15 Facts on National Toilet Paper Day – August 26th

Today (August 26) is National Toilet Paper Day! Here are some interesting facts about toilet paper to help you celebrate this quirky event!

USA money toilet paper

Americans use 50% more toilet paper than other Western societies.

Americans use 50% more toilet paper than other Western societies. On average, Americans use about 50 pounds of toilet paper per-person per year, compared to people in other Western countries, who use about 33 pounds per year each. Americans also prefer multi-ply paper, which increases the per-person usage rate.

Novelty Electric Toilet Tissue - corn cob with an electric cord

Corn cobs (the un-plugged kind) were used as toilet paper in the past. Progress is great!

Some interesting things have been used in place of toilet paper. Water, hay, corncobs, leaves, sticks, stones, sand moss, hemp, wool, husks, fruit peels, ferns, sponges, seashells, and broken pottery have all been used in the bathroom at one time or another.
(Broken pottery!)

Over or under? About two-thirds of Americans prefer their toilet paper to come off the roll over the top.

Toilet paper was introduced in the US in 1857. Joseph Gayetty is credited with bringing toilet paper to the US market in 1857. The paper was dispensed in flat squares embossed with Gayetty’s name. Gayetty’s Medicated Paper exited the market in the 1920′s, a victim of competition from the more compact and more easily dispensed rolled paper commonly used today.

Rolled toilet paper (and toilet paper rollers) hit the US market in 1883. Seth Wheeler patented both rolled toilet paper and toilet paper dispensers.

Colored toilet paper was available in the US for about 40 years. Scott was the last company to remove colored toilet paper from the US market in 2004. Colored toilet paper is still readily available in European countries.

model with blue colored toilet paper

Hold the color! US consumers prefer bright white, multi-ply paper with decorative designs. While the designs give an embossed look, the toilet paper isn’t truly embossed. The designs are created as part of the drying process during production, and according to the manufacturers, they improve the overall strength of the paper.

Toilet paper is specially designed to decompose. Even though they may feel similar, toilet paper and facial tissues aren’t the same. The fibers used to make toilet paper are very short, which allow the paper to begin disintegrating within seconds of becoming wet. This design allows the paper to dissolve in septic systems. Remarkably, after getting wet, toilet paper still retains about 15% of its dry strength.

The first mention of toilet paper in history was from the 6th century AD. Chinese history records the first mention of the use of toilet paper in the 6th century. By the 14th century, toilet paper was mass-produced in China.

Global toilet paper production consumes 10 million trees each year. Each tree produces about 100 pounds of toilet paper. On average, global toilet paper demand consumes nearly 30,000 trees each day.

Mr. Whipple squeeze the Charmin

Mr. Whipple said, “Don’t squeeze the Charmin!” But he can’t help himself.

Standard size? Not always! The industry standard size of a square of toilet paper is 4.5″ x 4.5″. Some manufacturers reduce the size of the square in order to offer a lower retail price.

Toilet paper is a bona fide bestseller! Not surprisingly, toilet paper is ranked third in overall sales of non-food items, and accounts for more than $4 billion in US sales annually.

camp toilet paperThe US Army used toilet paper as camouflage. During Desert Storm, the US Army used toilet paper to camouflage its tanks.

It doesn’t pay to be British. At least when it comes to buying toilet paper. Britons spend on average about twice as much as other European consumers do on toilet paper, and about three times more than US consumers do for the same product.

Here’s the real reason Canada likes us. The US is the largest exporter of toilet paper in the world. On the other side of the coin, Canada imports more toilet paper from the US than any other country.

 

Some may remember  the “little brown shack out back” as does Country & Western Singer Bobby Bare.  Check out this video:

August 26 – Women’s Equality Day

Women’s Equality Day commemorates 26th August 1920 when votes to women officially became part of the US constitution. Votes for Women poster - USThis day marks a turning point in the history of the struggle for equal treatment of women and women’s rights.

In 1920, the day stood for the result of 72 years of campaigning by a huge civil rights movement for women. Prior to movements like these, even respected thinkers such as Rousseau and Kant believed that woman’s inferior status in society was completely logical and reasonable; women were ‘beautiful’ and ‘not fit for serious employment’.

Over the last century, great women have proved these views wrong as the world has witnessed just what women are capable of achieving, from the likes of Rosa Parks and Eleanor Roosevelt fighting for civil rights and equality to great scientists such as Marie Curie, Rosalind Franklin and Jane Goodall. The last century has shown more than ever what both women and men are capable of achieving, given the opportunity.

Today, women’s equality has grown to mean much more than just sharing the right to the vote. Organisations such as Equality Now and Womankind Worldwide continue to work to provide women across the globe with equal opportunities to education and employment, pushing against suppression and violence towards women and against the discrimination and stereotyping which still occur in every society.

So on Women’s Equality Day, let the men do the dishes and the women do the DIY (if not already), think about supporting women’s empowerment projects in developing countries, stop thinking about men and women as separate beings with separate roles and start thinking about treating people as equals.

Or better yet….

Gender Gap cartoon

National Toilet Paper Day 2014

Since the Dawn of Man, humanity has fought a never-ending battle against skidmarks and rashes.  The weapons of combat ranged from water, rocks, and leaves, to whatever slow, furry animal was sitting too close to your hole in the ground.

Finally, Chinese inventors in the 6thcentury decided that those tools of butt-wiping were too complicated, too messy, and just too rough. They found a new way, a way that has evolved for over a thousand years but still goes by the same name: toilet paper.

On August 26th, we celebrate this marvel of hygienic engineering with National Toilet Paper Day! How, exactly, can we celebrate? Well, besides the obvious, which involves a lot of coffee, burritos, and warm milk, there are other ways to honor that great white roll, and make this random national holiday as memorable as Christmas!

Decorate Your Home

tpteepee thinkstock Celebrating National Toilet Paper Day

You can even TP a teepee!

Sure, TPing a house can be classified as petty vandalism, but not when you do it yourself! Throw a couple of rolls up into the trees and bushes on your front lawn. Wrap your stairway banisters. Hang streams of toilet paper from the chandelier. Tape a load of those cardboard center rolls together and set it up in your living room, complete with toilet paper draper and white lights. It’s a holiday!

Forgo Band-Aids

bloodyhell thinkstock Celebrating National Toilet Paper Day

“Gauze? That’s for fancy-folk! TP will do us real Americans just fine”

Some say the manly way to fix up a bleeding injury is to just wrap it in duct-tape. Sure, that will stop blood from leaking all over the floor, but what about when you have to rip it off? The cut just opens up again. Instead, wrap your bloody hole or stump with toilet paper. It’s softer, more comfortable, easier to manage, and, unlike duct-tape, is stockpiled in every home and business.

Gift-Wrap

As with most important holidays, gifts must be exchanged, and National Toilet Paper Day should be no different. What the gift is really doesn’t matter. What does matter is that we celebrate the season with gift-wrapping. Man has wrapped emergency presents (when we wrap presents) with almost every paper product known. Last minute birthday? Grab the newspaper and some tape. Forgot to wrap a wedding gift? Who’s got a paper bag and some Saran wrap? National Toilet Paper Day’s holiday wrapping paper is just too obvious to mention. Just make sure to use fresh toilet paper.

Did You Get the Memo?

whatisthiscrap thinkstock Celebrating National Toilet Paper Day

The input is not dissimilar to the finished product

The holiday season for anal hygiene has its place in the office as well. Toilet paper is just paper, after all. Why not send out physical memos on toilet paper? Better yet (if you’re management, anyway), scribble out those memos from the lavatory. Draft your expense reports on toilet paper. Bathrooms in Las Vegas have phones right next to the toilet, so taking conference calls in the bathroom while preparing to celebrate National Toilet Paper Day the old fashioned way is not out of the question.

albundy Celebrating National Toilet Paper Day

Photo by Fox

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Fight Diabetes with Steak and Sweet Potatoes

Chef Michael Moore

Chef Michael Moore

Australian Chef Chef Michael Moore on Facebook offers a delicious and healthy way to face diabetes with his latest book: “Blood Sugar: Inspiring Recipes for Anyone Facing the Challenge of Diabetes and Maintaining Good Health.”

Crusted Beef with Sticky Sweet Potato and Mustard Cream Recipe

 Yield: 6 Servings

Crusted Beef: 

  • 16 oz. beef tenderloin
  • 3 oz. sunflower seeds
  • 3 oz. whole almonds
  • 3 oz. walnuts
  • 2 oz. low-fat butter

Sticky Sweet Potato: 

  • 1 lb. 9 oz. sweet potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. agave syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. light soy sauce

Mustard and horseradish cream:

  • 2 Tbsp. horseradish puree or sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. whole-grain mustard
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 3 oz. light sour cream
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Crusted Beef with Sticky Sweet Potato and Mustard Cream

Healthy can be delicious!

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Peel and cut sweet potato into large chunks.  Coat well with agave and soy sauce and place onto a shallow baking sheet.  Roast in oven for 35 minutes, turning over halfway through cooking.
  3. Spray meat with cooking spray and sear evenly in a hot skillet for 2 minutes each side, or until brown. Remove and cool.
  4. Process seeds and nuts to a course crumb. Add butter and process until just mixed through. Press nut crust onto meat; bake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes.  Rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
  5. Mix mustard and horseradish ingredients together and season to taste.
  6. Serve slice beef with sweet potato and mustard and horseradish cream.

Gourmet Pizza Burgers

Taste of Home© Grilled Pizza Burgers

The recipe below was originally published as Grilled Pizza Burgers in Simple & Delicious July/August 2009, p53

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Grill: 15 min.

Grilled Pizza Burgers
Photo by Taste of Home© Grilled Pizza Burger©

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • 4 English muffins, split and toasted
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce

 

 

The following recipe was featured in the Summer 2014 edition of “Embracing Health,” a news magazine by OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center recipes.

Gourmet Pizza Burgers

Yield: 4 servings
Ingredients: 

  • 2 Tbsp. chopped sun-dried tomatoes in oil
  • 1/4 c. finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 c. finely chopped fresh mushrooms
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. dried basil
  • 2 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 whole wheat French baguette, cut into four sections
  • 2 Tbsp. pesto sauce

 

Directions:

  1. Mix burger ingredients in a small bowl, adding ground beef last.  Shape into four elongated patties to fit the bread portions.  Cover and refrigerate the burgers until ready to cook.
  2. Heat two-sided contact grill to high. Add burgers and set timer for four minutes. Check with an instant-read meat thermometer inserted horizontally.  They’re done at 160 degrees.  You can warm the bread and spread with pesto sauce while the burgers are cooking.  Optional garnishes to add color – but not too many calories — include roasted red peppers, black olives, pine nuts, fresh tomatoes, and lettuce.

Purr-fect Gift for a Cat Lover and Mats Jonasson Crystal Sculpture Collector

In honor of Black Cat Appreciation Day, here is an opportunity for cat lovers to treasure a keepsake that will last more than 9 lives.

Kitten with yarn - Mats Jonasson Signature Collection
The kitten with a ball of yarn is part of the Mats Jonasson Signature Collection

This is a sweet Mats Jonasson crystal paperweight sculpture, intaglio carved from a slab of Swedish crystal in the form of a kitten playing with a ball of yarn. The crisp detail reveals it is a striped tabby.

Fully signed “MJ Sweden” on the bottom.

This  work is from the Mats Jonasson Signature Collection, Made in Sweden. Lead Crystal 28% lead.  Perfect condition.  Box slightly worn as shown above.

It would make a lovely gift for the cat lover or the collector of Danish / Scandinavian Modern art glass.

Size: 3-1/4″ high by 3-3/4″ wide, depth varies.

Price is $80 plus shipping and handling.

Only ONE available.

Mats Jonasson Signature Collection - kitten and ball of yarn
A closeup of the handcrafted lead crystal sculpture of a Kitten with a ball of yarn from Mats Jonasson Signature Collection 

For more Mats Jonasson Signature Collection items, visit Al’s Neighborhood.

NOTE: This will be shipped by UPS.  Cost is based on location, shipping from the Chicagoland area.  For more information, fill out the form below.

 

 

Thank you for your cooperation and patience.

Black Cat Appreciation Day – Blackie, the Muse

Carl Mydans Gjon Mili and his cat Blackie, 1944

Carl Mydans Gjon Mili and his cat Blackie, 1944 ©

Blackie was the muse and pet to Life magazine photographer Gjon Mili.

Gjon Mili (November 28, 1904 – February 14, 1984) was an Albanian-American photographer best known for his work published in LIFE which he photographed artists such as Pablo Picasso… and Blackie.

The famous photographer and anyone who met Blackie found it easy to appreciate this black kitty.

Blackie regarding a portrait of himself made by artist Saul Steinberg during a session at Mili's studio, 1947.

Blackie regarding a portrait of himself made by artist Saul Steinberg during a session at Mili’s studio, 1947. Photo by Gjon Mili

 

Black Cat Appreciation Day — August 17th

Monique Balas | Special to The Oregonian By Monique Balas | Special to The Oregonian
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on October 29, 2011 at 6:30 AM

The black fur gene is recessive, so a cat must carry two copies of it to be black.
Scientists have found genetic mutations among several different kinds of cats that caused them to be black, meaning they are favored in nature.

Scientists also discovered that the mutations affect a gene related to one that’s resistant to HIV in humans, leading some to theorize that black cats may be resistant to disease.

In Europe, poor, lonely women often fed alley cats. When witch hysteria hit, many of these homeless women were accused of witchcraft, and their feline companions (especially black ones) were deemed guilty by association.

The Egyptian goddess Bast was thought to take the form of a black cat, so many ancient Egyptians owned black cats as a way to court her favor.

According to British lore, a black cat’s presence in a house will bring a young woman many suitors.

The British also believe that a black cat will bring its owner good luck, but coming across one accidentally brings bad luck.

Some people believe that plucking a single white hair on an otherwise ebony cat — without getting scratched — will make them lucky in love.

On Britain’s Yorkshire coast, fishermen’s wives believed owning a black cat would keep their husbands safe at sea.

 

 

Black cat trivia

1. Which English monarch was so devoted to his black cat that he insisted it be guarded 24 hours a day?

2. A black cat’s tail is thought to cure what ailment?

3. In Scotland, a black cat’s appearance on your porch is thought to bring what?

Answers:
1. King Charles I; the day after the cat died, he was arrested for treason.
2. Sty
3. Prosperity

 

Feline Facts: Cat Trivia For The Curious

Black Cat 150x150 Feline Facts: Cat Trivia For The Curious

A cat can be either right-pawed or left-pawed.

A cat can jump as much as seven times its height.

A cat can spend five or more hours a day grooming himself.

A cat can sprint at about thirty-one miles per hour.

A cat cannot see directly under its nose. This is why the cat cannot seem to find tidbits on the floor.

A cat has 230 bones in its body. A human only has 206 bones.

A cat has four rows of whiskers.

A cat in a hurry can sprint at about thirty-one miles per hour.

A cat is pregnant for about 58-65 days.

A cat sees about six times better than a human at night because of the tapetum lucidum , a layer of extra reflecting cells which absorb light.

A cat that bites you for rubbing his stomach is often biting from pleasure, not anger.

A cat uses its whiskers to determine if a space is too small to squeeze through. The whiskers act as feelers or antennae, helping the animal to judge the precise width of any passage.

A cat will almost never meow at another cat. Cats use this sound for humans.

A cat will clean itself with paw and tongue after a dangerous experience or when it has fought with another cat. This is believed to be an attempt by the animal to soothe its nerves by doing something natural and instinctive.

A cat will never break a sweat because it has no sweat glands.

A cat will spend nearly 30% of its life grooming itself.

A cat will tremble or shiver when it is extreme pain.

A cat’s arching back is part of a complex body language system, usually associated with feeling threatened. The arch is able to get so high because the cat’s spine contains nearly 60 vertebrae which fit loosely together. Humans have only 34 vertebrae.

cat on a cat tower
Cats are the only animals to voluntarily become domesticated. (Photo by A. Jones)

 

A cat’s brain is more similar to a human’s brain than that of a dog.

A cat’s brain is more similar to a man’s brain than that of a dog.

A cat’s ear pivots 180 degrees.

A cat’s field of vision is about 185 degrees.

A cat’s hearing rates as one of the top in the animal kingdom. Cats can hear sounds as high-pitched as 65 kHz; a human’s hearing stops at just 20 kHz.

A cat’s heart beats at 110 to 140 beats per minute, twice as fast as a human heart.

A cat’s jaws cannot move sideways.

A cat’s normal body temperature is 101.5 degrees F (38.6 C).

A cat’s sense of taste is keener than a dog’s sense of taste.

A cat’s tail held high means happiness. A twitching tail is a warning sign, and a tail tucked in close to the body is a sure sign of insecurity.

 

 

More Cat Trivia…

  • Cats cannot taste things that are sweet. A cat’s taste buds cannot detect sugar.
  • Kitty litter was originally made from sand. In 1948, however, it was discovered that clay was more absorbent.
  • Isaac Newton invented the cat flap door.

    black cat using a cat flap

    Issac Newton invented the cat flap.

  • Cats can see in the dark.
  • Abe Lincoln and Robert E. Lee supposedly loved cats. Rumor has it that Lincoln kept four cats in the White House.
  • While Abe Lincoln was quite the cat lover, Dwight Eisenhower was NOT a cat lover.
  • A cat purrs at the same frequency as an idling diesel engine. (Pretty cool, huh?)
  • Cats can run up to speeds of 30 mph!
  • Cats use their whiskers to determine if they can fit through a space.

Aug. 13, 2014 – International Left-handers day

International Left-Handers Day is a day to bring attention to the struggles which lefties face daily in a right-handed society.  August 13th is observed as International Left-Handers Day.

 

Facts:

10% of people are left-handed according to a report by Scientific American

Prince William

England’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is left-handed like his father Prince Charles.

Geniuses are more likely to be left-handed; 20% of the top scoring SAT takers are left-handed

In 2013, 31% of Major League Baseball pitchers were left-handed

Of the last 5 United States Presidents, three were lefties: Barack Obama, Clinton and Bush Sr.

Famous Lefties:  Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Barak Obama, Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and Leonardo de Vinci

Sir Paul McCartney

Famous lefty – Musician (Sir) Paul McCartney of the “Beatles” and “Wings”