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The Power of Music to Save Lives, Pressure-Washing Porn and the Calculus Behind Folding or Wadding Toilet Paper

By all means, listen to a nuclear physicist use “calculus” and “equations” to solve the riddle of which toilet paper wiping method, folding or wadding, is better. After all, the quest for better pooping knowledge is one of life’s worthwhile pursuits, something  I am well aware of.

But know this: There is no one way to wipe your ass. Fold, wad, whatever — as long as your butt is clean, who’s to say your method is any worse or better than anyone else’s. Because, guaranteed, there are fold-ers who get dingleberries and there are wadders who get skid marks.

All of which is to say, you do you, Mr. Poopie Pants.

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Points? Rewards?? Miles???

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Pow-Pow-Power Washing Porn

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I always save this bit for the end from powerwashingporn

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Speaking of Feeling Like Shit, Part 1

Unless you’re French (or Japanese, Italian or from Southern Europe in general) you probably fall in one of two camps: Toilet-paper folders, or toilet-paper wadders. It comes as no surprise then, that much like the war over standing or sitting to wipe one’s ass, opinions over the correct way to use toilet paper are, in a lot of ways, like assholes — in that everybody has one, and they all stink. So, to settle the debate once and for all, Quinn Myers reached out to math and physics professionals to scientifically prove which method is superior.

Speaking of Feeling Like Shit, Part 2

Why, oh why, would anyone send a friend a picture of their shit?

Well, that’s one excuse. Trust us when we say, dudes have a baffling number of reasons why they’re sharing turd photos with each other: From the funny and/or “beautiful” way a poop has plopped into the bowl to just wanting to deepen the bonds of friendship.

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