Ever feel like not working. That was me yesterday, so I didn’t. Well I did not do much. My Something to Think About reflects my lack of effort. You could say it is a “throw away” piece.It’s about toilet paper. It came in an email about “Toilet Paper Trivia,” so these facts must be true.
The first recorded use of toilet paper was in 6th Century China. By the 14th Century, the Chinese government was mass-producing it. Packaged toilet paper wasn’t sold in the United States until 1857. The man who introduced packaged TP to the U.S., had his name printed on every sheet. Global toilet paper demand uses nearly 30,000 trees every day. That’s 10 million trees a year.
It wasn’t until 1935 that a manufacturer was able to promise “Splinter-Free Toilet Paper.” Seven percent of Americans admit to stealing rolls of toilet paper in hotels.
Americans use an average of 8.6 sheets of toilet paper per trip. The average roll has 333 sheets. In many Western European countries, bidets are seen as preferable to toilet paper.
In 1973 Johnny Carson caused a toilet paper shortage. He said as a joke that there was a shortage, which there wasn’t, until everyone believed him and ran out to buy up the supply. It took three weeks for some stores to get more stock. In 1996, President Clinton passed a “Toilet Paper Tax” of 6 cents per roll, which is still in effect today. The Pentagon uses, on average, 666 rolls of toilet paper per day.
The most expensive toilet paper in the world is from Portuguese brand Renova it’s three-ply, perfumed, costs $3 per roll and comes in several colors including black, red, blue and green. Beyoncé uses only red Renova toilet paper. Kris Jenner uses only the black Renova toilet paper.
If you hang your toilet paper so you can pull it from the bottom, you’re considered more intelligent than someone who pulls it from the top. When asked what necessity they would bring to a desert island, 49% of people said toilet paper before food.
Toilet paper before food? That’s like putting the cart before the……naw I’m Steve Sauder.