I am sure you must be thinking that Toilet paper is not even a topic to communicate about. But after going through the post that emphasizes on astounding innovations that the world has seen throughout history, I am sure you will be amused by the ordinary product.
How toilet paper came into existence?
The first recorded use of the toilet paper was in China in the 6th century but the Chinese government didn’t start producing until the 14th century. Since then, it is used every day by most people across the globe. Understandably, it isn’t something that we tend to talk about but overall it is quite an interesting topic to talk about.
So what did folks use before toilet paper?
I am sure bathroom needs were taken into account even before the introduction of Toilet papers. Well, it depended to some degree on your social status and your geographical location. I mean if you were wealthy then you might use wool, or a soft – and washable – rag whereas, Ancient Romans used sponges on sticks and then soaked in water.
In case, if you were not so well off, then the most common thing to do was simply grab a fistful of grass, leaves or straw to do what needed to be done. In certain parts of the world, going to the toilet always meant just going to the nearest river or stream and letting the current carry the waste away and wiping was done with the help of hand and water. And that’s the reason why in countries like India and other middle east it is considered offensive to eat or pass food at the table with your left hand – because that’s the one that you would use in the river.
In fact, even today in European countries the use of toilet paper is considered dirty and unhygienic.
Used in more than just the bathroom
It may quite interest you to know that during Desert Storm, the U.S. Army camouflaged their tanks with colored toilet paper. In addition to this, the chairman even sponsored a contest to design and make wedding dresses out of toilet paper where the winner actually received $2,000.
Have you heard about the famous Japanese horror novelist, yes the one who wrote: “The Ring” printed an entire novel on a single roll of toilet paper? The novel takes place in a public bathroom and the story is about three feet long.
They are used more than you’d think
The world population makes use of nearly 30,000 trees every day in toilet paper. Which means we are using around 10 million trees each year in toilet paper. Americans make use of 8.6 sheets of toilet paper on an average while having each trip to the bathroom.
Even though it’s never a topic of conversation you thought you’d have, several posts, write-ups you will come across emphasizing on a lot of fun facts about toilet paper in the world. For instance, did you know that the average amount of time a toilet paper roll lasts in the most used bathroom of a house is 5 days? Also, is there any “right” and “wrong” way to hang a roll of toilet paper? 72% of people hang the toilet paper roll with the end of the paper roll going over the top, which is considered the “right” way.
Bathroom in space
According to National Air and Space Museum, one of the most common questions asked to astronauts is how they manage to relieve themselves in space. After all, many of us are not well aware of the months of research and testing that goes into preparing a maintenance-free bathroom facility. In the given amount of time, Astronauts are trained to earn how to properly sit and stay in place on a $30 million space toilet—in addition to all the intricate details—costs quickly add up. Nothing is overlooked even the space shuttles’ toilet paper.
Of course, not all types of businesses would subject to washroom products online, but the story does serve to highlight just how important these products are.