Fun facts about Toilet Paper. (via groc)
- Before toilet paper came along, a wide variety of substitutes were used. The Vikings used discarded sheep's wool ... Spanish and Portugese sailors used the frayed end of an anchor cable ... the Americans used corn cobs and mussel shells ... the Hawaiians used (what else!) coconuts ... the Eskimos used (what else!) snow ... and, naturellement, French Royalty used lace. Attention aux doigts!
- Toilet paper first appeared in C14th China, for the use of its Emperors, each sheet measuring two feet by three feet. One can only imagine the long and agonising wait for the invention of perforations.
- The toilet paper of 1930 was gaily advertised as "splinter-free!" ... again, one can only imagine, etc.
- The toilet paper of 1931 was advertised by means of a chirpy character called "Mr. Thirsty Fibre". No, I agree, don't even think about it.
- This must have set some sort of precedent. In 1964, the most recognised name in the US was Richard Nixon, followed by Billy Graham. The third most recognised name: "Mr. Whipple", a character who advertised toilet paper. Politics, religion and poo: the pre-occupations of a nation revealed.