Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Ridiculous Hypotheticals: Toilet vs. TP

And now, The Couchwarmers are happy to present to you an idea more than two weeks in the making. An idea with a lot of potential to be a recurring thing, we hope. But it's also an idea that requires audience participation, so we'll consider this a test run. If this one works, then we'll keep going with it. If not, then we'll ditch the idea. No pressure or anything.

A few weeks ago, we matched up the toilet and toilet paper in the first round of our invention bracket. For those of you who are new to the Couchwarmers, the premise was simple: we gave you two inventions, and you picked the one you considered more essential -- that is, if you were forced to choose between using only one of the two for the rest of your life, which would it be? Therefore, in this matchup, we were specifically asking whether you would rather go the rest of your life without the use of toilets and the plumbing that goes with them, or being able to wipe with toilet paper or any similar product.

In the end, toilet ended up defeating toilet paper 58% to 42%. But what surprised us the most was that we kept hearing from people about this matchup even after it ended. People who voted for toilets were adamant that their choice was the better one, while those who voted for toilet paper were just as steadfast.

So here's where you come in. It's up to you to email us, letting us know your preference and the best argument you've got for your choice. Basically, this is your chance to convince the other side that they're wrong. We'll take the best arguments from each side, post them, and then let you guys vote to determine the winner of this ridiculous hypothetical.

If nothing else, the most frequent compliment we've gotten here is that our blog is a good time-killer. So if you're sitting bored at your desk or in class, take a few minutes and help us settle this thing once and for all.


  1. Billions of people wipe with their (left) hands, maybe aided by a jug of water or a hosepipe. I'll take that over digging a hole any day.


    Wait... would a bidet be cheating?

  2. Unless it's a bidet that spits out toilet paper, it's fair game.