# Unusual Questions

1. May 14, 2008

### Danger

Since a few somewhat strange things cross my mind occassionaly (are you surprised?), I figured to see if I'm alone in that. So, do any of you get that 'what if?' question that isn't easily answered?
To start off, what prompted this thread was a sudden curiosity (under circumstances that I don't care to divulge) as to whether a hermaphrodite leaves the seat up or down.

2. May 14, 2008

### Staff: Mentor

Down. Don't ask me how I know that.

Q2: Why is there a safety seal on plastic Catsup bottles, but not on glass Catsup bottles?

3. May 14, 2008

### Danger

:uhh:

4. May 14, 2008

### turbo

Interesting question, since anybody with access to a syringe could adulterate the catsup in a plastic bottle but not a glass bottle. At least not without popping the tell-tale in the metal lid.

5. May 14, 2008

### Staff: Mentor

Oh, that's why. Plastic bottles aren't vacuum sealed, so have no tell-tale dimple in the lid. Thanks! Learn something new here on the PF every dang day.

6. May 14, 2008

### Danger

That might be the rationale behind not needing a seal on them, but how many people actually know about that or even pay attention to the condition of the lid? I didn't know about it until now, but I don't buy ketchup and I don't even know if they use that kind of lids up here.
Jeez, but I miss the good old days when you could just unscrew the cap and throw in some potassium cyanide. :grumpy:

7. May 14, 2008

### lisab

Staff Emeritus
I've always wondered if a hermaphrodite can impregnate his/herself.

8. May 14, 2008

### Jimmy Snyder

I'm sure all the married men will agree with me that the quintessential unanswerable question is "Where is the butter?" My wife has put five or six loaded butter dishes on each shelf of our fridge in an effort to help me figure this one out. It didn't work. There's a place on the inside of the door for butter. It should be there.

9. May 14, 2008

### Staff: Mentor

Artificially, but not naturally.

10. May 14, 2008

### NoTime

And for the unmarried/divorced men "What was that?" :yuck:

My question is why did they not define a "sheet" when they started unit pricing paper products.
And why haven't they fixed this?
I figure a sheet of TP will be down to the size of a postage stamp in 10 years.
Already it's down to 3.7 x 4 or so from the original 4.5 x 4.5.

11. May 14, 2008

### Danger

And you can't help noticing that the core gets bigger every year, resulting in fewer wraps to get the same overall diameter.

12. May 14, 2008

### turbo

Not only that, they advertise "even softer" when all they have done is to increase the angle on the creping blade to loft the sheet. This increases the bulk of the sheet so that you get fewer sheets/roll. The manufacturers can make more rolls of toilet tissue and more boxes of facial tissues using the same amount of raw materials. A prime example of this is Charmin - you have to buy a whole 4-pack of 250-sheet rolls to get as many sheets as you get in one traditional Scott tissue roll. I used to run a paper machine for Scott's S.D Warren division and later served as a technical/service consultant to other mills, often with tissue machines. There are a lot of tricks in the pulp and paper industry - especially in the consumer products divisions.

13. May 14, 2008

### chemisttree

And why don't they have instructions on the back of the TP that show how it is supposed to be displayed?

14. May 14, 2008

### BobG

And why don't they have instructions on use? From an earlier thread in GD, it's obvious a lot of people don't know how to fold toilet paper and generally use way too much.

As far as the condition of the lid on a glass bottle or jar, how could people not know? A vacuum sealed bottle gives such a satisfying 'pop' feel when you open them.

15. May 14, 2008

### NoTime

I suspect that no matter how well matted and framed, you have a good chance of getting your house declared a hazardous waste site.

16. May 14, 2008

### BobG

I disagree. Anne Taintor Air Fresheners - available in "Local Tavern Scent".

The "Lemon Gelatin" air freshener isn't bad either - at least it has attitude.

17. May 14, 2008

### Danger

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

As mentioned in that thread, I neither fold nor scrunch. A roll lasts me at least 2 weeks, whereas W burns through at least 3 rolls per week. Luckily, we have our own separate bathrooms, but she still occassionally snipes a roll from me.

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18. May 14, 2008

### Moonbear

Staff Emeritus
I usually compare the number of sheets when figuring out which one is the best price (yes, I do seem to spend a long time in the toilet paper aisle when shopping, because I'm trying to do all the math). The best one I noticed was just yesterday. I looked at several packages of 2-ply, and they'd say something like 314 2-ply sheets (I'm sure they pick those numbers just to slow down my math), and then I got to one that was still 2-ply, and on the package said 250 single-ply sheets. :rofl: Okay, so each roll really only has 125 sheets on it...yep, that's why it was about half the price of the others. But, yeah, they sure had fluffed it up nicely to make those rolls look about the same size as the other brands.

The other one that was interesting was packets of salad dressing mix. Same brand, same size packets, but one was sold in a package of two with a free cruet, and the other was sold in a box of 4 packets. On the grocery store shelf, the two packet was listed as price per unit (a unit being a packet) and the four packet one listed as price per ounce! As each packet was less than an ounce, if you only glanced quickly at the unit price, you'd think the 2 packet one was the better price (it was if you needed a cruet, but not if you just needed the mix). Fortunately, I'm a lot faster at dividing $3 by 4 than I am at dividing$7.59 by 314, so didn't have to spend nearly as much time staring at salad dressing packets as I did the toilet paper to decide whether to buy one box of 4 or two boxes of 2.

Not unusual questions, but just things I notice. Of course, now I'm wondering where I'm supposed to be putting the butter other than in the little shelf with the door on it that's for the butter?

19. May 14, 2008

### Danger

The butter thing sort of weirds me out. We use margarine in a tub, which is pretty hard to miss.

20. May 14, 2008

### NeoDevin

Moonbear, you should just bring your calculator with you when shopping. Also, make sure and check that each roll of toilet paper has the same size sheets, perhaps price per unit area would be better than price per sheet?