Austria’s postal service has united two aspects of the coronavirus pandemic in a stamp printed on toilet paper that people can also, at a push, use for social distancing.
The €2.75 (£2.50) “corona stamp” comes in sheets 10cm wide, or a tenth of the 1-metre distance that the government advises members of the public to keep apart from each other, symbolised in official campaigns by a baby elephant.
“If you put 10 stamp sheets end to end, you get a metre’s distance in total – or the length of a baby elephant. The famous baby animal is also printed on the stamp,” Österreichische Post said in a statement on Friday.
The novelty item is printed on three-ply toilet paper, in reference to the hoarding that occurred earlier this year, an urge that has recently started rearing its head again.
Österreichische Post has poked fun at current events before. In January it issued a Brexit stamp with the previously planned date of Britain’s departure from the European Union, 29 March 2019, crossed out and the new date of 31 January 2020 underneath – an apparent wink at the drawn-out negotiations.