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    Why Toilet Paper?

    I had a clue why this weird phenomenon occurs, but I read a couple articles that brought what I think is a full picture to light.

    1. In times of crisis all humans seek to insure access to what they perceive to be vital resources, with a focus on scarce resources.

    2. Most don't think rationally about the alternatives to TP.

    3. TP is a volume product, so it only take a few people to buy an extra pack to make the TP aisle "look empty." The reasons for a few people to buy an extra pack can be valid or a result of normal crisis hoarding.

    4. And once it looks empty, other shoppers perceive TP to be scarce, and increase its perceived value. Thus increasing purchases, and making it appear to be even scarcer for the next shoppers... so it spirals out to other stores and so forth.

    5. TP supply chain is very lean as actual TP demand is incredibly stable. There is no excess production capacity, as there is no real increase in demand, and having excess supply cuts into profit.

    6. So the shelves don't get restocked as quickly as other grocery products. Just think produce, that is grown seasonally and stored, so when there is a temporary increase in demand they simply let out more supply from storage just sitting there.

    But it sure has led to a lot of funny memes...

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    David, you have missed so much.

    TP is a very versatile product. Besides the designed use for it you can;
    use it to blow your nose,
    rolls over 50% make a reasonable pillow,
    in cold weather you can wrap it around you to keep you warm,
    the wife uses it for the "honey do" list,
    If you get the virus and feel you will die you can writ e your lat will and testimony on it,
    When the utilities go out it is easy to start a fire with,
    you can wrap it around your nose and mouth for a make shift mask,
    it will wipe up spills,
    put it in a funnel to filter liquids,
    you can put several layers on a toilet seat to isolate our butt from germs,
    putting it on a wound will help stop the bleeding,

    I'm sure I am missing a few but you get the idea.

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    Its also fun for the whole family

    Take 1 handful of TP , add enough water to make soaking wet , make a ball , now hurl it towards a wall

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    You can use it to clean up caulk when you are working in or near the bathroom.

    Black pepper is better to stop bleeding though.

    PHM
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    Quote Originally Posted by BNME8EZ View Post
    David, you have missed so much.

    TP is a very versatile product. Besides the designed use for it you can;
    use it to blow your nose,
    rolls over 50% make a reasonable pillow,
    in cold weather you can wrap it around you to keep you warm,
    the wife uses it for the "honey do" list,
    If you get the virus and feel you will die you can writ e your lat will and testimony on it,
    When the utilities go out it is easy to start a fire with,
    you can wrap it around your nose and mouth for a make shift mask,
    it will wipe up spills,
    put it in a funnel to filter liquids,
    you can put several layers on a toilet seat to isolate our butt from germs,
    putting it on a wound will help stop the bleeding,

    I'm sure I am missing a few but you get the idea.
    PHM
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    The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.

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    How about TPing that pesky neighbors house ?

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    TP is too easy to clean up.

    Next time try a water balloon filled with motor oil tossed onto their shingle roof.

    Or a milk/chicken bomb if you have access to their house or garage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VTP99 View Post
    How about TPing that pesky neighbors house ?
    PHM
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    The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poodle Head Mikey View Post
    TP is too easy to clean up.

    Next time try a water balloon filled with motor oil tossed onto their shingle roof.

    Or a milk/chicken bomb if you have access to their house or garage.

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    milk chicken bomb, I had to google that PHM. Dastardly
    Sent from the van with the a/c on.

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    I see ARP is actually full of a bunch of middle school pranksters...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poodle Head Mikey View Post
    TP is too easy to clean up.

    Next time try a water balloon filled with motor oil tossed onto their shingle roof.

    Or a milk/chicken bomb if you have access to their house or garage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Turtleman View Post
    milk chicken bomb, I had to google that PHM. Dastardly

    Never heard of that before. Thanks guys, got my morning chuckle!
    I do a triple evac with nitro to remove non condensables.

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    Damn.
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    There's sumpthin going on with that milk. Here's a funny story a former employer told me.

    There used to be a lot of cherry orchards around where I live. When my former boss dude was a child, one of his buddies dared him to eat a whole bunch of cherries, then drink a glass of milk. My boss dude figured, yeah, no problem.

    Apparently you only do that once. Because a short time after drinking the milk, you begin puking your guts out.
    I do a triple evac with nitro to remove non condensables.

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    The hording of toilet paper is the best example of stupidity I know of. If you look on line there are 150 toilet paper manufacturing plants in the US. The only reason for the shortage is hording.
    No man can be both ignorant and free.
    Thomas Jefferson

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    And there's my Halloween costume for when that time rolls around again. I'll be the mummy from the stinky lagoon.


    Quote Originally Posted by BNME8EZ View Post
    David, you have missed so much.

    TP is a very versatile product. Besides the designed use for it you can;
    use it to blow your nose,
    rolls over 50% make a reasonable pillow,
    in cold weather you can wrap it around you to keep you warm,
    the wife uses it for the "honey do" list,
    If you get the virus and feel you will die you can writ e your lat will and testimony on it,
    When the utilities go out it is easy to start a fire with,
    you can wrap it around your nose and mouth for a make shift mask,
    it will wipe up spills,
    put it in a funnel to filter liquids,
    you can put several layers on a toilet seat to isolate our butt from germs,
    putting it on a wound will help stop the bleeding,

    I'm sure I am missing a few but you get the idea.
    I do a triple evac with nitro to remove non condensables.

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