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US family tries life without toilet paper
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7000991.stm ^

Posted on 09/19/2007 9:48:42 AM PDT by traumer

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My uncle’s grandfather lived with my uncle in his old years. My uncle bought an old farm with the original farmhouse and also a “newer” farmhouse built circa 1930 as his first place. He still lives there btw but there is a new house on the location where the two older homes are gone now.

But anyway, “grandps McGee” as we all called him even though he was our great grandfather, had never lived in a house with electricity or running water. He wasn’t about to change either. He moved into the original farmhouse by himself and wouldn’t set foot in the “new fangled house”(the 1930 vintage one). Any house that had an indoor toilet was contaminated, by his estimation. He lived into his late 90s. Never had a driver’s license or a social security number in his entire life. My aunt brought his meals out to him.

Every spring he would hitch up daisy(his horse), and drag his outhouse to a new hole he dug himself by hand, then fill in the old hole. I’ll never forget, to this day, the vast numbers of rats that would scamper away as he dragged that outhouse away to it’s new location. Us kids used to use that outhouse too just because it was there and we were curious. But boy did it stink! Looking into the hole was scary too. Especially when imagining all those rats down there.

The “new” house didn’t even have electricity till my uncle added it. It had carbide lamps for lighting and a wood stove for heat, supplemented by a fireplace. The old house was a one room building with a pot bellied stove and a huge copper broiler for a washtub. For years the “new” house had lighting by extension cord stapled to the moldings and routed outside to the pole. When gramps McGee died, we filled in the old underground carbide tank and tore down his place. The outhouse was left in place till it fell in the hole. The original barn was left till it fell down by it’s own accord. Daisy died a few years after her owner did. The only thing left is the old root cellar...I think...it was there the last time I looked around out there.

151 posted on 09/19/2007 6:29:14 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: Badeye

Sheryl Crow, I wonder how much energy you use to take care of that dull and dry head of hair?

you don’t use a blow dryer do you?
you don’t use a curling iron do you?
you don’t use hot water do you?

no you don’t. your hairdresser does. you’re off the hook


152 posted on 09/20/2007 2:21:22 PM PDT by Taffini (Mr. Pippin and Mr. Waffles do not approve)
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To: Phantom Lord

Cherokee Hair Tampons.

what the hell is that?

i’m coming back as a man next time. i can’t cope with this


153 posted on 09/20/2007 2:23:04 PM PDT by Taffini (Mr. Pippin and Mr. Waffles do not approve)
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To: traumer

Ugh. So no toilet paper - how do they, I mean, okay with their hand.. is it like a scoop? Do they pick at it? What about those especially difficult..umm.. what about - UGH!

When it gets all... jeez, this is disgusting. Now I have to wonder whenever I see some nut job on the street, does he/she clean up with their bare hand...

Why.


154 posted on 09/20/2007 2:35:52 PM PDT by buckleyfan (WFB, save us!)
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To: Beowulf

ping


155 posted on 09/21/2007 4:28:49 AM PDT by steelyourfaith
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To: Taffini

The carbon footprint of her caravan when on the road performing makes her look ridiculous on this kind of topic.


156 posted on 09/21/2007 6:37:45 AM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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157 posted on 09/21/2007 7:06:18 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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