One of the most popular features in Reader’s Digest was the page titled “Laughter Is The Best Medicine.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, the magazine may have not been so wrong.
The well-respected Minnesota-based health center reports on its website that laughter can actually improve one’s immune system.
“Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can affect your body by bringing more stress into your system and decreasing your immunity,” the web site reads. “By contrast, positive thoughts can actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses.”
There is no study found as to whether laughter could help cure or prevent the coronavirus.
However, there is now a new website designed to help give a good laugh while trying to prevent one of the stresses which has dominated the discussions of having to stay isolated at home.
That stress involves the question: “Do we have enough toilet paper to get through this?”
News reports from across the country have shown fights breaking out in stores between customers who are terrified of running out of the needed commodity.
Even many stores in Pasco County have taken to placing employees on the paper aisle in order to control and limit the numbers of rolls customers can purchase.
The website takes the number in a family with the number of days, weeks and months in isolation, and gives the number of rolls a household would need under the entered set of circumstances.
“Together, we can stop shortages and hoarding,” the caption reads at the bottom of the screen.
For instance, a family of four spending two weeks in isolation would need 12 rolls of standard, 2-ply paper according to the calculator.
And while the humor in the calculator is easy to see, one North Carolina town actually posted the web site address on its Facebook page as a potential help.
The Village of Pinehurst in its posting wrote: “Based on the empty toilet paper aisles at grocery stores, we know this question is heavy on a lot of minds: ‘Do you have enough toilet paper if your family had to be in isolation?’ Use this calculator to find out.”
The posting included the link and a photograph of one roll.
One resident responded by posting, “Thank you for helping us keep our [expletive deleted] together!”
On top of finding out how much you might need, the actual facts and statistics about the in-demand product are available for the searching.
Toiletpaperhistory.net lists these little-known facts:
• About 70 to 75 percent of the world’s population does not use toilet paper.
• People in some parts of the world do not use toilet paper due to a lack of trees.
• Two-ply toilet paper consists of two layers of 10 thickness paper, one-ply is made of a 13 thickness paper, and so, two-ply is not necessarily twice the thickness.
• In an average household, the average roll of toilet paper lasts approximately five days.
• Seven percent of Americans steal rolls of toilet paper in hotels or motels.
• If you hang your toilet paper so you can pull it from the bottom, you're deemed to be more intelligent than someone who hangs their toilet paper and pulls it from the top.