to find books and magazines by the toilet unnecessary and unhygienic

(176 Posts)
SunsetMojito Sun 13-Jan-13 21:50:21

I have even seen a magazine rack placed helpfully beside one!
and how long to you actually need to spend in there that you cannot manage without reading?

I don't have any in my loos, but years ago my Mum compiled the best of FMH magazines from my brother's collection. People used to go into the loo and not reappear for hours grin ..all appalling funny stories !

WorraLiberty Sun 13-Jan-13 21:53:17

I thought more people brought their mobile phones to the loo instead?

I remember reading on MN about a poster whose DS couldn't shit for days cos he'd lost his mobile grin

FabulousFreaks Sun 13-Jan-13 21:53:59

yabu, whats the problem

gimmecakeandcandy Sun 13-Jan-13 21:55:20

Surely we don't need Magazines now that we can mumsnet on the loo!

Trills Sun 13-Jan-13 21:56:01

If you don't like them you don't have to touch them They can't infect you just by being there.

Arthurfowlersallotment Sun 13-Jan-13 21:56:17

I love reading Take A Break on the loo.

FabulousFreaks Sun 13-Jan-13 21:56:40

I wonder if it was my house Sunset? Please feel free to not bother using my facilities again for fear you may boak

ceeveebee Sun 13-Jan-13 21:56:44

You're right, an ipad is much more hygenic

SageYourResoluteOracle Sun 13-Jan-13 21:57:50

<another secret loo reader. . . only time I get peace!>

ThalianotFailure Sun 13-Jan-13 21:57:51

actually, if you suffer from constipation, reading on the loo is very beneficial! If there's no actual reading matter I have been known to read the blumpf on toiletries bottles!

When I lived with my parents there would often been 4 books propped up against the wall of the loo. DH and I usually have a couple of copies of the Economist and bits of the Saturday Guardian in ours.

BreconBeBuggered Sun 13-Jan-13 21:59:08

As long as nobody wipes their arse on the Take A Break and puts it back on the rack, there's no problem.

Nanny0gg Sun 13-Jan-13 21:59:13

Even two minutes in the loo is boring, Magazines and books (and the paper) are a must.

CelticPromise Sun 13-Jan-13 21:59:25

Yabu. Never come to my house, we have bookshelves in the loo and a stack of newspapers grin

My mum always hated us reading on the loo. I never understood why!

I agree with ThalianotFailure. I sometimes have a had time pooing (and sometimes emptying all of my bladder too), so reading on the loo helps.

If there's no books I read the back of the bleach/cleaning spray/shampoo/wipes etc.

RubyGates Sun 13-Jan-13 22:04:19

(wonders where the last book I left by the loo wandered off to)

BreastmilkNewYearLatte Sun 13-Jan-13 22:04:44

<If there's no books I read the back of the bleach/cleaning spray/shampoo/wipes etc>

Me too. It's how I first learned the Facts of Life from a Tampax box...

Bogeyface Sun 13-Jan-13 22:05:19

We have a stack of what we call "loo books" that are easy to read a little bit of. Things like Bunny Suicides, Garfield etc.

I dont see that they are unhygienic, as long as no one is actually wiping their bums with the pages!

SunsetMojito Sun 13-Jan-13 22:05:34

its not the reading on the loo thats the problem. No objection to the i-pad that you take in and then take out again with you. It's the piles of paper that have sat there for months being handled by any fucker who uses that toilet, while they are pooing.

lisa1968 Sun 13-Jan-13 22:06:08

I read my book on the loo......its the quietest place.....

McNewPants2013 Sun 13-Jan-13 22:06:31

You read then wash your hands after the loo anyway.

PeerieMootsMum Sun 13-Jan-13 22:07:11

I don't think yabu, but mainly because its always foodie magazines DH leaves in there and I can't stand the thought of then baking or cooking from something that has spent days in the loo and so it spoils my fun. Although I am often unreasonably precious about germs / hand washing etc so I defer to the masses on this.

discorabbit Sun 13-Jan-13 22:07:40

at the moment i have the boden catalogue next to the loo grin

Greensleeves Sun 13-Jan-13 22:07:49

I keep my proper history books in the loo as it is the only place I can read in a concentrated and uninterrupted way

and ds1 keeps his magazines in there, and dh likes to collect daft sign books and cartoon books

but please, feel free never to visit my house and then you won't have to take a shit in my library grin

Bogeyface Sun 13-Jan-13 22:08:11

I should add that my loo library started in my third full term pg when I had the most awful constipation/evacuation cycle, which meant that whatever stage I was in, every 5th day or so was spent almost entirely on the loo! You soon learn to appreciate books, especially as this was pre-smart phones and wireless internet!

dexter73 Sun 13-Jan-13 22:09:19

I keep an Ikea catalogue in the loo!

KenDoddsDadsDog Sun 13-Jan-13 22:09:29

I can't do a poo without something to read. I'm one of those criminal disgusting people with a magazine rack in my en suite . So shoot me.

Bogeyface Sun 13-Jan-13 22:10:09

I was about to say the same as McNew!

If you wash your hands after you use the loo then whats the problem? Unless you are a sneaky nose picker too and are worried about what is going up there? wink

dS2 likes to read on the loo. He is autistic and I am v.grateful that he has such minimal toileting issues, so we let him, but restrict him to poetry rather than novels, as other people eventually need to use the toilet too! We keep his toilet reading poetry books on a shelf outside the bathroom.

CloudsAndTrees Sun 13-Jan-13 22:10:55

YANBU! This is a pet hate of mine. When you are a guest at someone's house, you want to use the toilet, and you are forced into seeing what they like to read when they are having a shit, it just brings up thoughts that I'd rather not have.

It looks minging. If you must read on the toilet, remove the reading material from the floor beside the toilet before you invite people into your home, or just take it in and out with you as needed.

KenDoddsDadsDog Sun 13-Jan-13 22:11:10

Taking your Ipad in then out - it will have shite vapour on it .

Mintyy Sun 13-Jan-13 22:11:39

Yanbu. Don't like it either.

Greensleeves Sun 13-Jan-13 22:12:25

why do you think people should adjust their lifestyle to accommodate your hang-ups Clouds? confused

Bogeyface Sun 13-Jan-13 22:12:27

you are forced into seeing what they like to read when they are having a shit, it just brings up thoughts that I'd rather not have.

Read a book then, it will take your mind off it

Adversecamber Sun 13-Jan-13 22:14:09

I have never read whilst sat on the loo in my entire life

Greensleeves Sun 13-Jan-13 22:14:45

<slow clap>

CloudsAndTrees Sun 13-Jan-13 22:15:59

Bogey grin

I really don't think people should adjust their lifestyle, if that's what it is, to suit me. It's just something that I don't like. Oddly enough, I don't actually lose any sleep over it.

DeepRedBetty Sun 13-Jan-13 22:17:09

Yabu. You need to wash your hands after wiping your arse, not before, and I don't suppose you wipe your arse until after you've done the deed.

I've got the last 18 months of Current Archaeology, The Best of Matt and a stray copy of Watership Down in there atm. Apart from anything else can't think of anywhere else to put them.

MrsKeithRichards Sun 13-Jan-13 22:17:14

dh keeps his land rover magazines in the loo. He isn't a big reader but reads on the loo and in the bath. I read then when I'm having a poo. Today I learnt the pros and cons of mechanical v electrical winches. Very interesting.

Oodsigma Sun 13-Jan-13 22:18:37


BlackholesAndRevelations Sun 13-Jan-13 22:19:38

Shite vapour! Mumsnet makes me grin

I must admit I do picture friends pooing when I see their toilet reading material, but they obviously don't care so why should I?

Bogeyface Sun 13-Jan-13 22:20:12

Sheesh Mrs could you not get him into porn?!

Don't really see what the problem is, you put it down before you wipe yourself, so not likely to get dirty that way. However any mags that go in there do go straight from there to the recycling bin just in case of wee splashes (they live on the floor), don't want them in the kitchen or lounge afterwards.

Bogeyface Sun 13-Jan-13 22:21:32

But surely by virtue of the fact that they have a bog, you could picture them shitting?

I dont picture people washing their arses when I see their shower (although I probably will now!).

SunsetMojito Sun 13-Jan-13 22:23:08

CloudsandTrees - ha ha about the thoughts you'd rather not have!! Glad its not just me with a wrong overactive mind!!

KenDodd - at least taking you i-pad out with its shit vapour, you know its just your shit vapour. Not pleasant for everyone else granted. But the piles of magazines and all their shit vapour from hundreds of shits from various origins! Eeek!

Can't see how it's unhygienic.

Also if you can't imagine being in there long enough to read then you are damn lucky. Every month without fail I get horrific cramps that mean I can often be stuck there for half an hour. And quite frankly when I'm in that much pain I will take all the distraction I can!

Greensleeves Sun 13-Jan-13 22:25:06

Some people aren't used to seeing books around the place though

just sayin'

SunsetMojito Sun 13-Jan-13 22:26:47

Plenty of books in my house Greensleeves! (And a First Class English Degree). Just keep them on the bookshelves.
Just sayin'

Oh and for those of you worried about "shit vapour" there's a Mythbusters that proves that faecal matter gets everywhere and yet there isn't a higher concentration in the bathroom.

I'm sure that'll give you nightmares grin

I'm reading this from the look grin

PickledInAPearTree Sun 13-Jan-13 22:27:49

I need entertainment on the loo. I only draw the line as DP takes in cookery books and I do think they may get poo particles on them.

I take my kindle in there now.

I may start a small library some of you have given me inspiration.

PickledInAPearTree Sun 13-Jan-13 22:28:17

Thanks a LOT goths! grin

You love me Pickled grin

Milliways Sun 13-Jan-13 22:28:45

Please recommend me the best magazines or whatever for when I have to occupy the bathroom for the day before a colonoscopy! smile

WorraLiberty Sun 13-Jan-13 22:29:22

Do you wash your hands after you've been to the loo OP...or do you just lick your fingers clean?

If its' the latter then YANBU

BlackholesAndRevelations Sun 13-Jan-13 22:29:31

bogey funnily enough, no I don't picture people shitting when I go into a toilet sans reading material! Just when I see books there, I think, "so that's what you read when you have a poo," and imagine them sitting there! smile

Bogeyface Sun 13-Jan-13 22:29:39

So we are all breathing shit vapour, right now?! Even shit vapour from the man that came to fix the washing machine and didnt even use the loo?!

[Mischievous emoticon]

Oh yes Bogey Nice deep breaths now grin

PickledInAPearTree Sun 13-Jan-13 22:31:02

I dont see the harm

You just go in, pull down your trousers and pants. Sit on bog. Pick up book.


Read a bit

Put book back

Wipe your arse


Wash hands.

At no point do you poke your finger in your poo and put it on the book?

neveronamonday Sun 13-Jan-13 22:31:06

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

WorraLiberty Sun 13-Jan-13 22:32:00

At no point do you poke your finger in your poo and put it on the book?

What if there's no pen for the crossword?

PickledInAPearTree Sun 13-Jan-13 22:32:12

have you seen those lights that show up piss stains? They were using them on Hotel Inspector or similar. Piss EVERYWHERE! Even on the ceilings.

Bogeyface Sun 13-Jan-13 22:32:17

According to H, Steve Martin has a theory that above the Ozone Layer is the Fart Layer. He says that when the OL goes, the fart layer will fall to earth but the farts will not return to their original owner, so we have to save the OL in order to prevent us all being engulfed by other peoples old farts grin

BlackholesAndRevelations Sun 13-Jan-13 22:32:40

My dp is currently exuding shit vapour next to me in bed hmm

Greensleeves Sun 13-Jan-13 22:33:53

At no point do you poke your finger in your poo and put it on the book?

unless it turns out to have been written by Martin Amis

I would hate to be a guest in some of your houses. Shoes off at the door and no books in the john. Shudder.

never Just for you

Note the poo particles found in the kitchen two rooms away. Hope you don't eat in your kitchen either? wink

Bogeyface Sun 13-Jan-13 22:34:03

never there was a post a while back about a man (might have been her DH, not sure) who would take a sandwich and a drink up there with him.

I am pretty laid back about all things bodily, but that was a step waaaaaaaaay too far!

worra I fell off my chair laughing at that!

Hassled Sun 13-Jan-13 22:34:47

DS3 was once found reading on the loo while plugged into his iPod. When I say "found" - I went in to check he hadn't died because he'd been there for hours and wasn't responding to discrete knocks.

Fairylea Sun 13-Jan-13 22:35:14

I read on the loo. Dh thinks I'm mad but I can't go without something.... !!

And it has to be a magazine or holiday brochure. Novels etc too much concentration. Magazines are just right, especially the ads !

I don't touch anyone else's toilet reading stuff though in other houses.

It's my one odd and probably disgusting habit.

Oh well......

Greensleeves Sun 13-Jan-13 22:35:21

MIL used to get constipated when dh was a kid, she would bellow for him to bring her an apple to help her shift it

now THAT is grim

WorraLiberty Sun 13-Jan-13 22:35:52

Good job you weren't on the loo then Goths grin

Hassled Sun 13-Jan-13 22:35:59

grin at Martin Amis. I'd love to make a dirty protest on a Martin Amis book.

BlackholesAndRevelations Sun 13-Jan-13 22:36:12

Ps. When reading for purposes of helping along a constipated poo, shouldn't it be:

Pants down, sit on loo
Read some more
Flush etc

I have never understood people who sit in their own shit vapour rather than just wiping and getting the hell out of there.

Quite Worra then poo particles would have been the least of my worries grin

SunsetMojito Sun 13-Jan-13 22:37:11

Now those of us with over active brains are having thoughts we'd rather not have about the apple!

SAHMlikeitHOT Sun 13-Jan-13 22:37:17

Well, a senior executive I worked with used to take papers into the loo, mark them up and then bring them out for his secretary'to action' - disgusting!

Bogeyface Sun 13-Jan-13 22:37:49

GReen What the FUCK was she doing with the apple?! grin

Bogeyface Sun 13-Jan-13 22:38:43

I agrre black, the reading matter is the warm up act whilst waiting for the main performance, as it were!

SunsetMojito Sun 13-Jan-13 22:38:48

Jeeez thats grim SAHM.
I have been in a meeting where someone would regularly inform us that they'd read the papers on the loo. Lovely.

Hassled Sun 13-Jan-13 22:38:53

I don't understand the apple thing at all. She ate the apple on the loo for immediate fibre effect?

WorraLiberty Sun 13-Jan-13 22:39:08

I either need to get an android phone or a stack of magazines for my bathroom.

It doesn't take me long to crap but I still know every single ingredient on the back of a shampoo bottle sad

Greensleeves Sun 13-Jan-13 22:40:00

Yes Hassled, she was convinced it would shift the blockage immediately with its juicy crunchy fibrous goodness

PickledInAPearTree Sun 13-Jan-13 22:40:23

My nan used to make me eat a tangerine and sit on a bog full of steamed water from the kettle if I hadnt pooed once a day.

Id be in there for hours trying to strain one out so I could go out and play.


elizaregina Sun 13-Jan-13 22:40:48

"MIL used to get constipated when dh was a kid, she would bellow for him to bring her an apple to help her shift it

now THAT is grim "

Gosh - what on earth could she do with an apple to help get things moving? Surely it wouldnt digest that quickly to help, but what could happen on the outside? confused

Bogeyface Sun 13-Jan-13 22:41:38

Worra, tip for you.

Put a stack of worthy literature by in a prominent place and move them about so they look read. Then keep a stash of trashy mags and books somewhere secret!

MrsWembley Sun 13-Jan-13 22:41:55

Goths I was about to quote the mythbusters thing re poo spores...sad

<wanders off to have a final wee before bed and get in another couple of pages of the book that's supposed to be finished for tomorrow night's book club>

WorraLiberty Sun 13-Jan-13 22:42:18

Maybe she wanted to make an apple dumpling?

WorraLiberty Sun 13-Jan-13 22:43:18

Bogey I might go straight for 50 shades of shit grin

Hassled Sun 13-Jan-13 22:43:42


nasties in the atmosphere? ok... you do realise that toothbrushes are also kept in bathrooms right?... oh but they're ok i guess cause they actually belong in the bathroom hmm

we keep a small pile of books in the bathroom, and yes, we close the lid each time we flush too. its not like we are literally shitting on the books!

Bogeyface Sun 13-Jan-13 22:44:09

What, on the loo roll holder? Only place for it imo!

neveronamonday Sun 13-Jan-13 22:45:22

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Well, who'd have thought I'd find a whole group of people who also read the back of toiletry/cleaning products bottles if there is no other suitable reading material grin
Does anyone else play the alphabet game? J is a bastard letter to find on a shampoo bottle.

Greensleeves Sun 13-Jan-13 22:46:10

lmao at the apple dumpling

if I really want to horrify dh (or punish him for stinking the bathroom out) I kick the door open and holler in a nasal Donegal accent

"Greenysdh, would you bring me an aaaaaapple, I'm egg-bound again"

it really unsettles him

Bogeyface Sun 13-Jan-13 22:47:15

Whispers The alphabet game is new to me, please explain!

PickledInAPearTree Sun 13-Jan-13 22:47:21

GOOD POINT there DT. Toothbrushes must be awash with poo particles.

never The toothbrushes in the kitchen were sterilised, put into sterilised glasses and not touched for the duration of the experiment.

neveronamonday Sun 13-Jan-13 22:49:56

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MrsWembley Sun 13-Jan-13 22:50:09

Oh, I do love a poo thread, but I really must go to bed now.

If I fart in bed does that mean I shouldn't have my book on the bedside table?

elizaregina Sun 13-Jan-13 22:51:07

I also wonder - are they there by the loo - because of space - because some people also like to read in the bath?

Like someone I know blush and by the loo is the best place to leave the magazine rack?

Morloth Sun 13-Jan-13 22:52:08

Is there anything finer than the 'weekend poo' with book/mag/newspaper/phone?

I have a pile of books on the window sill next to my toilet. No-one else uses my bathroom though so maybe it isn't as bad.

My sister has a good collection of mags, always enjoy a visit to her bathroom. I can't imagine they are dirty, she takes cleaniness to a crazy level, knowing her she probably disinfects them regularly.

we dont have a cabinet sad

um yeah... i think im gona get one now grin

WorraLiberty Sun 13-Jan-13 22:52:22

I have to say I feel a disproportionate amount of anger when I read the word 'Aqua' on the back of a shampoo bottle.

It's fucking water so why not say so? hmm

MrsWembley Sun 13-Jan-13 22:53:21

It's Latin water, innit?

BlackholesAndRevelations Sun 13-Jan-13 22:53:25

Apple dumpling! Hahaha!

Fairylea Sun 13-Jan-13 22:54:06

Oh I read the back of everything too.

I'm very excited if I find there's a voucher promotion or whatever on.... more to read!!

neveronamonday Sun 13-Jan-13 22:54:13

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Further apple explaination needed Green. Although her being from Duneeegalll explains a lot. Why do they talk through their noses? Why?

I can't poo without reading. If I'm somewhere other than home, I must sneak my phone into the toilet so I can read something. When toilet training DS, my mother advised me to sit him on the toilet and read to him until he did a poo. It worked very well for her when training me, she said. Thanks mum!

Hassled Sun 13-Jan-13 22:55:44

Oh yes, "aqua" makes me apopleptic every time. They're wankers, the shampoo-ingredient listing people.

FlyingFig Sun 13-Jan-13 22:56:04

Laughed like a drain at What if there's no pen for the crossword? grin

When DP was a child, his dad used to have a TV on a trolley that was wheeled into the bathroom every Sunday, so that he could have a mammoth dumping session, while watching the box.

Makes a few magazines seem tame!

Mythbusters article

If two doors can't stop it, I doubt a single cabinet door can.

Just me with the alphabet game then blush
It's as simple as it sounds, you have to find all the letters of the alphabet on one bottle! You need proper stuff, none of this organic, no ingredients shite as all the x's and z's are found in the nasty ingredients at the end grin Like I said though, J's are a bastard to find.

PickledInAPearTree Sun 13-Jan-13 22:57:01

I love the made up ingredients often found on goods by Laboritoire Garnier the best.

I dont get to poo in peace now my toddler busts in and at the moment he likes to rub my shins with emery boards.

SanityClause Sun 13-Jan-13 22:57:15

I did an experiment for a science competition when I was at school <swotty>

I found that there were more moulds and bacteria in the school corridors than the loos. (My experiment did not identify the types of mould or bacteria, just the number - I was only 12!)

So munch away in the loo, but not in a school corridor!

freddiefrog Sun 13-Jan-13 22:57:47

DH reads the Argos catalogue. We have to make a trip every time they issue one for new reading matter.

If I'm in there for any length of time I also start reading the info on the back of the shampoo/bubble bath bottles

Cross posts, Aqua is an essential part of the alphabet game, it regularly provides the Q!

WorraLiberty Sun 13-Jan-13 22:58:58


No-one ever says, "Can you stick some aqua in the kettle love and we'll have a brew".

Well no-one who doesn't need a smack in the chops...

Bogeyface Sun 13-Jan-13 22:59:49

I have now started buying Alberto Balsam conditioner from the pound shop for nit combing purposes, since I read the back of a bottle at my friends house and found that if you save the codes on the bottles, you get free day out codes!

It can pay to be a bog reader!

neveronamonday Sun 13-Jan-13 23:01:44

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elizaregina Sun 13-Jan-13 23:05:22

omg - i am just seeing never ending poo colonies now marching over everything by the loo.

FruitOwl Sun 13-Jan-13 23:05:44

When I lived in a shared house one of the boys took one of my cookbooks out of the kitchen and read it while having a poo <vom>; I later found it on the side of the bath! (book not poo) AFAIR I chucked it as it made me feel a bit sick to touch it while cooking after that.


neveronamonday Sun 13-Jan-13 23:08:48

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DeepRedBetty Sun 13-Jan-13 23:14:11

*Whispers" what a brilliant idea, next time I'm stuck in Mojito's boring loo I'll see if she's left something to play it with under the sink.

Bogeyface Sun 13-Jan-13 23:22:50

I found a J whispers

Would you like me to tell you where? Needless to say it wasnt on the nail varnish remover bottle, turns out that there is bugger all in that! Not even an F!

Oh oh I know why they use aqua and not water!!! Its because it has to be readable globally and there is a global index of ingredients that have latin names so people all over the world know what it is. I'm pretty sure its called an INCI

WorraLiberty Sun 13-Jan-13 23:34:46

That makes sense Kentucky

So 'Council juice' doesn't translate particularly well when you take the global market into consideration.

<< Feels slightly less angry >>

Bogeyface Sun 13-Jan-13 23:36:14

Juice? You're posh! It's council pop around here!

Lol no. Its like the law or summat. I used to make some cosmetics for myself and looked into selling them but you have to have everything checked loads and use funny names on the labels. I decided against it. Too much hassle smile

must remember to play the alphabet game next time im in there.

dh used to read the packets of my sanitary towels before our book habit. he said it made him feel more knowledgeable and proud cause he knew more than most blokes confused

ComposHat Mon 14-Jan-13 00:56:53

Is there anything finer than the 'weekend poo' with book/mag/newspaper/phone?

No you are talking, a leisure shite with a good book can be spun out for an hour or so. I only tend to get off when my arse gets numb from the seat.

Nanny0gg Mon 14-Jan-13 01:22:11

Do you lot not flush with the lid down??

How are there particles if you do?

Iteotwawki Mon 14-Jan-13 01:50:53

The particles escape on the moment of impact, I imagine. Unless you've had the forethought to put paper over the water surface first to lessen the splashiness smile

Also laughed (embarrassingly out loud) at using poo-covered finger for the crossword. Am at work, supposed to be v quiet.

DH always tells me when he's going for an iPoo (as opposed to a normal one) - I know he'll be ages and won't nag him to hurry up smile I am a slave to old fashioned habits, I have a loo library of books. All easy reading / short article type stuff, can't poo without reading!

DS 1 (6) has recently discovered the joys of reading in peace on the loo, it's a good job we have enough!

thatisall Mon 14-Jan-13 03:38:13

We have a weirdly large loo I put a little bookcase on there and we put funny books on it.
Couldn't give a money's if its hygienic or not it always raises a smile when people see it for the first time lol

Kytti Mon 14-Jan-13 03:55:27

My dear GF always took a paper to the toilet with him and I didn't know why. When I asked Grandma she said "to read of course" like I was thick. Thus began my love of reading on the loo. Fab. Only place I manage to get some peace these days, and unless I sneak off, not even then!

Has this article already been posted?
Is reading on the loo bad for you

For those worrying about poo particles, microbes should die relatively quickly on paper but can live much longer on the nice shiny screen of your phone.

We have back issues of Private Eye, DP's professional magazine and The F word I used to also have a book on swearing but I have no idea where it is. We have a basket for them to live in.

Notafoodbabyanymore Mon 14-Jan-13 05:18:58

Oh this thread has really made me laugh. So glad there are other loo readers about, I love a good poo and a read, me. That's what it was always called in our house . "Just going for a poo and a read..."

Also have often been known to read the back of any convenient packet or bottle, though mum and dad have a stack of Reader's Digests at their house, which are perfect.

My variation of the alphabet game is to pick a letter then see how many things in the room start with that letter. S and T are both quite good.

Clearly I find pooing very boring indeed!

Tee2072 Mon 14-Jan-13 06:52:54

Well shoot I was working up a good aqua rant and then saw there was a reason for it.

I don't get people who don't read in the loo!

CelticPromise Mon 14-Jan-13 07:33:11

I love this thread. I'm very happy to realise we are not the only household with a loo library. It has funny books, books of sports facts, that kind of stuff. If one of us gets given a suitable book we both know straightaway '
toilet book'!

I have only had positive comments from guests about the books, but I expect anyone who's hmm about them keeps it to themselves!

WorraLiberty Mon 14-Jan-13 09:20:04

grin grin @ 'going for an iPoo'!!

theodorakisses Mon 14-Jan-13 09:30:47

We have a bookshelf and magazines and when potty training a paper and pencils for early training of toilet occupation. Lucky we have more than one bathroom really otherwise nobody would get a look in.

theodorakisses Mon 14-Jan-13 09:31:27

I have all my Jill pony books in there and people my age often go missing for ages when they visit

Bogey - you used to be able to find them on Sainsbury's products as they were officially J Sainsbury's but not sure if that's the case now as we don't shop there often sad You can also get lucky with postcodes for customer services sometimes grin

I'm loving the I Spy variation on the alphabet game too grin

BlackholesAndRevelations Mon 14-Jan-13 10:02:56

I suppose I'm lucky in that I usually go in, poo, and leave. Don't need or want to sit around reading.

(do people flush their poo away and then continue to read, or just sit there with it festering beneath their arses?) <genuinely curious>

zingally Mon 14-Jan-13 15:07:16

There's often books in my loo! So much so a friend got me "The Bumper Book For The Loo" book this past Christmas because "when ever I go in there, there's a book on the floor!" It's just a book of random facts. smile

thegreylady Mon 14-Jan-13 15:12:25

I always have a book or two in the bathroom.I always have.I think I'd die of constipation if I couldn't read.Interestingly my dgs who is nearly 4 also asks for a book to look at if he needs a poo.

diddl Mon 14-Jan-13 15:15:04

It´s funny what you get used to, isn´t it?

When I lived with my parents there was a lidded box/stool with books/magazines in the bathroom.

Think it was Mum´s way of getting some peace!

We often used to say that we were "going to the library!"

We have books & magazines in our bathroom.

Wouldn´t read in anyone else´s house though!

Pandemoniaa Mon 14-Jan-13 15:17:09

Having a Lavatorial Library is so essential in our family that we probably can't perform without it. Despite this being in existence for many years (and for generations of the family earlier) none of us seem to have been Struck Down by Poo Bugs. Not least because we don't actually shit on the books and magazines but instead, put them down carefully before attending to the more toxic parts of our anatomy. Hands are then washed before we leave the lav and return to a world where, increasingly, just the thought of germs, seems to cause conniptions.

Delalakis Mon 14-Jan-13 15:52:24

How can people get so obsessive about hygiene that they even have time to start worrying about reading matter in people's loos? I suspect those are the type of people whose kids get every bug going when they turn up at school because they've never had a chance to develop any immunity. I've kept mags and newspapers in the loo for decades, and neither I nor any of my family have ever succumbed to dreadful poo-borne plagues. QED, I think.

I buy Chat, Take A Break and love it for baths and toilet reading material grin

I also use my phone but after a phone in the loo accident its not very often

the one book that permenantly lives by the loo is "the giant bathroom book of dumbology". dh has "shit my kids say" and i have an easy read novel... generally one thats written like a diary or one with very short chapters

stephrick Mon 14-Jan-13 17:44:31

I keep Ripleys believe it or not in the loo for the kids to read.

MrsWembley Mon 14-Jan-13 17:55:49

My DD's actually taken to picking up one of her daddy's magazines when she's in there... Usually Sports Boat & Rib or the RNLI mag, before anyone gets worriedwink

MrTumblesSpottyBum Mon 14-Jan-13 18:53:47

We've got a book called Passing Time in the Loo, which is quite handy. I'm always a bit disconcerted the pages fall open out at the Gandhi biography bit.

MrsKeithRichards Mon 14-Jan-13 19:11:42

Ds had issues with poo for a while, he wouldn't give himself a chance to actually go so we took to sitting him down with a book.

DPotter Tue 15-Jan-13 01:59:47

re- eating apples on the loo - it's not the high fibre content that does the trick but something called the gastro-colic reflex which follows eating anything. it increases gut movement - squeezing the contents along. so whose ever MIL it was had the right idea !

we have books / mags / newspapers and dare I say it toilet brushes in our bathroom & loo. My DP reckons we should wash our hands before weeing as pee is sterile (normally) and we shouldn't be using dirty hands to wipe !

diddl Tue 15-Jan-13 07:45:04

Now I have to say that most things don´t bother me at all.

But actually eating whilst on the loo-even I find that bleurgh!

<Although will make a note for future bouts of constipation>

Eliza22 Tue 15-Jan-13 09:22:05

A magazine rack in the toilet? Ahhh ! Revolting. Someone ought to take a sample from the rack and see what "grows" in the Petrie dish confused

gasman Tue 15-Jan-13 10:10:38

I'm a doctor (in case the name isn't a clue in this context).

Someone once went to all the trouble of writing a formal written complaint about me because I'd suggested that their constipated 7 year old might like to try reading on the loo to see if it helped (toilet time concept).

They were firmly in the OPs camp. I have to confess until that moment I hadn't realised that some people didn't read in the loo. Virtually every private bathroom I used then and now is full of reading material - medical journals, comic books, private eye, land rover owner, you name it I've read it in the loo and so have most of my friends/ family.

I'm not a great subscriber to poo particle theories. They seem to get everywhere but genarlly most people seem to remain healthy - so what is the problem. Bugs are part of life. No?

Bogeyface Tue 15-Jan-13 10:21:22

Ironic really Gasman because that letter must have shown without shadow of a doubt that anal retentiveness is hereditary, and therefore why the child was so constipated!

BuggerLumpsAnnoyed Tue 15-Jan-13 10:22:20

but I don't get why its dirty. isn't it the act of wiping that makes one dirty? Therefore as long as you're not handling the book after wiping then you're fine

EuroShagmore Tue 15-Jan-13 10:40:49

I quite agree BuggerLumps. Left hand holds the book, right hand does the wiping. There's nothing unhygienic about it.

SunRaysthruClouds Tue 15-Jan-13 10:43:41

My parents still have the same books - mainly Giles annuals - in their loo that I used to read when I lived with them. I left 30 years ago and still read them when I visit.

Mind you it might be a bit risky to put them anywhere else in the house now.

Thumbwitch Tue 15-Jan-13 10:59:49

hahaha, bogeyface! Very clever smile

I was going to say about the gastro-colic reflex but see that DPotter got there first.

SunRays - I used to have Giles annuals in the loo as well, excellent reading matter!

OP - YABU. I would never have finished Sophie's World, Catch 22, and a few other books if it weren't for having them by the loo. Stephen Fry's Paperweight was also useful, as was Hector Hugh Monroe's Saki. I love looking at other people's loo books as well - one friend has lots of Peanuts books, another used to have humorous animal cartoons, another had the little book of etiquette or somesuch - great fun!

As for the unhygienic aspect - bah. People are so over-excited about hygiene these days, we're not meant to be bacterially sterile!

Flobbadobs Tue 15-Jan-13 11:01:25

Oh yes the Giles books! And the Gambols grin
My uncle used to have a large bathroom with a full bookcase in it. When we visited them people would disappear for ages to the bathroom!
DH takes his laptop. I think I have mentioned buying our tent while he was on the loo before...

Polyethyl Tue 15-Jan-13 11:09:19

I don't find it necessary to read on the loo, so there were no books in there. Until an old friend visited. On seeing that I had no loo books, he quietly went to my bookshelf, selected a book, and retired to the loo for half an hour.
The book has stayed in there ever since.
As he chose the book from my "to read" shelf, I believe that I shall never now read that book, because I couldn't bring myself to touch it, after where it's been. But my father and husband enjoy reading it in there - so perhaps my chum did the men in my family a favour.

MrsBeep Tue 15-Jan-13 12:42:15

Well this thread has been great entertainment to me on the loo this morning. Didn't have to touch any of my 'loo library'. smile

MrsBeep And you have such an impressive loo library too (though you laughed at my loo library! wink)

Pandemoniaa Tue 15-Jan-13 15:16:25

As he chose the book from my "to read" shelf, I believe that I shall never now read that book, because I couldn't bring myself to touch it, after where it's been.

I'd like to think this was tongue in cheek.

But if not, I'd merely ask, how you deal with anyone who has, er, exposed themselves to the Place of Poo Peril that is your lavatory? When they emerge are you wearing a full chemical protection suit yourself? Do you cover the furniture lest there is still a lingering miasma of toxicity about them? Or do you invite them to leave, immediately, via some sort of back passage used only for the hasty exit of anyone who may have had a poo in your lavatory?

IfNotNowThenWhen Tue 15-Jan-13 15:22:33

I'm still laughing about flyingfig's DIL having the special telly on a trolley wheeled in for his Sunday Poo.
I am actually shaking with laughter picturing this. Who had the honour of "wheeling it in?"
Was it his lucky wife?

IfNotNowThenWhen Tue 15-Jan-13 15:23:32

Sorry that should have said FIL !

McNewPants2013 Tue 15-Jan-13 15:25:08

Now that is cool smile

McNewPants2013 Tue 15-Jan-13 15:28:12
MrsBeep Tue 15-Jan-13 15:39:00

MurderOfGoths you have fish magazines alongside 'knitting today'. It's a bit comical you must admit? Anyone who saw your 'loo library' before meeting you would think you were about 50 years old! wink

We currently have F1 magazine, a book on weather, a book on drawing and a new Mark Thomas book. Oh...and Where's Wally? grin

<sticks tongue out>

Brodicea Tue 15-Jan-13 15:43:35

I get constipated so I have to read or play solitaire on my phone while I'm on the loo.

The only problem is now I always need a poo if I play solitaire on a journey or at home - a pavlovian response!


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