Then along comes Joe Smith, a lawyer and sometime state politician in Oregon. In 2012, he gave a TEDx talk about how to dry your hands after washing them in a public washroom using only one paper towel, even the flimsy recycled kind, thus saving millions of pounds of paper towel a year.
Feel free to watch his 4.5-minute presentation (it’s not particularly entertaining), but the technique is this:
- Shake your hands 12 times after washing.
- Take a piece of paper towel and fold it in half before using.
- Voila! Dry hands.
threatened promised to give another TED talk on how to use one square of toilet paper. I don’t know whether he’s given it yet, — I haven’t been able to find it online. I’ll bet it gives ID doctors the heebie-jeebies, but it put me in mind of the “I don’t have a square to spare” episode of Seinfeld (which is entertaining).