Here's Why People Are Debating Bath Towels on Social Media
It would be surprising no matter what, but given the chaos in the White House, it's shocking that the weirdest thing happening on social media over the long Presidents' Day weekend has been a debate about bath towels...
It would be surprising no matter what, but given the chaos in the White House, it's shocking that the weirdest thing happening on social media over the long Presidents' Day weekend has been a debate about bath towels. The bath towel debate has turned into a hydra on Twitter. Every time you think you've lopped off a head, two more grow in its place.
It started with the user @Advil, who asked followers for input on a debate they were having with their girlfriend. "What is the correct number of towels to own?" they wrote. It's open-ended but also feels like a Family Feud question. There's a small range of answers most people will give and that's about it. Right?
hello fellow adults. my gf and i have a question... what is the correct amount of towels to own? i said 10 and she looked at me like i was crazy. we have zero frame of reference on the appropriate amount of towels in a household of two.— abdul (@Advil) February 17, 2019
There was a boatload of responses. One that garnered a lot of feedback came from Huffington Post writer Yashar Ali, who suggested you should own a whole lot of towels and capped it off with "preferably more."
That tweet raised very legitimate concerns. Does he have an entire room of the house dedicate to towels? What the hell is a bath sheet? What is the proper people-to-towel ratio? People on Twitter had a lot of opinions.
The true cost of towel-ownership is the space it takes up, not the price of the towels, so the appropriate amount to own is a function of local housing costs.— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) February 18, 2019
owning a lot of towels is for:— libby watson (@libbycwatson) February 18, 2019
1) very rich people
2) parents, but only after you leave home and yet all the towels are 15 years old and torn somehow
Why wasteful? Either you own a few towels and wash them repeatedly or own a lot and wash them all at once at the end of a few weeks. I'd rather run the machine once than over and over.— rabia O'chaudry (@rabiasquared) February 18, 2019
Just checked Amazon. They’re out of towels. All the towels are gone. Hope y’all got your towels in a safe place. Hold your towels tight— elan gale (@theyearofelan) February 18, 2019
I’m really confused by all these tweets about how many towels you should own like it’s a choice instead of just a number you arbitrarily end up with after years of moves and hand-me-downs and stealing from hotels and people leaving them in your car after camping trips.— Erin For President (@erinscafe) February 18, 2019
Discussion over bath sheets became its own thing entirely.
So the answer seems to be: a bath sheet is a beach towel for people who can trace their lineage directly to Queen Margarethe of Denmark— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) February 18, 2019
The partner of @Advil, @annathropolgy, doesn't look like she'll be weighing in with what they've decided is the correct answer. Guess you just have to go with whatever number sparks joy.