Lisette Goaxas, a resident of the settlement of Fransfontien in Namibia has been speaking to New Era to complain about the state of the village’s toilets. The villagers use bucket toilets, which are apparently infested with worms, as the contractor does not empty them often enough. She also claims that the contractor empties the toilets at meal times, rather than early in the morning. Local residents are frustrated, as they believe that no new toilets will be built for years, as changes don’t happen after elections, but during campaigns.
A 54-year-old cleaner in a Chinese music school watched a group of elderly women performing a vigorous dance routine to Michael Jackson. He was inspired to follow suit and so he started practising in the men’s toilets that he cleaned every day. The video of him performing his routine in the gents’ has, according to GB Times, made him into an internet star.
And finally, controversy for Tesco, as angry customers claim that they’re saving money on their own-brand Luxury Soft White Toilet Paper, be making the cardboard inserts and thus, providing less paper on each roll. The Metro reports that Tesco deny these claims and say that the weight of each toilet roll is unchanged and the controversy has been caused by “deceptive packaging”. Decide for yourself!
An old pack of toilet roll (left) compared with the newer rolls (right) – pic from The Metro, credited to SWNS
We end with a truly terrifying story (for me at least). Slate ran this report in the wake of two snakes found in different Australian toilets in September. The report starts with the a man in Israel who was bitten on his penis by a snake that emerged from the toilet he was sitting on. Luckily, his injuries were minor. As well as snakes, the story covers the many occurrences of rats appearing from toilets, and even biting people on the bum while they were sitting on the toilet. Rats coming up from the sewers through toilets are common enough in one area of Seattle that the local government has issued guidance on what to do when you see a rat coming up from your toilet. I’m clenching up at the very thought. There’s even a story of a squirrel being rescued from a toilet. Writing this blog is affecting me in ways I didn’t think possible.