Friday, March 23, 2007

Thank goodness for Charmin!

A lot about our society is not so great....but you know what is great? Toilet Paper! This is part of a larger story on the origin of toilet paper. Click on the link above to read the full story, and thanks to Scott T for passing this along to me. Oh, and Happy Friday!

What did people use before toilet paper was invented?

*Newsprint, paper catalogue pages in early US


*Hayballs, Scraper/gompf stick kept in container by the privy in the Middle Ages


*Discarded sheep's wool in the Viking Age, England


*Frayed end of an old anchor cable was used by sailing crews from Spain and Portugal


*Medieval Europe- Straw, hay, grass, gompf stick


*Corn cobs, Sears Roebuck catalog, mussel shell, newspaper, leaves, sand- United States


*Water and your left hand, India


*Pages from a book, British Lords


*Coconut shells in early Hawaii


*Lace was used by French Royalty


*Public Restrooms in Ancient Rome- A sponge soaked in salt water, on the end of a stick


*The Wealthy in Ancient Rome-Wool and Rosewater


*French Royalty-lace, hemp


*Hemp & wool were used by the elite citizens of the world


*Defecating in the river was very common internationally


*Bidet, France


*Snow and Tundra Moss were used by early Eskimos

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