A local man has gone to extraordinary lengths to debunk a long-held myth around who should be responsible for the lifting and/or lowering of the household toilet seat on a day-to-day basis. Loving husband, and father to two, Tom Innes created and maintained a detailed Excel spreadsheet that served as something of a “toilet log” to monitor the frequency of visits to the toilet in his family home.

After harvesting just over two years of data, Innes then presented the findings to his wife in an attempt to challenge her steadfast house rule of ensuring that the toilet seat was always put down after use. Despite the presentation of a very solid and fact-driven case, Innes was left dismayed when his wife flatly dismissed the proposal that the toilet seat should, in fact, now always be left in the last position in which it was used.

Reflecting on the failed bid, Innes said, “I mounted such a solid case. There was scientific evidence, data, energy use comparisons, the works, but she still bloody knocked it back. It’s a shame really.”

Asked to elaborate on the claims behind his in-depth study, Innes said, “The evidence was clear really. On average, the males in the house visit the toilet 23% more times during the day, so that alone means that the toilet should more often be configured to accommodate the most common use. Then it’s the discussion around the fact it’s so much easier, physically, to drop the toilet seat than it is to raise it. So, from an energy expenditure point of view it makes more sense to just leave the seat up.”