WORLD TINKLE PANTRY DAY! -- Or, how to celebrate wonders of water-closets--
Copyright Theolonius McTavish 2004. All rights reserved.
November 19th is a very auspicious occasion. It's none other than "International Tinkle Pantry Day".
For those of you who are unfamiliar with little known term "tinkle pantry", it is focal point and modest appliance found in most "water closets", "places of ease" or "comfort stations".
North Americans probably know tinkle pantry by way of more familiar terms such as "powder room" and "restroom", or ever-popular family "throne room".
Few realize that average person visits toilet 2,500 times per year, or 6-8 times per day, which all adds up to about 3 years of one's life. Considering fact that this humble private and sometimes public privy is most frequently visited room in any home or workplace, precious little has been done to recognize it's vital role in society.
If truth be told, tinkle pantry is a subject most avoid so as not to be considered a scruffy scatalogical storyteller. Considered a taboo dinner table topic, it is shunned by everyone except toddlers and parents who rejoice at this first step into adulthood by passing "Toilet Training 101" with flying colours.
It is rare indeed to see a politician of any stripe spend much time waxing on about virtues of toilets. Precious few communities or even corporations consider celebrating with parades, marching bands, or even an official holiday, invention of toilet (several thousand years ago in ancient China and modernized by a British plumber named T.J. Crapper more than a century ago).