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Old 9th March 2020, 06:33 PM   #81
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It was time to replenish. I usually buy a 12 pack.(beer or TP.) But they only had a couple bales of 24. Looks like I won't have to saw paper towel rolls in half to fit the bathroom dispenser.
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Old 9th March 2020, 08:32 PM   #82
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Originally Posted by deadrose View Post
And why is there a run on hand sanitizer but not on soap? It's more effective. You don't need gallons of hand sanitizer if you're washing your hands and using sanitizer as a backup when water isn't available.
Very hard to carry enough water & towels to wash with when you're away from home.
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Old 9th March 2020, 08:33 PM   #83
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Originally Posted by deadrose View Post
I'm fairly annoyed by these idiots. I don't panic-buy things, so if shelves are still being stripped by the time we run out of our current Costco pack, I'll be very unhappy.

And why is there a run on hand sanitizer but not on soap? It's more effective. You don't need gallons of hand sanitizer if you're washing your hands and using sanitizer as a backup when water isn't available.

The market for soap has always been about 100% of the population, while a ton of new people are unexpectedly getting into sanitizer now and it overwhelmed supply. Once the empty store effect hits then the run is on.
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Old 10th March 2020, 04:24 AM   #84
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Originally Posted by The Atheist View Post
Very hard to carry enough water & towels to wash with when you're away from home.
If you are out in the bush yes, but if you are in a building a toilet is not far away.

I prefer Suddenly's idea that normally very few people buy sanitizer. Now most people want to buy it.

I went into a supermarket today. Noticed a few extra spaces on the shelves. That is apart from no loo paper at all. I predict it would be at least a month before loo paper is back on the shelves every day.
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Old 10th March 2020, 06:05 AM   #85
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Our university, with a prominent medical school, is heavily involved in local planning for an outbreak. We also have a very large Asian student body, and we’re already seeing flyers warning against racist behavior...
Our captain yesterday advised that the situation with emergency supplies is such that if we, the police department, orders more hand sanitizer and masks and gloves.... Chances are we’ll be disappointed.
But, the university itself has pre-arranged contracts for such things, and so we have to go through the university’s procurement program.

Recently, our department allowed officer to grow more facial hair.... Goatees and such. Unfortunately, the high-level masks will not work with such, so the lads may have to shave...

So far, we just have a couple of cases in the St. Louis area, and I’ve seen no signs of panic buying....Yet. I’ll do my weekly shopping shortly and we’ll see.
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Old 10th March 2020, 06:41 AM   #86
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But hand snitizers don't even work on viruses do they?
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Old 10th March 2020, 06:48 AM   #87
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Originally Posted by casebro View Post
But hand snitizers don't even work on viruses do they?
There's no bringing sense into it. People want to panic and they want to imagine they can take action.

I'm thinking of selling people blue string to wear around their wrists, to focus positive healthful energies.
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Old 10th March 2020, 06:49 AM   #88
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Originally Posted by TragicMonkey View Post
I'm thinking of selling people blue string to wear around their wrists, to focus positive healthful energies.
"Medical studies show our product to be 70% more effective than plain white string."

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Originally Posted by Dave Rogers View Post
"Medical studies show our product to be 70% more effective than plain white string."

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It makes sense because blue focuses the energy of the moon, whereas white is for the sun.
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Dammit! I just bought a truckload of green string! I'm ruined!
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I think we're overthinking this. I think when disease outbreaks happen some part of our old reptilian brain just defaults to worrying about generic, general "cleanliness" and that triggers "bathroom" in some people's mental processes.

I also wonder if this really is a thing. My and the wife were grocery shopping and the shelves were gone of hand sanitizers and Lysol style disinfectants but I don't remember the toilet paper aisle being all that threadbare.
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Old 10th March 2020, 07:13 AM   #92
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But hand snitizers don't even work on viruses do they?

Not if you're trying to sanitize the viruses' hands, they don't! Otherwise, they're fine if the alcohol content is high enough.
You Might Be Buying a Hand Sanitizer That Wonít Work for Coronavirus: Sanitizers that donít contain the CDCís recommended minimum of 60% alcohol are flying off store shelves. (Mother Jones, March , 2020)
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I think these should be rationed to people who need them. Like prescription only. I did see a mother with her two children on the bus today wearing them. One of the children had taken her off in the bus, thus making it useless. Worse they were obviously not wearing them properly as I could see holes where air could get into the mouth without going through the mask. I did want to say to the mother "If your children are sick they should at home. If they are not sick they should not be wearing a mask." But I have more sense than that to do so.

They come in handy if you have very ugly children!
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Half the patients/visitors in the waiting area at the place I work are wearing face masks.

About half of them have them pulled down so they don't cover their nose.
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Originally Posted by JoeMorgue View Post
I think we're overthinking this. I think when disease outbreaks happen some part of our old reptilian brain just defaults to worrying about generic, general "cleanliness" and that triggers "bathroom" in some people's mental processes.

I also wonder if this really is a thing. My and the wife were grocery shopping and the shelves were gone of hand sanitizers and Lysol style disinfectants but I don't remember the toilet paper aisle being all that threadbare.
Yeah, same here. I guess people around here don't care about the apocalypse, lol. Toilet paper is available in both the supermarket and the dollar store at this time. It doesn't look much more picked-over than usual.
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So, for those who can't find enough toilet paper, how about:


https://www.homedepot.ca/product/bio...E&gclsrc=aw.ds
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So, for those who can't find enough toilet paper, how about:


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It makes sense because blue focuses the energy of the moon, whereas white is for the sun.
Neither one will be very effective unless your product also includes rare earth magnets. I thought this was supposed to be a science forum.
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But hand snitizers don't even work on viruses do they?
I know it's a typo, but I like that word. It just cries out for an actual definition. Seems like it would describe a sort of person.
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Half the patients/visitors in the waiting area at the place I work are wearing face masks.

About half of them have them pulled down so they don't cover their nose.

That is reassuring! It means that they probably aren't going to rob you.
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I know it's a typo, but I like that word. It just cries out for an actual definition. Seems like it would describe a sort of person.

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Beaches of NJ checking in: have not seen a single mask worn, hand sanitizer seems normally stocked, tp also seems normal.

In important news, and I kid you not, Corona beer is like 33% off.
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Just been to the shops today; stocks of toilet paper are low, lots of empty shelves but not completely sold out. Painkillers also low, as are thermometers.

I also seem to be getting a cold, which is not the best thing to have at this time.
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I have to go pick up an Rx for my wife. Guess I'll see what else I can get.
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I order shopping online for delivery, and did so today. I thought I'd stock up a little on loo paper, not because of any worries about Covid-19, but because I didn't want to be left without loo paper because everyone else is buying the hell out of it. Which is the absurd logic of these things, I guess.

Anyway, turns out the shop was only allowing two packs of loo rolls per customer. Similar limits in place on pretty much anything with "antibacterial" in the name, too.
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Beaches of NJ checking in: have not seen a single mask worn, hand sanitizer seems normally stocked, tp also seems normal.

In important news, and I kid you not, Corona beer is like 33% off.


Saw a post on Facebook. A beer store was offering free rolls of toilet paper with every case of Corona.
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I order shopping online for delivery, and did so today. I thought I'd stock up a little on loo paper, not because of any worries about Covid-19, but because I didn't want to be left without loo paper because everyone else is buying the hell out of it. Which is the absurd logic of these things, I guess.

Anyway, turns out the shop was only allowing two packs of loo rolls per customer. Similar limits in place on pretty much anything with "antibacterial" in the name, too.
Sales are up for Harry Potter and the Antibacterial Amulet.
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An Australian woman tried to order 48 rolls of TP from "Who Gives A Crap" but accidentally ordered 48 cases.
I see it as a business opportunity for her.
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An Australian woman tried to order 48 rolls of TP from "Who Gives A Crap" but accidentally ordered 48 cases.
I see it as a business opportunity for her.
She can finally eat an entire can of Pringles potato chips!
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She can finally eat an entire can of Pringles potato chips!
Even the Olestra ones!

Nitpick: Pringles are called "crisps", not "potato chips". Because the latter have to be made from actual potatoes.
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Even the Olestra ones!

Nitpick: Pringles are called "crisps", not "potato chips". Because the latter have to be made from actual potatoes.
I refuse to call anything "crisps". It sounds effete and British. I don't mind sounding effete but one must draw the line somewhere, my dear chap.
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An Australian woman tried to order 48 rolls of TP from "Who Gives A Crap" but accidentally ordered 48 cases.
I see it as a business opportunity for her.
Now the company is out of stock of TP. Has been for a week or more.
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I'm pretty sure this is mostly media-spread hysteria. A news report about people buying lots of TP somewhere . . . "What? I didn't even think of TP! I better get some too!" There's no rhyme or reason why people now have to have months of TP at home. Around here, bottled water is also flying off the shelves, which I think makes even less sense than TP.

Why do people panic about some things, but not all similar things? I think the answer is the amount of media coverage the panic itself receives.

Also: This kind of thing really brings out humanity's true colors. "I want all the TP! You get no TP! I will fight you for your TP!"
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Now the company is out of stock of TP. Has been for a week or more.
She can jack up the price!
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I heard a rumour somewhere that doomsday shoppers are stocking up on cat litter. I must confess though, today I bout a little extra beer. OK, maybe a lotta extra beer.
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I heard a rumour somewhere that doomsday shoppers are stocking up on cat litter.
I hope it's because they have cats, and not because they got beaten to the punch of stocking toilet paper and decided to poop in an alternative manner.
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I hope it's because they have cats, and not because they got beaten to the punch of stocking toilet paper and decided to poop in an alternative manner.
I hope so to. There might be some secret cure for the virus made up of cat litter, hand sanitizer and toilet paper and if there is, it must be on Facebook which I don't use.

Facebook that is, I don't use Facebook. Or for that matter cat litter or hand sanitizer. I use toilet paper, but not much anymore that I got the bidet which is great, o r will be great once I get the water pressure issues figured out because right now, it's like sitting atop Old Faithful.
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I heard a rumour somewhere that doomsday shoppers are stocking up on cat litter.
All I know is, if I run out of cat food, I'll be dead within a day. Preceded by a lot of warning howls.
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Old 10th March 2020, 04:25 PM   #119
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Originally Posted by Stout View Post
I heard a rumour somewhere that doomsday shoppers are stocking up on cat litter.....
umm, something it is an ingredient in? explosives or a nutritional supplement? Some of it is Bentonite clay, if as a prepper you want to make green sand for a post-apocalyptic foundry.

Or maybe it is just a dryer, to absorb moisture so you can pack guns away for long term storage? Why not use toilet paper, kill two birds with one swipe?
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We've got a week or two supply of cat food and litter. Then I'll have to venture out. The sale on cat food lasts until nearly the end of the month, so that's good.
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