paper holder.


Please tell me what you think–


According to Desi Jedeikin’s post 20 Hysterical Roomate Notes, It’s not easy living with people. Sometimes you gotta get a little passive-aggressive. Or just aggressive. That works too.

Some people may even go past civility:

   But others are unwilling to stoop to low levels and rudeness. Their path is to lighten the mood- share the cheerful side of things, to take a little extra effort to make this world as pleasant a place as can be for others:

by Tim Whyatt

Toilet Paper Origami is the oriental art of folding as applied to toilet paper. This is seen in some upscale hotels where the cleaning staff will fold the first sheet of toilet paper into a simple triangle.

   Housekeepers at deluxe accommodations around the world are neatly folding the loose end of a partially used roll of toilet paper into a little triangle. The triangulated toilet paper informs the guests that the cleaning staff has been there, has cleaned the room, and replenished their supplies. But some housekeepers fold the end into little bows or fans. Toilet paper origami is assuming its rightful place in the world thanks to the hotel business, and origami is an art form enjoyed more and more commonly by travelers. Now why is that? Dr Susan Blackmore proposes that V-shaped toilet paper is an emblematic example of a “meme”. What is a meme? Well, Dr Blackmore, leader in the science of “memetics”, describes a meme as “that which is copied” – any idea copied from person to person, or person to computer, or phone to computer. The word meme was coined by the Oxford University evolutionist Prof Richard Dawkins in a discussion of the evolution of ideas.

   The “toilet paper V” meme has been copied from hotel to hotel across the world to the point that most of the finer hotels now do it. Dr Blackmore told her audience that even a remote guesthouse she visited in rural Assam in India did it. And Prof Dawkins chipped in that after using the facilities at the ambassador’s residence in Hong Kong he had been practically pushed out of the way by a chamber maid anxious to get in to fold the toilet paper. It has been suggested that paper folding is the ultimate symbol of bathroom class.
[Source: James Randerson ]

Left to right: classic triangular, pleated, pleated and tucked.

Left to right: triple pleated, sailboat, butterfly, and flower.


Source: The Toilet Paper Origami Resource Page


Black toilet paper. Now that's just wrong.

life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.



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