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Report: Things Are Getting Messy at Twitter HQ

Quite literally

(Newser) - Elon Musk has been "cutting costs like crazy," as he put it, at Twitter in a bid to reverse what he says is a projected negative cash flow of roughly $3 billion next year. The New York Times speaks with largely unnamed sources who detail the shape those...

As Delta Surges, So Do Sales of Toilet Paper
The Toilet Paper
Situation Is Back

The Toilet Paper Situation Is Back

Procter & Gamble is shifting factories to a 24/7 schedule

(Newser) - We've apparently reached that point in the pandemic where toilet paper is a hot commodity again. Procter & Gamble, the largest US manufacturer of toilet paper and paper towels, announced it is boosting production—operating factories 24 hours per day, seven days a week—in response to increased demand....

A New Kind of Pandemic Buying Is Upon Us

With restrictions going away, personal grooming items are flying off the shelves

(Newser) - It wasn't that long ago we were reading about pandemic-triggered rushes on items such as toilet paper and hand sanitizer . Two stories in the Wall Street Journal reflect how times have changed. For one thing, there's a now a glut of hand sanitizer on the market, so much...

There's a New Shortage in the Pandemic

Trendy boba tea is going to be hard to find because of a tapioca shortage

(Newser) - Toilet paper , ketchup , and now—boba tea. The trendy drink gaining popularity in the US is the latest product in short supply because of the pandemic. The nation is "entering a boba crisis," is how the San Francisco Chronicle begins its account of what's happening. For...

'Significant' Toilet Paper Price Hikes Are on the Way

Scott maker says commodity costs have soared

(Newser) - More than a year into the pandemic, toilet paper prices are going up—not because people are still hoarding it, but because commodity prices are rising, according to Kimberley-Clark Corporation. The company, which makes brands including Cottonelle, Scott, and Viva, along with Kleenex tissues and Huggies diapers, says most of...

Companies Nationwide Are Suffering. Not This One

Procter & Gamble saw biggest quarterly sales in decades thanks to rush on home products

(Newser) - While many businesses are suffering during the coronavirus pandemic, one firm is seeing a surge—mainly because a good number of its products are household necessities in demand during lockdowns. The Wall Street Journal reports that Procter & Gamble saw its biggest quarterly increase in decades, with sales rising 10%...

Larry David Not Happy With Toilet Paper Hoarders

Entertainer sees a Wild West parallel in wide-ranging talk with Maureen Dowd

(Newser) - At a time when Americans are trapped at home, Maureen Dowd of the New York Times checked in with "the world's leading expert on the art of nothing"—none other than Larry David. The 72-year-old creator of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm had plenty to say on...

Here Is What's Really Behind the Toilet Paper Shortage

The issue starts with where we're going the bathroom these days, writes Will Oremus

(Newser) - Haters love to blame "hoarders" and "panic buyers" for the lack of toilet paper on store shelves and to decry the "irrationality" of people who rushed stores to stock up amid the coronavirus pandemic. But at Medium , Will Oremus explains the truth lies elsewhere. Yes, there were...

Noooooo! Not the Toilet Paper!
Noooooo! Not the Toilet Paper!

Noooooo! Not the Toilet Paper!

Thousands of rolls burn when semi catches fire in Texas

(Newser) - In ordinary times, a fire aboard an 18-wheeler carrying toilet paper probably wouldn't make a ripple on the national news wires. These are not ordinary times, especially in regard to toilet paper . KWTX reports that thousands of rolls burned after the truck crashed and burst into flames on Interstate...

Customers Cheer After Miracle in Toilet Paper Aisle

It came as a surprise for Walmart customers in Springfield, Missouri

(Newser) - Customers cheered at a Walmart in Missouri after a woman gave birth to a baby girl in the store's toilet paper aisle, the AP reports. Jessica Hinkle, manager of the store in Springfield, said the woman told employees Wednesday that her water broke. Hinkle held up a sheet for...

City Warns Against Using T-Shirts for Toilet Paper

Shredded shirts clogged sewer line

(Newser) - With many Americans having trouble finding toilet paper amid coronavirus panic buying, sewer officials have issued a plea: Use whatever alternatives you want, but please don't flush them afterward. "Bag it, don't flush it," say officials in Redding, Calif., where somebody almost caused a spill Wednesday...

Business Booms for Restaurant Offering Toilet Paper Bonus

Another place sells 'emergency taco kits' with 4 rolls thrown in

(Newser) - To bring customers "a little comic relief" during the pandemic, an Illinois restaurant is adding a side of toilet paper to every orders. The general manager of the Beacon Tap in Des Plaines said the idea came from the manager of another restaurant in his company. He quickly called...

Police List Alternatives to Calling 911 for Toilet Paper

Department makes clear it won't deliver

(Newser) - It may seem like a 911-worthy emergency if you run out, but police in an Oregon town have clarified the issue. It's not. "It’s hard to believe that we even have to post this," Newport police said on Facebook . "Do not call 9-1-1 just because...

Family Buys 12 Years of Toilet Paper by Mistake

Now the Janetzki family is finding a way to give back

(Newser) - Think you've stocked up on toilet paper? Well, there's an Australian family that bought a 12-year supply back in February before coronavirus worries even struck the country—and they did it by mistake, USA Today reports. Haidee Janetzki says she made a slight error when ordering the TP...

Toilet Paper Is the 'Icon' of Panic Buying
Toilet Paper Is the
'Icon' of Panic Buying
the rundown

Toilet Paper Is the 'Icon' of Panic Buying

Shoppers are looking for a sense of control, say psychologists

(Newser) - Anyone who's been in a supermarket of late has likely seen the empty shelves for hand sanitizers and ... toilet paper? The latter is seen as a prime example of panic buying amid the coronavirus outbreak, and not just in the US. Coverage:
  • The psychology: Toilet paper is sort of

Coveted Toilet Paper Goes Up in Smoke in Australia

Firefighters save half the truck's load, as coronavirus fears inspire a run on TP

(Newser) - Apparently worried about being told to stay home to avoid spreading the new coronavirus, Australians have been buying toilet paper as fast as stores can stock it. So a fire on a semi-trailer rolling through Brisbane this week was especially concerning. But the load wasn't a total loss, Australia'...

Armed Robbers Steal Toilet Paper in Hong Kong

Coronavirus outbreak has caused panic buying

(Newser) - Criminals in Hong Kong have plumbed new depths amid the coronavirus outbreak and the associated panic-buying. Police say three masked men armed with knives threatened a deliveryman before stealing around 600 rolls of toilet paper from outside a supermarket early Monday, the South China Morning Post reports. Shortages—and rumors...

16 Hours, 27.4K Rolls of TP, and a Possible World Record

Michigan high school's robotics team hopes Guinness OKs world's tallest toilet paper pyramid

(Newser) - When Maxton Herst was a freshman at Michigan's Bullock Creek High School, he left YouTube on autoplay one day, and one of the videos that popped up showed something that piqued his interest: the world's tallest toilet-paper pyramid. Per , he brought up the idea with fellow...

Americans' Love Affair With TP Is Flushing Forests Down the Toilet: Report

New report says US producers need to start using alternative fibers

(Newser) - The average American uses nearly three rolls of toilet paper per week—which means Canada's forests are quite literally going down the toilet. Leading US toilet paper, tissue paper, and paper towel brands use only virgin fiber pulp for their products, and that pulp comes mostly from the old...

US Embassy Seeks Buyer for 1.2K Toilet Paper Rolls

Used car, broken vacuums also available at auction

(Newser) - Anyone in need of a lifetime supply of toilet paper should get in touch with the State Department. The US Embassy in London, which recently moved to a new building from the one it kept for more than 200 years, is cleaning house of the usual office gear: tables, chairs,...

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