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Dear friends and family,

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I have found the perfect gift for each and every one of you!

(No wrapping required)

From a ladder

It hurts to raise my arms.

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I painted my bathroom today, then recaulked my tub.

Even typing hurts.

Home improvement begats very short blogs.

The view from above

File this one under TMI-Interesting.

Crouching down is good for your health…well, in certain situations.

This baseball catcher’s low stance may not improve his health in the long run. You could argue it might eventually hurt his knees or back.

And this throwing arm? Don’t get me started.

But people can realize health benefits from assuming a squatted position…

In the bathroom.

I know, I know — but hang with me.  This is pretty fascinating stuff.

A 2003 study found that people who did not sit down on the toilet to do their business — but instead crouched above —  were able to do the aforementioned  business faster, more thoroughly and at less risk of hurting themselves due to excessive strain.  Turns out the squatted stance gives you the best angle for — well, business — compared to being seated or standing up.

Ya gotta admit — that’s pretty amazing…and might come in handy some day.   Of course, we ladies have been practicing this stance for years in public restrooms…

Time to bring it home!

Roll over

Do you care about your children’s future?  Then wrap your mind around this one:

The toilet paper tube is becoming extinct.

Gasp.

It’s true.  The toilet paper roll in your bathroom is probably intact…but it’s only a matter of time.

Kimberly-Clark launched the first tube-free toilet paper rolls in their Scott Naturals brand at Walmart and Sam’s Club stores throughout the Northeast in the fourth quarter of 2010. They’re planning tube-free paper towels, too.  And SCA, Georgia Pacific, and Procter & Gamble — which manufactures top-selling Charmin toilet paper — are expected to jump on board the tube-free train very soon.

Let’s face it — eliminating that little brown tube is way better for the environment.  Can you believe it accounts for over 160 million pounds of waste in the U.S. alone?

Yowsers.

But I can’t help but be nostalgic — in advance — for all the silly little toilet paper tube craft projects that kids won’t be able to attempt once that cardboard cylinder is no more.

No more critters with that distinctive shape. No more Christmas candles, wreaths or candy canes. No more log cabins, binoculars, firecrackers, spaceships, or yarn jars.  (Yarn jars?)  No more handcrafted masterpieces inspired by that simple circle of cardboard that currently comes free with every toilet paper roll.

Going green certainly has its price.  Oh well, maybe the iPhone will come up with an app to replace it.

Potty time

Love potty humor?  How ’bout potties themselves?

Cintas Corporation, provider of specialty services to businesses — including bathroom sanitation — is searching for “America’s Best Restroom” in their ninth annual competition.

Nine times they’ve done this?  Where was I — in the john?

They started taking nominations in February and recently announced 10 finalists. Now it’s up to all of us to vote for our favorites…and in September, they’ll name “America’s Best Restroom.”

I’m proud to say that two of the nominees are right here in New York City — the public restrooms at The Muse Hotel and Bryant Park.  But there are toilets on the list from Wichita to Louisville to Fort Wayne to Las Vegas.

And these potties — all public restrooms, mind you — are pretty spectacular.  Even if you initially thought “Why is the Egg talking toilets?” I think you’ll enjoy a tour of the Top 10. Vote while you’re at it, too.

If you’ve ever needed a public restroom and couldn’t find one, you know how truly important this topic really is.

May the best potty win!