Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Harsh Toilet Tissue

There is no form of human illness QUITE so humiliating as rectal trouble...

FEAR OF SPLINTERS in harsh toilet tissue led to a successful advertising campaign (1920s & 1930s) that made Scott the world’s largest manufacturer and exporter of toilet tissue.

One brand, Sani-Tissue, was treated with balsam to ensure softness. 

An ad warned that "after 40 years of age, doctors say you have one chance in two of contracting some form of rectal disease." The cause? "Harsh or impure toilet paper."

You can read more about it here.

So how about you? Do you feel susceptible to the troubles caused by harsh toilet tissue?

Monday, September 29, 2014

Hand-Drying Hygiene

When was the last time you saw one of these in a public lavatory?...


Aside from being unhygienic, the continuous cloth towel roll frequently jammed.

So how should we dry our hands? Paper towels? Warm air hand dryers?

Studies have found that "hand dryers harbour bacteria and can blast germs into the atmosphere and promote infection."

Another study suggests that "paper towels are more efficient because they dry hands quicker and prevent transfer of germs."

Yet another study concludes that "paper towels and warm air hand dryers have the highest environmental toll."

Then there's the Dyson Airblade. Here we see Sir James Dyson of vacuum cleaner fame who states that "the Dyson Airblade hand dryers dry hands quickly and that the digital motor self-adjusts 6,000 times a second to maintain optimum efficiency."

I'm seeing more and more of these in public toilets. The hand dryer, that is...NOT Sir James.

Dyson's come up with another hand-drying innovation...the Dyson Airblade Tap Hand Dryer (click illustration to enlarge)...

The Dyson Airblade Tap Hand Dryer combines a faucet and a hand dryer, letting users dry their hands at the sink, rather than hiking over to a hand dryer and letting water drip all over the floor. Dyson thinks it ultimately "ought to be in everybody's house" as it's more hygienic than using and re-using hand towels. But with a price tag of £999, we won't be seeing one soon in the Infomaniac salle de bain. If you want to see how it works, click here for a video clip.

So how do you dry your hands in a public toilet facility?

Saturday, September 27, 2014


It's the weekend. Why not get together with old friends?...



Friday, September 26, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Perv of the Day

In a story that appears custom-made for Infomaniac, police apprehended a man on Saturday, wearing what appears to be lipstick and eye make-up...

His name? Calvin WANK.

Yes, you heard me. Wank ... the British slang term for masturbation.

Wank, age 56, of Deposit, New York, was arrested on the weekend for "touching himself" in a field and parking lot next to "Love's Travel Shop," a truck stop in the town of Kirkwood, about an hour south of Syracuse. He allegedly performed lewd acts, witnessed by several truck drivers.

The wanker has been charged with public lewdness and is scheduled to appear in court next month.

This incident appears to be unrelated to the Florida man arrested for masturbating while driving down Interstate 95, the California man arrested for masturbating while riding a bicycle, or the Florida woman arrested for masturbating on her motorcycle in her garage, with the door open.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Vintage Kitchen Accessory du Jour

When was the last time you saw one of these?...

Attach this kitchen wrap dispenser to the wall, and stock the designated compartments with a roll of aluminum foil, wax paper and paper towels. Then simply lift the lid and use the serrated edges, pictured below, to tear off a sheet, as needed...

A popular kitchen accessory back in the mid-20th century, one wonders why you don't see them these days. Wouldn't it be handier than rummaging through your drawers? (insert joke here.)

The dispenser above is available through Etsy for around $200, if you find you can't live without one. The ad (1950s?) below, shows  a Kromex "Triple Tier Towel Dispenser" (above the bread boxes) for $6.95....

Which reminds me.... when was the last time you saw a bread box?

And is that a CAKE tin?

Oops...distracted. Where were we?

The kitchen wrap dispensers were available in a range of colours...



This one has a compartment for Saran Wrap too...

Perhaps it was owned by Marabel Morgan, author of "The Total Woman," who proposed that women rekindle their marriages by greeting their husbands at the door dressed in nothing but Saran Wrap.

 So, when was the last time you saw one of these Foil Wrap/Wax Paper/Paper Towel Wall Dispensers?

And how do you store these items?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

It's Fall, Y'all

Today marks the first day of Autumn and our thoughts turn to the fall harvest..

But we're getting ahead of ourselves.

Let's take time to reflect on the spring and summer of 2014 and submit photographs of your gardens for the Fourth Annual Infomaniac Garden Photos Event.

I'll be announcing the deadline in an upcoming post. You've had since April to think about it so don't give me any of your sass.