Experiencing a Bidet in the UK?
You've heard of potty or bathroom humor? Well, I'm not a huge fan. But I have to make an exception. I apologize in advance to my UK audience. Or maybe we can just share the laugh.
My wife and I were having a discussion about the joys of using bathroom facilities during old age. I won't "gross you out" with that conversation. But during that, I mentioned the different approach used in the UK.
It's called a bidet, presumably from the French, though I tried looking it up under b'day, which is how it is uttered across the big pond. I had a good laugh when it said it was short for a birthday. I wonder how many candles that calls for?
So I asked my wife, WHY do the Brits use a bidet? I realize it can avoid certain problems to use it, but it just seems SO WEIRD. She said it was because of the shortage of paper.
My wife is an amazing person. How did she know that? Really? She's not a well-read person, and she'd be the first person to tell you she is not cosmopolitan! But she's always fooling me on these things. Amazing bits of obscure information always protrude out of her mouth.
I knew there was a shortage of trees in Ireland because the Brits chopped 'em all down for their use, which must mean they had a shortage, but that never translated in my mind to a shortage of toilet paper in the present!
Then I asked my wife, after they get sprayed by a bidet, what do they do to dry off if there is no tissue? She thinks, probably a cloth. So I asked what do they do with those cloths? I had this vision of a towel hanging next to the bidet, but who wants to share a towel used in such fashion with Billy Bob or Aunt Nellie? So she suggested individual cloths, which are then laundered. Do you know? And, hey!
Do you have such conversations in your household?
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