Bathroom mirror selfies are ubiquitous on social media, and for Alex, last Friday was no exception.
That's when he posted this seemingly innocuous and fun loving pic to Twitter:
And while most Americans who saw the photo likely thought little of it, it was the last straw for Londoner Jad.
He had to get to the bottom of an issue that clearly had been eating at him for a while:
It seems that, compared to the bathrooms in the U.K., the layouts in the U.S. tend to be strangely similar.
Either that, or Americans are part of a massive Twitter-based conspiracy...
American bathrooms either all look the same or people are travelling to the same house to use that same room 😂— Jad (@jadinho123) March 11, 2018
To some people, their bathroom layout is so familiar they couldn't understand was Jad was on about:
What he means is that the mirror is always set in the same place relative to everything else in the bathroom. We always see the bathroom door in same position in the background.— Zwi (@Ramzwi) March 12, 2018
I feel like if you were from England you'd understand, but from every picture I see on Twitter of someone in America the bathroom is always very similar— jord (@Thehungrymolex) March 13, 2018
Ahhh okay gotcha my bathroom at home is like that too so ya I guess it’s just an American thing lol— jerky (@av0nselfies) March 12, 2018
Once everyone was on the same page, it became clear Jad was onto something:
You’re not wrong lmaooo I live in America and almost every house I’ve been to has that mirror setup— ܝܘܢܬܢ (@yona_menasheh) March 11, 2018
But it turns out not all American bathrooms are the same:
They really don’t lmao. My mirror is in front of the shower and the door is to the left when facing the mirror.— H ✨ (@dreamersolace) March 12, 2018
One person offered a pretty reasonable explanation:
it’s just all the ones who live in the suburbs it’s essentially living in a community of copy and pasted houses and they’re everywhere— Maddi (@maddiharwi) March 12, 2018
But what's with all those doors?!
why are there so many doors to the bathroom, that's my question— nick 🌧️ (@oddlynicc) March 11, 2018
And there's a very simple, very real reason for them:
u know when ur sprinting to the bathroom, u can now sprint from literally any room in the house bc it more than likely leads to the bathroom— targia (@targiacheyeanne) March 11, 2018
Every American house is 100% set up like this:
plot twist: their house has a total of five rooms: the bathroom and four other rooms, each branching from one of the bathroom walls. that way, there's always a 100% chance that the door leads to the bathroom— nick 🌧️ (@oddlynicc) March 11, 2018
Though it took a little while, the Americans on Twitter eventually accepted Jad spoke the truth:
The real challenge will now be trying not to think about America's identical bathrooms the next time you're on the toilet.