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The Great Toilet Seat Debate


Ever since Thomas Crapper (yes, really his name) invented the flush toilet, The Great Toilet Seat Debate about leaving the seat up or down has raged on. Whether you have interior or exterior plumbing (Is that the politically correct way to state it?), we’ve all been there. Up or down, down or up? How do we leave the seat? Well, it’s a question that continues. And the consequences for the wrong answer can really mess things up in a relationship.

First, if you sprinkle when you tinkle, be a sweetie, wipe the seaty. Even better, lift the seat out of the way. If you sit down, I suggest putting the cover down as well when you’re finished so that another person has to lift something up.

Certain people take the “I put it up, you can put it down. I don’t ask you to leave it up, do I?” These people usually wind up by themselves. This all relates to one of my previous posts that discusses whether you want to be right or you want to be happy.

So, let’s just take the practical approaches when it comes to real life consequences of one or the other. If you are a female and leave the seat down, the worst that happens is the seat gets wet if the other person is not particularly accurate (or had a circumcision with a dull knife ☺). On the other hand, if you are a male and leave the seat up, particularly at nighttime, you run the risk of a female that needs to use the toilet falling in. I can assure you of these two choices of consequences, the second scenario will produce a much more robust emotional reaction.

The bottom line? C’mon people! Just be considerate of others. That will take care of 99% of the problems.

Yours Truly,

Dr. Andrew Yellen

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