a thought experiment
August 11, 2010
Let’s do a thought experiment. Thought experiments are fun.
Okay, I may be stretching the definition of “fun” here.
Anyway, this thought experiment may not be on par with Schrodinger’s Cat, but let’s get real—how many of us have a sealed box, some radioactive material, and a cat?
I’ve never even owned a cat.
So this is the thought experiment. Given the following two scenarios:
[Notice, it’s the big stall, with all the space, the toilet is higher, you don’t brush your arms against the stall walls, the plunger is “handier,” and all that. But. But the giant cheese wheel toilet paper dispenser is empty, and the replacement roll (as big as a roll of hay on a farm) is just sitting on the hand rail. That is, you’ll have to wrestle a toilet paper roll that’s almost as big as you.]
[Notice, it’s the small stall, your elbows will definitely brush the walls, the toilet is lower to the ground (so your knees are up in your face), and, though you can’t see it in the picture, the flush power is like half the power of the toilet in the big stall, and the plunger (which you’re more likely to have to use, on account of the reduced flush power and all) is a bit harder to get to. Maybe even awkward to get to, if the other stall is occupied. But. But the giant cheese wheel toilet paper roll is fully stocked and functional. Fully.]
Which stall do you choose?