Did you know... today is World Toilet Day! Which means that all around the world, people are bonding over crappy jokes (hehe) to bring awareness to the problem of water sanitation in many countries around the world. Do you have what it takes to ascend the throne (sorry, couldn't help it) and be the reigning toilet joke master of your friends? If you aren't sure if your one liners can cut it, take some pointers from comedians in London who gather every year for a show to benefit clean water and sanitation efforts worldwide!
While we take our bathroom breaks for granted - or "bathroom breaks" for those of us who really just need a breather from OChem or work - there are billions of people who don't have that nifty excuse. In fact, they don't even have private toilets in many cases. This is a problem for multiple reasons*...
1) Doing your business in a non-contained location can lead to contamination and the spread of disease.
2) Not having a private bathroom means that in the middle of the night, people may have to take a hike to get to the village outhouse which presents various dangers.
3) Since many schools in these areas do not have basic private toilets, most girls will simply not go to school while they are menstruating which sets them behind and diminishes their chance for success.
4) With the spread of disease that happens because of a lack of water sanitation and toilet access, people have to spend more money on basic healthcare which may not even be easily accessible. (annual cost due to a lack of investments in sanitation is $260 billion worldwide)
5) One of the leading causes of death in the developing world is diarrhoeal diseases and nearly 1000 kids around the world die every day due to diarrhoeal disease and the poor nutrition that then stems from their body's lack of nutrient absorbtion.
*all facts taken from Global Citizen
So how can you help? Crack a joke, tweet it using the hashtag #WorldToiletDay or #It'sNoJoke, contact congress to support an act that would bring clean water and toilet access to villages around the world, or donate to Water Aid.
I will leave you with the winning joke from the 2014 World Toilet Day joke competition:
Let your immaturity shine today. Do it for the children.