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Author's Note: Are courtesy flushes useful -- or healthy?

I wish I had ample science and in-depth New Yorker features weighing the pros and cons of the courtesy flush. And while it's not prudent to cite anecdotal sources, I do encourage you -- should you maintain an abiding interest in courtesy flushes after reading this article -- to take a cursory search through some less stringently vetted Web sites to learn more about the rather divisive issues surrounding the issue. And we'll all pray that the mainstream media will soon take an interest in finding out the truth about the courtesy flush.

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