Supermarket shelves have been emptied of loo rolls, with people often unable to buy any when they go out to do their shop – despite manufacturers reassuring everyone that there’s plenty to go around.
One dad, who was fed up of seeing people stockpiling the stuff, recently decided to take matters into his own hands, while teaching his daughter maths during self-isolation.
The American parent had a go at working out just how much toilet roll you’d actually need to use during a 14 day quarantine, and his numbers show you definitely don’t need as many as you’d think.
In a video originally posted by naomi.corson on TikTok, Naomi says: “So my dad did the math on toilet paper for quarantines, so here it is…”
The clip then cuts to her dad, who gets right into it.
He explains: “Go to Costo, big huge thing of toilet paper has 30 rolls.
“Now each [roll] has 425 sheets.
“That is 12,750 sheets per case of toilet paper. So that means 20 sheets per s**t.”
He continues: “Which comes down to 637.5 s**ts per case.
“And that is 45.5 s**ts per day.
“So a person who grabbed four cases of toilet paper from Costco for a family of four, quarantined for the required 14 days, would need to s**t 182 times a day to use the purchased amount of toilet paper at 20 sheets per s**t.”
The man adds: “Now let’s all calm down.”
Many people found it absolutely hilarious, with one commenting: “Even at 40 sheets per s**t, they’d still have to s**t 91 times a day. That’s 22 s**ts per person a day. So roughly one s**t an hour for 24 hours. So his point is still super valid. Let’s all calm down!”
Another replied: “Thanks to this dad for answering the question I get asked all the time by my math students…’When are we ever going to use math in real life?'”
A third added: “Thank you for this!! This is hysterical! Best use of math I’ve seen yet! I showed my daughter to show her that you use math every day and this was a great example.”