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Can’t You Hear Can’t You Hear the Thunder

At the Rotary International Convention in Sydney, I was lucky to attend a lively discussion about shit. Because Jack Sim says, “When we’re children, our parents tell us not to talk about shit.”

Jack Sim is known around the world as Mr. Toilet, founder of the World Toilet Organization. His mission is simple: give every person on earth a pot to shit in.



A portion of today’s proceeds from the sale of my novel To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis will go to the WTO to fund toilets. So copy and share the following across all social media today: Fund toilets and buy something to read while you shit!


Currently, there are more mobile phones on earth than toilets. But Jack Sim wants to change that. By partnering with organizations like Rotary International, he hopes to transform the toilet into a status symbol, one that will entice people to put their shit in its proper place.

(He says ‘shit’ a lot.)

Water and sanitation initiatives are one of Rotary’s six areas of focus. Every November 19, Rotarians around the world participate in the “Big Squat,” depicting people forced to use nature as a toilet, because that’s all they have. To learn more about how Rotarians are improving water and sanitation around the world, visit


7 Comments Post a comment
  1. tarakianwarrior #

    Going to be using an outhouse this weekend – wish I had a toilet! Ha. We’ve been working on the toilet at the cabin for awhile…hopefully we can use it….

    June 6, 2014
  2. Fundamentally, the primary issue is what the toilet connects to. Heck, there are a lot of cities in America that don’t do that very well.

    June 6, 2014
  3. We take ever so much for granted, don’t we?

    June 6, 2014
  4. this really is a huge need and fantastic cause )

    June 6, 2014
  5. Top shit…:)

    June 7, 2014
  6. I have to admit this isn’t a topic I’ve given much consideration to, but I guess sanitation and toilets do go, well, I was going to say “hand in hand” but obviously that doesn’t work! Good job, Rotarians! And you’re such an excellent ambassador. All kidding aside, this really is an important need, and i never though, once again, about the ratio between cell phones and a basic toilet!

    June 7, 2014
  7. Man! I keep forgetting you’re back to posting every day. So I totally missed this!

    June 9, 2014

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