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Origin of Toilet Paper

Both interesting and disgusting, Sleep Stranger. You have WAY too much free time
As important as it's become it's possible one of the most overlooked items in the house
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    1Prior to toilet paper rags were commonly used, along with hay, leaves, moss, shells and even rocks. In the public bathrooms of ancient Rome a sponge on a stick resting in saltwater was used...and reus

  • 2Hygienic paper originated in Asia with accounts of using paper in China and Korea dating back to the 6th century Make Your Case
  • 3The first officially reported use of toilet paper was by the Chinese Emperor in 1391. Only royalty had access to the 2 ft x 3 ft pieces of paper Make Your Case
  • 4In the 1700s colonial Americans used corn cobs to clean up, later replaced by newspapers and catalogues. French royalty used lace Make Your Case
  • 5In 1857, New Yorker Joseph Gayetty introduced the first packaged Toilet Tissue in the US with a package of 500 sheets selling for $0.50. Called "Therapeutic Paper" it contained an abundance of aloe to Make Your Case
  • 6Toilet paper was first manufactured in England around 1880 Make Your Case
  • 7The Scott Paper Co. introduced toilet paper on a roll in 1890 and began their own mass production of it in 1910. It was considered a medical item Make Your Case
  • 8Toilet paper continued to have an issue with "splinters" until sometime in the 1930s Make Your Case
  • 92-ply toilet paper was introduced in England in 1942 by St. Andrews Paper Mill Make Your Case
  • 10In 1955 Scott advertises toilet tissue on TV for the first time Make Your Case
  • 11Throughout India and in Islamic cultures toilet paper isn't used and wiping is done exclusively with the left hand. The hand is then cleaned as well, but it's considered rude to eat with this hand as
    A bit of a generalization since no one really asks too much about what someone does in the bathroom. This WAS accepted fact at one time for certain, though

  • 12This also adds reason for shaking hands with the right and not the left hand throughout the world Make Your Case

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