We’ve had Harvest Festival, Hallowe’en, Guy Fawkes night, The Lord Mayor’s Show, Remembrance Sunday, so what’s next?
I saw my first outdoor, proper Christmas tree today in Leadenhall Market; Bond Street has decorations up on a White Peacock design; Marks and Spencer is selling ordinary groceries in Christmas themed packaging, so it seems like the Festive Season is upon us.
But hold on a moment. According to my diary, it’s World Toilet Day on Wednesday, not to be confused with National Toilet Paper Day which is a US celebration that occurs on 26th August.
Strangely, I could find no cards to mark World Toilet Day; there were precious few birthday cards for sale either. God help you if you are born in November or December, it’s glitter and Nativity scenes, perky robins and Ho Ho Hoing all round.
Nor am I quite clear what the etiquette is around gifts for World Toilet Day. Some eco-friendly cleaner perhaps, or maybe a snazzy brush like the one I have on das Boot. I’d actually like a new loo seat (white plastic would be fine), if anyone is offering.
There are some wonderful toilet facts and figures out there. Some that might make you smile include these:
- Toilets are in tune: most flush to E flat.
- You have a one in 10,000 chance of being injured in a toilet
- Psycho was the first film to show a toilet flushing. The scene caused complaints of indecency.
- King George ll died falling off a toilet on 25th October 1760.
There is of course a serious side to all this. Astonishingly, more people globally have access to mobile ‘phones than working toilets.
Every year some 60 million children are born into homes without adequate sanitation.
People, especially women and young girls forced to defecate in the open are vulnerable to attack and disease. Remember the shocking cases of rape in India earlier this year.
So on Wednesday, put the Christmas decs to one side, and join the United Nations, WaterAid and others around the world in saying thank-you to your toilet.
You can visit the official site by clicking here.