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Not All Plungers Are Made for Toilets – Better Check Your Bathroom…

Are you using the same plunger in your sink as you do in your toilet?

Then you’re totally doing it wrong:

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Most people think of the cup or sink plunger when they think of a plunger at all.

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It’s great for flat surfaces – like most kitchen sinks – where it can easily form a seal to push and pull air and water, hopefully unclogging the pipe.

Here’s a video tutorial if you happen to have a clogged sink or want to bank this simple skill for later:

I’ve also used them to pull out simple dents on cars, but…

BONUS!!!!

You can also use the cup plunger to unlock a car door:

Enough about the cup plunger.

Let’s move to the toilet. That’s the thing that probably…

The Battle of the Golden Toilets

An Artfinksters toilet on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
An Artfinksters toilet on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

On Donald Trump’s 100th day in office, gold toilets with the message “Take a Trump!” started appearing across the country. Some of the first graced Muncie, Indiana. Soon after there were at least 15: four in Indiana, five in Austin, one in D.C., one in Portland, one in Miami, two in Las Vegas, and, as of May 6, one in Los Angeles—perched next to Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

“There are still many more to come,” says the organizer of the Artfinksters, the collective that’s claimed responsibility for the golden toilets. “Where they’re gonna be … we’ll keep that a secret.”

The Artfinksters have other secrets, too. The organizer, a man from the Midwest who wants to be known only as “Art,” describes the group as 50 or 60 of his friends, spread across the country, from elementary school, high school, art school, and the art world. Everyone in the group is anonymous because “our identities don’t matter,” he says. “It’s the message and what we’re trying to say that’s key.”

An Artfinksters toilet in Austin, Texas.
An Artfinksters toilet in Austin, Texas.

What is the message? With a toilet, Art says, “you don’t really have to say much. There’s a lot of meaning to a toilet. They’re kind of gross. They don’t represent cleanliness.”

A series of golden toilets is such a simple and clear message that this is not the first time that the symbol has been used to comment on the rise of Trumpism. The Artfinksters are actually the second anonymous art collective in the United States to send golden toilets onto the streets in the past several months—and the first group isn’t exactly thrilled with the Artfinksters’ work.

A Birch Reincliff toilet with
A Birch Reincliff toilet with “Donnie the Poo” inside.

Back in October, before Trump was elected, the Birch Reincliff Art Collective launched its own golden toilet street art project in Chicago, where the group is based. This collective was formed by a group of longtime friends, about 20 at its height, who had been working together for about two years. Birch Reincliff is a friend, one member said in a phone interview, and is also the name they use to refer to each other when talking to the media. “There was a Birch Reincliff, but right now he’s on vacation, so he’s not part of things at the moment,” the anonymous member said. (The group told The Daily Beast that Birch was a friend who “had become disenchanted with society when, roughly a year ago, he had an outburst one night when they were together … as weeks went by it seemed more likely he’d had an extreme mental breakdown.”)

The Birch Reincliff Art Collective’s toilet project took months to put together. “It was…

Having a Hard Time In The Toilet? No Worries These 10 Food Can Help You With It!

It’s that uneasy feeling you have to deal with at one point or another. The struggle of having bouts of irregular bowel movement or loose stools can be stressful.

However, common it happens to you or others, we have to admit that a band-aid solution seems right every moment. Have you been advised to take power drinks containing electrolytes to prevent dehydration, or maybe you immediately picked one of those ripe bananas on the table when the problem started to kick in?

Well then, whether constipation or diarrhea is becoming ever-present or not, it’s time to check on your diet, seriously. In most cases, consciously improving on your fiber intake is key to a healthy digestive system. In fact, the American Dietetic Association advises that the daily diet of women between 19 to 50, should have 25 grams of fiber while men in this age bracket must consume 38 grams.

What Does Fiber Do to My Body?

Both soluble and insoluble fiber helps in normalizing our stools and prevents the gastrointestinal tract’s movement from immobility. Unlike fats, carbohydrates, and proteins, fiber is not digested in our bodies. It remains whole while passing through our stomach, small intestine, and the colon. It is insoluble fiber that makes the stool bulky to go through usually, to prevent constipation, while soluble fiber absorbs the excess water to prevent diarrhea or loose stools.

But that’s not all there is in fiber. It can lower the levels of cholesterol, aids diabetes patients from blood sugar spikes, and keeps you feeling full for a longer time with relatively lower calories.

Top 10 Foods Rich in Fiber

Let’s stick to all natural. Ultimately, this would make your bowel movement issues go down the flush. Here are the high-fiber foods that make you poop:

An apple a day, keeps the doctor away, as repeatedly said. A medium-sized apple contains 4.4 grams of fiber too.

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Stop Running To The Toilet! Eat These 10 Foods That Help with Diarrhea.

Diarrhea is not only annoying, it can also be an embarrassing health issue. People of all ages suffer from bouts of diarrhea at some point. More often than not, we experience it with certain stomach bugs or as a result of an allergy. However, as we grow older we suddenly find ourselves having it more often due to our diet. Today, I want to share with you the top ten foods you can eat to help combat the effects of diarrhea and begin to build a healthier diet so that you can avoid it all together.

10 Foods That Help with Diarrhea.

Bananas

When we experience diarrhea, many people make the mistake of trying to eat more high fiber. The reality is you need low fiber to firm up the stool. Additionally it helps to add extra potassium to replace the nutrients that are lost. Bananas are both low fiber and high in potassium!

White rice is often labelled as not the healthiest option, but in this case it’s the perfect thing to eat. It’s low fiber, firms up stool, and is bland for the intestinal system.

Applesauce

Applesauce is mild and easy to digest. The pectins help bind stool and the natural sugars give you much needed energy when the body is run down and dehydrated from loss of too much water.

Plain Toast

The key thing to note here is that the toast has nothing on it. It may not sounds appealing but it does help bind and provides carbohydrates to give you energy.

Probiotic Yogurt

If you are on an antibiotic, and need some extra flavor, look to the probiotic yogurts. Antibiotics are taking out the bacteria in your gut, including whatever…

Mr. Toilet

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Sim Jae-duck is probably the only person in history who was born in a toilet, lived in a toilet, and died in one, too. Here’s his fascinating story.

HELLO, WORLD

In 1996, FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, awarded the 2002 World Cup to co-hosts South Korea and Japan. It had taken decades for South Korea to rebuild after the Korean War (1950–53), and the country had only recently emerged from nearly 40 years of brutal dictatorship. Not many people thought of it as a tourist destination, and hosting the World Cup offered a chance for South Korea to present a new face.

One man who was determined to make the most of the opportunity was Sim Jae-duck, the mayor of Suwon, a city about 20 miles south of Seoul and home to one of the stadiums where the games would be played. Sim thought one of the best ways for outsiders to get to know South Korea would be to live in the homes of its citizens, so he recruited more than 4,000 local families to offer free room and board to visitors during the games. To manage the large crowds that would descend upon the city, he recruited a force of 3,000 security guards and gave them special training on how to deal with the foreign guests. Most famously, he launched a multimillion-dollar campaign to upgrade the city’s public restrooms, a program that earned him the nickname “Mr. Toilet.”

FIRST CLASS

Suwon had more than 700 public restrooms scattered around the city, some operated by the city and others provided by private businesses. Mr. Toilet upgraded them all, providing fresh coats of paint, installing artwork, replacing old fixtures with new ones, and piping in soothing music and perfume-scented air. (He also switched traditional squat toilets to sit-down toilets that Westerners were more used to.) Sim also built more than 30 brand-new restrooms and spent so much money on their design and construction—the restrooms closest to the stadium, for example, were shaped like soccer balls—that 26 of the facilities were designated as tourist attractions in their own right.

THE NATURAL

Mr. Toilet may have literally been born for the job. South Korean toilet humor is as bawdy as it is anyplace else in the world (which might explain Korean proverbs like “Toilets are like mothers-in-law: the farther away the better”). But tradition also has it that bathrooms are lucky places. Sim’s grandmother was so sure that anyone born in a bathroom was destined to live a long life that she convinced Sim’s mother to give birth in hers. Sim’s mom went through her labor just outside grandma’s bathroom, and when the moment of truth arrived, she stepped inside just long enough for the future Mr. Toilet to pop out.

REALIZING HIS POT-ENTIAL

Improving Suwon’s restrooms proved so rewarding that Sim decided to expand his efforts. In 1999, he created the Korean Toilet Association to push his modernization drive nationwide. Later, he joined the World Toilet Organization, a group dedicated to improving public access to bathrooms around the globe. Then, when Sim concluded that the WTO wasn’t effective enough, he broke away to form his own World Toilet Association in 2006.

As Mr. Toilet campaigned for better bathrooms, he came to believe that some of the taboos associated with toilets were barriers to the improvements he was trying to achieve. That’s why,…

How Often You Should Do 12 Household Chores

Ah, spring cleaning: the most daunting of seasonal rituals. Scouring the bathroom tiles and organizing your closet may be a drag, but if you stay on top of your weekly and monthly chores, keeping your home fresh and tidy will be a much more manageable feat. Here’s how often you should tackle 12 household tasks.

1. CLEAN YOUR MICROWAVE // WEEKLY

Many people think the heat in the microwave will kill all the germs and bacteria in the food you’re heating, but this isn’t the case, says Mitrovic, founder of the cleaning service Uber Clean House in Melbourne, Australia. “It’s important to properly clean your microwave at least once a week,” Mitrovic recommends. Do this by microwaving a large cup of water, vinegar, and a chopped-up lemon until the solution boils and steams the window.

2. CLEAN YOUR KITCHEN RANGE HOOD // DAILY

You should wipe down the hood as part of your daily kitchen routine, says Harriet Jones, cleaning supervisor with Go Cleaners London. “However, you can clean the filter monthly—the more frequently you clean the filter, the easier it will be,” Jones says.

3. CHANGE YOUR SHEETS // WEEKLY

Sweat, dust mites, and dirt accumulate very quickly, especially since you’re typically lying on those sheets for eight hours every night, says Becky Rapinchuk, author of Simply Clean and blogger at CleanMama.net. The sheets should be washed using hot water (130 to 150°F) and a hot dryer cycle to kill the germs.

4. INSPECT YOUR DRYER VENTS // ANNUALLY

It’s important to inspect and clean the vents—and replace them if necessary—because they accumulate lint that is highly flammable and can cause a fire, Jones says. Depending on the number of people in your family and the dryer’s use, you may need to do this more frequently than once per year.

5. WASH YOUR PILLOWS // EVERY SEASON

Your pillowcases put a barrier between you and your pillows, but they still collect sweat, saliva, and other body fluids, says Nic Croughan, interiors expert…

4 Steps to Take if You Clog a Public Toilet

It’s a complete nightmare situation: You’re in a public bathroom (it could be at work, a restaurant, or the movie theater), you try to flush the toilet, and nothing happens. You try again: still nothing. You try a third time, and hold your breath and cross your fingers and start to pray while you watch and wait, but it just won’t go down.

If you were at home, it would be NBD—you could just grab a plunger and get to unclogging, and wouldn’t have to worry about completely embarrassing yourself in front of coworkers or complete strangers. But if you’re out and about, and someone is knocking on the door behind you, things aren’t so easy. So what are you supposed to do if you clog a public toilet?

First of all: Don’t panic. The situation may seem hopeless, but you do have options … You just may need to get creative. Here’s exactly what you can do to unclog a toilet in an emergency, other than going back in time and choosing a different stall.

1. TURN OFF THE WATER.

The only thing worse than a clogged toilet is a clogged, overflowing toilet (which may possibly be the worst thing in the world). To make sure that doesn’t happen, reach behind the toilet bowl and twist the silver metal knob to the “off” position, which will keep more water from flowing into the bowl.

2. SEE IF THERE ARE ANY PRODUCTS HANDY.

Depending on where you are, there may be toilet bowl cleaner, or even a plunger, hidden in a cabinet or underneath…

It Was Once Someone’s Job to Chat With the King While He Used the Toilet

King William III and his mid-17th century
King William III and his mid-17th century “close stool,” which is on display at Hampton Court. Photo by Lobsterthermidor; Portrait of William III by unknown artist/Public Domain

In the 1500s, the King of England’s toilet was luxurious: a velvet-cushioned, portable seat called a close-stool, below which sat a pewter chamber pot enclosed in a wooden box. Even the king had one duty that needed attending to every day, of course, but you can bet he wasn’t going to do it on his own. From the 1500s into the 1700s, British kings appointed lucky nobles the strangely prestigious chance to perform the king’s most private task of the day, as the Groom of the Stool.

This is not the glamorous job you normally would imagine in a palace, but being Groom of the Stool—named for the close stool, the king’s 16th-century toilet—was actually a highly coveted position in the royal house. Every day, as the king sat on his padded, velvet-covered close stool, he revealed secrets. He asked for counsel, and could even hear of the personal and political woes of his personal groom, and offer to help.

Believed to be a portrait of Sir Anthony Denny, Groom of the Stool to Henry VIII.
Believed to be a portrait of Sir Anthony Denny, Groom of the Stool to Henry VIII. Artist unknown (in the collection of Tudorplace)

The job likely began as a rather less prestigious position. In The Private Lives of the Tudors, Tracy Borman quoted the earliest mentions of the job: a written order from 1497 for Hugh Denys, “our Groom of the Stool,” which included “black velvet and fringed with silk, two pewter basins and four broad yards of tawny cloth” for him to construct a close stool. Borman also points to instructions from 1452 in the Book of Nurture for “The office off a chamburlayne,” which included a little rhyme to help new grooms to the task:

See the privy-house for easement be fair, sweet, and clean;
And that the boards thereupon be covered with cloth fair in green;
And the hole himself, look there no board be seen;
Thereon a fair cushion, the ordure no man to vex.
Look there be blanket, cotton, or linen to wipe the nether end,
And ever he calls, wait ready and prompt,
Basin and ewer, and on your shoulder a towel.

During the reign of Henry VIII in the 1500s, the king’s closest men of court were given the title, often as a group. Prestigious gentry and noblemen hung out with the monarch in his privy room, acting as his personal secretaries with his undivided attention while he sat on his close stool. Later kings, including Henry VIII,…