Monday, July 2, 2012

Question of the Day: Do You Read On The Toilet ?

"If it wasn't for the toilet, there would be no books"- George Costanza

Bio-Hazard? Really? If I've gotta go, I take a book with me. You might take your smartphone (or maybe it's with you all the time) but I take a book. And if a book is thus polluted, then I beg of you, think twice before you ask to borrow someone's cell phone to make a call. Odds are it's much more of a "bio-hazard" than any random book you might pick.

And think of all those used books out there. Are you afraid of them? Go into a used bookstore sometime. While many of the volumes that greet you on those shelves will be in seemingly good condition, I promise you, if you peruse enough of them , you'll find some strange, disturbing looking stains within their pages.

I wonder what percentage of books have been in a bathroom? I can tell you one thing, I'm not going to stop reading used or out-of-print books just because someone might have been sitting on the toilet with them at one time, that's for damn sure (though I must admit, I never open a magazine I find sitting near a toilet in someone's home bathroom. The very thought sickens me. Then again, if it was instead a book by a favorite author, I might -might, mind you- be tempted).

How about you?

1 comment:

  1. I can't help feeling like this falls under the TMI category, but I'm still laughing at George, so here we go ...

    I have a "bathroom book" (I have books for various rooms in my house, my classroom, my car, and so on ... people think I'm weird for reading so many books at once, but I find that I'm never in need of finding a book wherever I may be).

    I must confess that at times, I'll read the news or the Twitter/Facebook updates of friends or even books on my iPhone since I've gotten it. I guess admitting this will, as you pointed out, cease the requests by people to use my phone ...


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