Tweeters have been alternately fretting and snarking all day as news of a potential global diaper shortage spreads. The odoriferous disaster could occur thanks to an explosion Saturday at a chemical plant in the Japanese city of Himeji. Owned by the Nippon Shokubai Company, the plant produces 20% of the world’s supply of superabsorbent polymers (SAP) and 10% of the  world’s acrylic acid. Both of these compounds are very, very important for the manufacture of disposable diapers.

Many people are legitimately worried about what could happen as the price spikes hit the fan.

Plenty of people are also taking the opportunity to promote cloth diapers.

…and diaper producers are trying to reassure a nervous public.

Of course, some people were just too busy laughing to worry about the impending smelliness that could bring society to its knees.

In all seriousness, though, there is more to this story than diapers. The explosion was a genuine disaster and our hearts should go out to the victims:

  • Maria

    I’ll be stocking up on condoms then!

    In all seriousness though, my heart goes out to the firefighter who was killed fighting the plant fire and the firefighter’s family as well as to those injured.

  • Postbackxp

    Wow you mean if it was real women would have to use cloth diapers.

    No problem conservative women would cope get though it maybe even
    start a new business how to use cloth diapers for libs. .

    Lib women would be up to their armpits in baby dodo and demand
    a bail-out.

  • peteee363

    what about those elderly folks who DEPEND on their undergarments? might they need to worry about this too?

  • BeeKaaay

    There is no way for there to be a diaper shortage. You see, that requires people to actually have babies.

    In today’s selfish amoral society, people, especially leftists, are contracepting, aborting, homosexualizing and euthanizing themselves out of existence.

    So no diapers are needed, either at the young or old.

  • orringtonmom (D)

    so i’m assuming that we have agreed as a entire planet to give up on problem solving and just thrust it into panic mode every chance we get, right? ok, got it… good to know.

  • AMERICAN Kafirâ„¢(KAdams)

    What’s wrong with cloth diapers? Should give a boost to the ‘Di-Dee-Wash’ diaper services. Lucky me, I had a brother and sister 10 years younger, one each from my parents, after they split and remarried ( I had 2 sets of parents). I got educated with both cloth and disposables. Go me.