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  • People are fighting over it in grocery stores

  • all over North America.

  • Some are selling it to make a huge profit.

  • No, this isn't the scene of some

  • crazy shopping sale.

  • Instead, it's people buying toilet paper.

  • Seriously?

  • You guys are fighting over this?

  • Due to this mass consumption,

  • what if we ran out of toilet paper?

  • It's pretty easy to overlook

  • how much you might use toilet paper.

  • But people sure use a lot of it.

  • It's a $30 billion industry.

  • And 15 million trees are cut down each year

  • to make it.

  • It's no secret that

  • this stuff is everywhere.

  • So what would happen if we

  • suddenly got rid of it?

  • The most difficult part of this scenario

  • would probably be how certain people adapt

  • to not having toilet paper.

  • Approximately 4 billion people on Earth

  • wouldn't even notice.

  • That's because

  • nearly half of the world

  • doesn't use toilet paper at all.

  • After they're done doing their business,

  • they might clean themselves in a number of ways:

  • by using bidets,

  • washcloths,

  • or water and a bucket.

  • So we can rest easy,

  • knowing that a massive part of humanity

  • will be able to carry on with how they do number two.

  • The real problem would come

  • from how people in North America adapt.

  • They've had toilet paper since the 1800s.

  • And bidets

  • or other methods of wiping themselves

  • are largely foreign to them.

  • It's unlikely that they would have access to,

  • or adapt to these new methods overnight.

  • So naturally, they're probably going to use

  • whatever form of paper they might have.

  • Paper towels and tissue paper

  • would be the first option.

  • But once that runs out,

  • they'd probably start using magazines,

  • books, newspapers,

  • and whatever other forms of paper they might have.

  • And if they run out of all that,

  • they might gravitate towards

  • dishcloths and clothing items.

  • Obviously, magazines aren't meant for wiping your butt.

  • So if you wipe yourself with them,

  • there is a chance that you could cut yourself.

  • Y'know how much a paper cut stings?

  • Yeah, now imagine that on your butt.

  • Not very nice.

  • Not only would it be

  • unpleasant to sit down,

  • but these cuts could also lead to infections.

  • A single gram of feces

  • can contain 10 million viruses,

  • 1 million bacteria,

  • and a whole other mess of things you don't want

  • lurking on your skin.

  • And if fecal matter happens to get into a

  • cut on your butt,

  • it could lead to some severe infections.

  • So if these were the only methods you used

  • to clean yourself,

  • things could get pretty ugly.

  • But your body wouldn't be the only

  • thing you'd have to worry about.

  • Flushing all these foreign objects down a toilet

  • would be terrible for the sewage system.

  • The reason we use toilet paper is that it

  • dissolves quickly.

  • Things like paper towels

  • and pages from your magazines

  • will hold their shape and will take much longer to dissolve.

  • They'll cause clogged pipes

  • and overflowing sewage systems.

  • Not only that, but these things called fatbergs will also start to pop up.

  • They're a congealed mass that's formed

  • from non-biodegradable solids.

  • If we stop using toilet paper

  • and don't adapt quickly,

  • you could expect lots of fatbergs to start taking over our sewers.

  • But if we did manage to adapt,

  • not having toilet paper could be a great thing.

  • Millions of trees are cut down to make toilet paper every year.

  • No toilet paper production

  • would mean our forests would

  • flourish more than ever before.

  • And not having toilet paper

  • really shouldn't be the end of the world.

  • Even having a toilet is something we should be grateful for.

  • Over 2 billion people

  • don't even have access to proper toilets.

  • So while we're overly concerned about how we're wiping our butts,

  • we should remember that some people don't have

  • toilets at all.

  • This, combined with being unable to clean themselves,

  • leads to disease and death.

  • So instead of panic buying all this toilet paper,

  • know that there are other alternatives,

  • and try your best to keep things in perspective.

  • Not having toilet paper definitely wouldn't be the end of the world.

  • But y'know what might be?

  • Flushing every toilet at the same time.

  • We'll leave that story for another WHAT IF.

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What If We Ran Out of Toilet Paper?

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/04/04
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