I'm thankful today for toilet paper and indoor plumbing. Oh yes I am.
Yes. Toilet paper is what I am thankful for today. And indoor plumbing.
I went onto the interwebs to see what I could find out about the history of toilet paper. Here is what I found.
Different things that people have used for toilet paper...
- corncobs (in the movie Babies a corncob is used to wipe a babies bum)
- sponges on the ends of sticks that were kept in jars of salt water
- mussel shells
- the left hand. (There is a scene in the movie Outsourced where the guy is looking for toilet paper and is basically instructed to use his left hand.)
- Pages from catalogs such as Sears and Robuck and the Farmers Almanac.
I am so thankful that I have that lovely soft, white paper.
Honestly there is a good part of the world that does not have this luxury (see the first example of corn cob usage).
Did you know that back in the day one of the selling points for a specific type of TP was that it was "Splinter Free"????
(I found the above fascinating info HERE)
Did you know that according to a Kimberly Clark Survey when it comes to how we use toilet paper that women are "wadders" and men are "folders"? (You can find this and a bunch more interesting facts about TP HERE.)
Plus if we didn't have TP then we wouldn't have all those awesome TP rolls to get all crafty with, now would we??
These heads made by French artist Junior Jacqeut are pretty cool
Go HERE to see more.
And these amazing works of art by another French artist
Check HERE to see others.
And finally this tree crafted from aTP roll by Artist Yuken Teruya
(Who I'm thankful is not French so I didn't make an unfair observation.)
I am also very thankful for indoor plumbing because it means when I feel the call of nature in the middle of the night or in the middle of winter I don't have to haul myself out to one of these.....
and have a constant fear of being attacked by The Flukeman.
Instead I get to use this awesome Avocado green toilet.
P.S. I know that the debate
"Over vs. Under"
rages on in bathrooms around the world.
I don't care if it rolls over or under.
Just replace the roll!!