1. I've read that baby urine was used as a mouthwash in old China - whether that's true or not, I don't know, but if it was true, I can imagine they believed - probably rightly - that baby urine is actually fairly clean stuff compared to most stuff they drank in those days other than hot tea or wine.

2. In the Philippines, I learned that if there's no toilet paper (or suitable substitute), they use what's called a 'tabo' (pronounced "tah-bow") - basically a small plastic pot with a long handle. I'm sure you've seen how some people - including most Asians - can squat on their heels. This also means that when they go poo, they squat like this, and there's much less poo that winds up on their butt-cheeks. Then they wash themselves with the tabo, and they're good to go.

3. I remember on a port visit to Singapore, I discovered that sometimes, a toilet in a mall is just a small hole in the floor. The hole *might* have been four inches in diameter. The choice, then, was "squat or suffer". Funny how, when the pressure's really on, one's aim really improves. That was...interesting.

Retired Navy. Inveterate contrarian. If I haven’t done it, I’ve usually done something close.

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