By Tanner Pipins - Entertainment Editor
The earliest reference to the bidet dates back to the early 1700s of French royalty. The invention of the bidet is credited to a French craftsmen who installed a porcelain bowl (filled with water) into a wooden chair that would be
placed near their noble’s chamber pots. “Bidet,” which translates in French to “small horse” or “pony,” refers to the way you would straddle the bowl, similar to riding a horse. Since it was, at that time, more labor-intensive to gather enough water to fill the entire bathtub, servants would fill a bowl and place it bedside so the French aristocrats could “spot clean” smaller areas.
Somehow between then and now, Americans have remained out of touch with the growing technology of bathroom hygiene. However, globally, areas like South America, Europe and Asia embrace and even accessorize their porcelain thrones.
In NPR’s Newsletter you can find an excerpt from “Why America is Losing the Toilet Race” where reporter Greg Rosalsky describes toilets in Japan as “marvels of technological innovation.”
A Japanese toilet company known as Toto, prides itself on being the world’s largest toilet manufacturer and leading the race on bringing comfort and functionality to the commode. Features like: heated seats, air deodorizers, backrests, remote controller and motion activated lids are just a few of the items that come standard to approximately 80% of the homes and hotels in Japan. On the higher end of Toto’s showroom you can purchase toilets that also feature night lights and a sound panel known as the Otohime or “The Sound Princess.” This panel
is fully customizable and can emit white noise to ensure relaxation and privacy during your go. Toto’s newest dual flushing toilet comes with all the bells and whistles and is currently being sold for about $17,000.
By Beverly Agbor - Staff Writer
Netflix has a treasure trove of terrific movies to stream right now, but if you are looking for more than just a two-hour commitment, Netflix also has a boatload of great television shows to delve into for weeks on end.
Below, we have rounded up the Top 10 most binge-worthy shows on Netflix right now.
#10 - The Office
The Office is one of the most rewatchable and popular sitcoms in history. Steve Carell plays an annoying, occasionally offensive, boss of a paper company in a small town. This show gives Carell one of the best performances in television history.
#9 - El Dragon: The Return of a Warrior
The Spanish language crime drama series shows the return of a warrior. It follows a handsome, charismatic and successful businessman who suddenly has to uproot his calm life in Japan to take over the family cartel in Mexico.
#8 - Better Call Saul
This original series is a prequel to the events of Breaking Bad that chronicles how the scrappy Jimmy McGill eventually became Saul Goodman.
#7 - Locke and Key
This long-awaited adaption of the graphic novel Locke and Key follows three siblings who move in with their mom following their father’s murder, only to discover her ancestral estate holds various doors and abilities.
#6 - Gentefied
This original series follows three Mexican-American cousins who struggle to keep their grandfather’s Los Angeles-based taco shop open in face of gentrification.
#5 - Narcos
This series explores the illegal drug trade in Mexico and takes place in the 1980s.
#4 - She’s Gotta Have It
Nomi is an artist who doesn’t play by anyone’s rules while juggling three lovers in this Spike Lee series.
#3 - Family Reunion
This series shows how a family moves from their hometown to the country in order to live with their grandparents and the different challenges they face.
#2 - Pose
This show explores different segments of life in the LGBT community.
#1 - Love is Blind
The buzzy Netflix original reality series Love is Blind puts men and women together to look for love and get engaged - all without meeting in person.
By Laura Huskey - Staff Writer
1. Being small allows you to be good at hide-and-seek
Hobbits have an average height of 3’6”. Imagine being small enough to hide in the most remote places. You would easily be the hide-and-seek champion of the year.
2. You won’t have to buy shoes
Hobbits have no need to wear shoes. The amount of money you could save if you didn’t have to constantly buy shoes would allow you to spend money on other things you enjoy.
3. You will be able to have a small, adorable home
Hobbits often live in hillsides, and in the case of the Shire, they decorate their homes to give them a quaint and cottage-like feeling. Not only would your home likely be cool in the summer, but it would also be the envy of all of your friends who have normal homes.
4. You get to eat multiple meals a day
Hobbits eat seven meals a day, which never leaves time to be hungry. Starting from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., almost every other hour is devoted to eating a well-deserved meal. Hobbits are all about comfort.
5. You will be able to live sustainably
Despite hobbits being focused on comfort, they know how to farm and grow their own food. By doing so, they keep a social community and know where their food is coming from. If we were to do this more often, we could improve the status of our own Earth.
6. You get to relax and have celebrations almost constantly
Hobbits celebrate Highday on the seventh and last day of every week, with evening feasts. Not only is there something to look forward to every week, but birthdays are always in high demand as well. When you know everyone around you, you are always invited. There’s always a reason to celebrate.
7. You experience the joy of giving gifts
Gift-giving is an important aspect of being a hobbit. Gifts are often given as a form of payment. On birthdays, the birthday celebrant is the one who gives gifts to everyone else. Because of this, hobbits are always happy to give and to receive.