You’ve gotta roll with it

Is it happening where you are too?

I’m talking about the current Australian passion for TP jokes, especially visual ones.

It’s not as if we’re short of interesting news at the moment, and this is the sort of thing that normally gets a 3 minute slot on a very slow day. But somehow, toilet paper humour has tickled the nation’s funny bone, and we’re laughing at ourselves.

And a couple more in the Newcastle Herald.

On the other hand, if you like the more traditional silo art, this link will take you to a good selection. In these locked-up days, you can’t do the real art trail, but thank heavens for the wonders of websites and viewing this stuff from the comfort of home, without the need to spend hours in the car. (Did you see what I did there? Virtue out of necessity, and all that?)

We have to take our humour where we can find it these days, don’t we?

34 thoughts on “You’ve gotta roll with it

  1. Absolutely… and seeing the beauty in everything around you is what makes my day ♥️

  2. craftycreeky says:

    We had lots of jokes to start with, it’s definitely the British way of coping with things, but over the last few days as things have stepped up a notch and got more scary, the jokes have all but disappeared off social media. Hopefully as things improve we’ll start to share silliness again 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      I wonder how long it will be before the wartime ‘Mustn’t grumble’ appears. Quite a while, I think, considering how readily everyone grumbles these days… We have been prosperous and entitled too long; in our two countries there are very few still alive who have encountered true hardship.

  3. Dayphoto says:

    Lots of TP jokes here also. I love the Art trail!

  4. Brilliant. A sense of humour stash is more important than a stash of TP.

  5. I’ll take humor anyway it comes. 😉 I still would like to find those TP hoarders and beat them to a pulp with a plunger. 😉

    • katechiconi says:

      – after you’ve removed the hoard and given it away to those who need it, forcing them to watch.
      Man goes to doctor, who tells him “Sorry, mate, you’ve got the coronavirus”. The man replies “But, but, that can’t be right! I have 500 toilet rolls in the cupboard, and 250 bottles of water!”

  6. Susan Nixon says:

    Every day! A week or so ago, Salt Lake City had tremendous earthquakes and aftershocks. No one was hurt, strangely enough because of all the corona virus closures, probably, but one bit of damage was that Moroni standing on top of our Salt Lake City temple lost his trumpet. Oh the memes that have come out about that! =) It seems to be our modern response to dark situations, make a funny meme of it. Better than a lot of things people could be doing!

    • katechiconi says:

      An angel losing his trumpet is indeed very minor damage for an earthquake. I can well imagine what people made of it, too! Humour is a great weapon against the darkness of fear and disease. I think it’s to be encouraged, no matter how irreverent or silly.

  7. Very clever–let’s hope no one tries to peel some off it!

  8. Here in the U.S. not as many TP jokes as TP antagonism countered by suggestions for which leaves are good TP alternatives. Basically, reality has shifted well beyond the absurd.

  9. Love the silo! They moved pretty quick to get that done.. I’ve seen a number of memes and a clever crafty hack to make a window look as if the room is filled to the ceiling with rolls…… not quite sure why you might want to do that , but you know, just in case. We need the funnies, keep them coming ❤

  10. Yeah, they’ve been coming thick and fast, as have a lot of other feeble bits of rubbish … “If the coronavirus doesn’t take you out, may I?”… or “Bought two weeks’ worth of snacks for self-isolation — got high and ate them all in one day”. That kind of thing.

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, those samples really are a bit feeble… I think the humour will fade a bit as people get more scared, and then the human spirit will reassert itself and I think we’ll see a better class of stoical humour 🙂

  11. anne54 says:

    Not that you need toilet paper, Kate. How’s your system going?

  12. knitnkwilt says:

    One of the more amusing ones on Facebook was to list a movie title and swap “toilet paper” for one word in it.

  13. cedar51 says:

    Somehow the humor doesn’t sit right with me…possibly because I’m trying to deal with a whole load of “other things” that every time I get one step ahead – an email comes that says “we’ve not sure we can…” Maybe that’s because I’m home alone and I have only messenger helpers at this point to help with any question..
    Sorry to take this on a different standing…now back to what I was doing before I took phone calls that interrupted this reply. Including the “emergency alert on my smartphone re: the lockdown”

    • katechiconi says:

      Humour isn’t everyone’s antidote. I hope you get things straightened out. As for the phone messages, yes, we’re getting those too and since they’re telling us stuff we already know (“Don’t forget to wash your hands!”), it’s patronising as well as annoying :-/

  14. nanacathy2 says:

    I love the humour which has appeared on social media, and the ways people are getting through all of this. I am trying to deal with our stalled house move, and need a little light relief. Thank you.

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh gosh Cathy, how very stressful. I’m so sorry to hear that things are up in the air so much.
      I walked Mouse into town today to pay my last visit to the library for the duration, and wish Librarian Sally all the best. She reminded me that I can keep the books I have out until the end of June, I can download another 35(!!!) books, either eBooks or audio books, and read all the local papers online each day. I reckon that’s pretty enlightened and encouraging. Who knows what I may discover… Poor Mouse, though. The library’s over the road from the vet and right up to the last minute he thought we were going to his least favourite place! He walked a lot faster on the way home.

  15. tialys says:

    I must admit, I’ve seen some amusing things on FB – where I rarely venture in the normal course of events but there’s a local group who have updates on things I might miss to do with new rules, etc. and my needle felted dog portrait group and, while I’m there, it’s impossible to miss the odd humorous post . My friend in the U.K. sent me a video this morning with a talking dog outraged at only being allowed one walk a day that made me laugh too.
    I guess it’s similar to the need for black humour common amongst medical staff – it helps.

    • katechiconi says:

      Oooh, I want that dog video! Mouse is getting more walks than usual, and he’s pleased, but puzzled… The humour is, I think, an absolutely normal human reaction to pressure of any sort.

  16. Terri says:

    I love the silo art. We had a bakery here, before the mandatory closure order, that had a cake decorated like a roll of TP. And on the news was a florist who was asked by a customer to make a TP bouquet that was cute. Finding humor in the midst of all the reality checks helps us get through this terrible time.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ve discovered that you can still buy ‘toilet humour’ toilet rolls on Amazon, printed with bad jokes. Mind you, it’s about $12 per single roll, so not exactly an everyday option…

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