Tuesday, February 07, 2006

loo paper

I remember hearing once that Americans use loo paper by tearing off a long section and scrunching it up ready for use, whereas the Brits neatly fold the paper prior to application to the behind.

Can this be true? How would one verify this theory? Can this differing approach to loo paper be used as a measure of national psyche? Discuss.


Having conducted a straw poll in the office I have found that this indeed is true. Admittedly my sample population was rather small (3 Brits and a Canadian) but it had 100% success. The Canadian was a little bit sniffy about being lumped in with the Americans but I was having to make the best of the poor selection of people I had on offer. The results are as follows:

English: Fold
Scottish: Fold
Irish: Fold
Canadian: Scrunch


Blogger Chris said...

Apparantly this is true, and it is the reason that Charmin's paper is thicker in the UK than it is in the US. We fold, they scrunch.
I know this cause Tony at work told us this fact just last week, as he had seen it on the telly the previous night. No doubt he'll be along himself later to explain further.

1:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How interesting. Nothing worse than an unforseen puncture mid-wipe

2:24 PM  
Blogger Tony Ruscoe said...

What Chris says is true, although I didn't see it on TV, I read it in my SUAFS (Sheffield Association of Former Students) Notes and News magazine. The people who write articles for that have doctorates and masters degrees coming out of their ears, yet they choose to write about bog roll!!!

Ch-Ch-Ch---Charmin apparently had to reduce the absorbancy by half in the USA because it was causing their drains to block up. In the UK on the other hand, they had to increase the thickness of their paper in order to reduce "poke-through". (Americans don't have this problem because they scrunch.)

But everyone knows that, don't they?

2:41 PM  

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