And The Poop Stories Continue

Keeping with the trend I started yesterday about the “Poonado”…..I have found other related articles that I feel compelled to share… let us talk poop!

You always see these ads on the tube about this TP or that….one is softer, another is aloe infused, yada….but let’s be honest TP is mankind’s best friend….anyway I have an idea for an ad…..a family goes camping and we see the group walking with their backpacks……Dad has the tent, kids have the cooking utensils and Mom has a 12 pack of TP……for we know that at times it seems that we eat TP at an alarming rate…..

I bring all this up because of this piece that I read….

Does your toilet paper seem smaller to you these days? Well, you’re not crazy: It is. As the Washington Post reports, toilet paper squares used to be 4.5 inches by 4.5 inches. Nowadays, they’re up to a half-inch narrower, shorter—or both. (Apparently, it’s enough of a difference to be noticeable to the naked eye: Last week, a reader wrote in to the Los Angeles Times complaining about a “26% reduction in surface area.”) And, as Consumer Reports noted last year, the cardboard tubes are also increasing in diameter as the number of sheets per roll decreases. But the price is not falling: In 2012 and 2013, the unit price rose about 2% per year. (In 2013, the Wall Street Journal explained that the process of selling less paper for the same price is known as “desheeting.”)

“A standard roll is much smaller than it used to be, so now they’re selling double rolls. So, without being scientific, I think a double roll is pretty well equivalent to what a standard roll was perhaps a decade ago,” a research analyst tells NPR. One not-as-obvious reason for the TP trend is that companies that make toilet paper also make products like paper towels and napkins. Though toilet paper is essential—Americans are estimated to use an average of 46 sheets per day, and that’s probably not set to change any time soon—paper towel and napkin sales are falling. In particular, large companies, like offices and restaurants, are moving toward things like air dryers or, the analyst explains, rationing how many napkins they dole out to customers. But they’ll never cut down on their TP orders in an attempt to ration that particular product, so orders will remain steady.

With the amount of people that are full of poop….they should be expanding the size not diminishing it…

On another note……you have seen the story where Gates drinks some recycled water from a sewage reclamation plant, right?

Here we go on a side trip……..

The sewage being treated by your city could be a veritable gold mine. That’s because all kinds of metals end up in sewage sludge, which is the leftovers from treated sewage, Science reports. Researchers in Arizona recently found that a city of a million people could generate up to $13 million a year in such metals, with $2.6 million of that coming in the form of gold and silver. They studied the samples, which came from 32 states, with a mass spectrometer, Discover reports; the tool uses extreme heat to reveal elements. On a global scale, they found, sludge probably contains about 360 tons of gold each year. “While we expected that the metals were present at low concentration, the fact that the small amounts represent such a significant economic value was definitely surprising,” a study co-author tells Time.

Getting at those metals might sound like a pipe dream, quite literally, but a city in Japan was able to get about four pounds of gold from every metric ton of ash from burned sludge. That’s better than what some mines can offer, Science notes. “We need to make this push where we stop thinking about (sewage sludge) as a liability and instead we think about it as a resource,” says an outside researcher. Unfortunately, there’s not currently any technology to extract metals from sludge on a large scale, but if we could someday find a way to do so, there could be environmental benefits, too: The metals in sludge, which is often used as fertilizer, may not be great for the environment, so removing them could be a good thing. As for how metals get into wastewater? Industries like electronics, jewelry manufacturing, mining, and the like

That story is worth its weight in POOP!

That is all the major poop news that I know you were dying to know……have a great finish to your weekend endeavors.

5 thoughts on “And The Poop Stories Continue

  1. Ha! Toilet Paper companies could market the smaller rolls as “Fun Size” like the Snack industry did to sell less for more$.

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