by Tyler Cowen
on July 29, 2012 at 12:19 pm
1. The culture that is Japan.
2. Chongqing video for Karl Marx.
3. A short history of toilet paper, and there is no great stagnation.
4. What are the rates of tax evasion on various Greek islands?
5. You have to start a company to graduate.
When I was a child, there was an arcade down at the beach that had giant mechanical figures who would do their thing for a nickel in the slot. The Japanese fembots are exactly that – old-fashioned turn-of-the-century penny arcade figures. The more things change, etc…..
1: this truly is the darkest timeline.
In what way is the Chongqing video for Karl Marx?
“Accompanied by Mr. Moneybags and by the possessor of labour-power, we therefore take leave for a time of this noisy sphere, where everything takes place on the surface and in view of all men, and follow them both into the hidden abode of production, on whose threshold there stares us in the face “No admittance except on business.” Here we shall see, not only how capital produces, but how capital is produced. We shall at last force the secret of profit making.”
As a very happy recent recipient of a bidet attachment on my toilet, I find it ironic that someone would consider it useful to have a hands free toilet paper dispenser, so that they could cleanly retrieve the paper before holding it while scrubbing their feces stained bottom their hand.
3. Seinfeld did this bit in 1995
George: We discussed toilet paper.
Jerry: Toilet paper?
George: Yeah, I told her how toilet paper hasn’t changed in my lifetime, and
probably wouldn’t change in the next fifty thousand years and she was
Jerry: What are you talking about?
Jerry: Toilet paper’s changed.
Jerry: It’s softer.
Jerry: More sheets per roll
Jerry: Comes in a wide variety of colors.
George: Ok, ok, fine! It’s changed, it’s not really the point.
If the standard toilet paper dispensing sizes are 60cm, 90cm, 120cm, I use a lot less TP per wipe than most people! What do you do with 120cm, wrap it repeatedly around your whole hand? Fold it in half 4 times (we are at 32 ply here)? Crumple it into a baseball-sized wad?
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