Toilet Paper and Plumbing Fun Facts

According to private equity firm Valesco Industries, August 26 is National Toilet Paper Day and toilet paper originated in China in 580 but wasn’t commercially available in the US until 1857.  Prior to 1935, toilet paper sometime had splinters in it.  For decades the debate has been about whether the roll of toilet paper should unfold over the top of the roll, or under it.  To this day, many people still (mostly) humorously argue their case for over or under.  It’s a proven fact that toilet paper unrolled over the roll is more sanitary.  Those in favor of under the roll, argue those who do so are more intelligent.  There are many other arguments for each direction.

Also according to the gents on the buy side, the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for plumbers.  Black Friday isn’t just big business for retailers: plumbers and drain cleaners get in on the action, too.  According to Roto-Rooter, the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for those who keep water flowing and going in homes and businesses.  In related news, they also recommend not pouring cooking oil down your drain.

Happy December!  Christmas is nearly here.  Now here’s a vintage photo of Santa along with some strange ice that I found from the brick wall.  On the ice, given the mortar is more inset than the bricks, and per the pattern on the ice, I’m guessing the mortar is less insulated?  Otherwise, how did it form like this?

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