Top Ten Interesting and Fun Facts About Toilet Paper

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Soft and strong, toilet paper has come a long way since its earliest origins in Ancient China.
Soft and strong, toilet paper has come a long way since its earliest origins in Ancient China. | Source

Unusual Fun Facts - About Toilet Paper!

Toilet paper is used every day by most people in America. Understandably, it isn't something that we tend to talk about.

But, as with almost anything, when you start to think about it you realize that it is really interesting.

Here are ten of the most unusual and fun facts about toilet paper - and there's a poll at the end so you can join in!

1. Who Invented Toilet Paper?

Well, it was the Chinese who invented paper so it is little surprise to discover that they were the first to use it in their personal hygiene practices.

The earliest recorded use of paper as a toiletry comes from China in the sixth century AD but it only became really popular from the fourteenth century when the Imperial Court of the Ming Dynasty started having it manufactured for the purpose.

In 1393 the Court ordered no fewer than 720, 000 sheets to be made to keep the royal seat clean. The astonishing thing is that each sheet measured the equivalent of 60 cm by 90 cm. That's nearly 26,000 square miles of paper!

The Emperor Hong Wu was particularly delicate in his habits and ordered 15, 000 sheets to be made especially soft and perfumed for his personal use.

Ancient Roman Latrine

An Ancient Roman Latrine. Running water flushed the waste away but there was no paper. Sponges on sticks and soaked in salty water were used instead.
An Ancient Roman Latrine. Running water flushed the waste away but there was no paper. Sponges on sticks and soaked in salty water were used instead. | Source

2. So What Did Folks Use Before Toilet Paper?

Well, what you used for your personal bathroom needs before the invention of toilet paper depended to some degree on your social status and your geographical location.

If you were wealthy then you might use wool, or a soft - and washable - rag. The Ancient Romans used sponges on sticks and then soaked in water.

If you were not so well off, then the most common thing to do was simply to grab a fistful of grass, leaves or straw to do what needed to be done.

In some 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. Any wiping was done just by hand. That is why in India and some parts of the Middle East it is considered offensive to eat or pass food at table with your left hand - because that's the one that you would use in the river.

In many European countries today, the use of toilet paper is considered dirty and unhygienic. In these countries the most common practice is a thorough, soapy wash and rinse afterwards using a 'bidet.' This is a sort of low basin with hot water tap and soap that you sit on and is usually placed next to the toilet for convenience.

Bidet - The Paper Free Option

The bidet (on the left) is the preferred cleaning method of most Europeans who consider paper to be unhygienic. Maybe they have a point?
The bidet (on the left) is the preferred cleaning method of most Europeans who consider paper to be unhygienic. Maybe they have a point? | Source

3. How Many Sheets on a Roll of Toilet Paper?

In fact, the number of sheets on a roll varies depending on the manufacturer and the type of paper being used. It also depends on if it is one-ply or two-ply.

One-ply has a single layer of paper per sheet. Two-ply has a double layer for added strength and softness.

The average number of sheets per roll can vary enormously from as few as two hundred up to a thousand. In general, there will be more sheets if it is one-ply and fewer if it is two-ply. Why not check your own rolls to find out what you've got?

A neatly folded toilet roll. A standard roll will have about 400 yards of paper ready to use!
A neatly folded toilet roll. A standard roll will have about 400 yards of paper ready to use! | Source

This is because you are paying for the same amount of paper in each case and so the cost is the same - but you get fewer sheets for your money!

That said, there are no hard and fast rules. Some budget suppliers will produce loosely rolled paper with only two hundred sheets wrapped around each tube. At the other end of the scale there are huge rolls with thousands of sheets that are produced for use in public conveniences.

How to Make a Decorative Wreath from Toilet Rolls!

4. How Many Sheets Does One Person Use?

A survey conducted by the toilet paper manufacturer, Charmin, showed that the average U.S. citizen uses approximately fifty-seven sheets of toilet paper per day.

That's three hundred ninety-nine sheets per week, one thousand, nine hundred ninety six sheets per month, nineteen thousand one hundred fifty-two sheets per year and a staggering one million, five hundred thirty two thousand, one hundred sixty sheets if you live to be 80 years old!

An average household will flush away nearly eighty thousand sheets a year.

And that doesn't include the paper that is used for other purposes such as blowing noses, cleaning spectacles and so on.

That's a heck of a lot of paper!

Inside a Toilet Paper Factory

5. Novelty Toilet Paper

Most folk know that, while white is still the most popular toilet paper throughout the world, there are other colors available - such as soft pink or peach. Some toilet paper is also moistened or perfumed.

But did you ever come across 'novelty' toilet paper before?

Some of the most popular novelty toilet papers include

  • camouflage paper - so you can blend in when you need to go in the jungle.
  • sudoku paper - for those that like to solve math puzzles in the bathroom.
  • $100 bill paper - for those with more money than sense.
  • and my personal favorite: glow in the dark toilet paper - very handy for nighttime emergencies!

These novelty toilet papers cost a few cents more than regular paper but they work just the same. ;)

6. The World's Largest Toilet Roll

The largest ever toilet roll was made by the manufacturer Charmin and measured a monstrous eight feet high and had a diameter of more than nine feet. The roll was made to celebrate World Toilet Paper Day (I know, it was news to me, too!) and was verified by the World Record Academy.

The giant toilet roll was made out of 1,000,000 square feet of toilet paper - that's the equivalent to 95, 000 regular toilet rolls!

Now you know.

Paper Dress

This elegant wedding gown is made entirely from toilet paper!
This elegant wedding gown is made entirely from toilet paper! | Source

7. Toilet Paper Wedding Dress

This was a surprise to me!

There have actually been hundreds of wedding dresses made out of toilet paper - and many of them have really been worn to actual weddings.

It turns out that toilet paper can be a very adaptable and resilient material with special qualities that make it an interesting challenge for dressmakers to use.

There is even an annual competition in New York for the best wedding dress made from toilet paper. The prize is a lot of publicity for the designer and $2000.

In the following video, a group of design students work together to respond to the challenge to make a dress out of bathroom paper. See what you think of how they got on!

The Toilet Paper Dress Challenge

8. Toilet Paper in Space

It may not be something that you thought about before but even astronauts need the bathroom.

The toilets that they use are different to earth toilets because there is only a very small pull of gravity (known as microgravity) and so a special vacuum and suction device is used for disposal of the voided matter. But toilet paper is still the wipe of choice for American astronauts when using the facilities in The International Space Station.

The paper is disposed of in special, sealed containers where it is compressed and destroyed on return to earth.

There is Toilet Paper on the International Space Station

Even astronauts need a few rolls of toilet paper up in space!
Even astronauts need a few rolls of toilet paper up in space! | Source

9. Toilet Paper as Entertainment for Cats

I guess anyone who has a cat, or has ever had a cat, will be familiar with this one.

But for those of you who don't already know, be assured that cats believe toilet paper is a special toy installed in the bathroom for them to play with.

Cats know that they need never be bored at home. In any idle moment there is always a quick trip to the bathroom to do what the little fella in the following video does...

Cat Plays With Toilet Roll

10. Toilet Paper Doesn't Have to be Cheap

Most of us, even if we favor a 'luxury' toilet paper still think of it as a fairly affordable item on the shopping list.

But what most of us think of as luxury paper may as well be nothing in terms of class and style compared to the crème de la crème of luxury toilet tissues used by multi-millionaires, movie stars and offered for use in the bathrooms of only the most exclusive hotels. That is Renova.

This supersoft, strong and extra absorbent paper comes in a range of distinctive, classy colors that ooze a sense of wealth.

This stuff is really only for people who can afford to flush dollar bills away!

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The End of the Roll...Time for a Poll!

I hope you've enjoyed this look at some fun facts about toilet paper.

I wonder how many other everyday items there are that we take for granted that are so interesting and used in such unusual and creative ways?

I bet there are many.

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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Everything you may or may not have wanted to know about TP but were afraid to ask. It is good to know the info about passing food with the left hand...

Thanks for sharing...

Sending Angels to you today :) ps

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krillco 3 years ago from Hollidaysburg, PA

novel topic!

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Thank you for the Angels pstraubie48! And thank you for being my first ever comment!

I hope you found this interesting and fun. :)

(Sorry if the deleted one caused confusion - haven't quite got the hang of the comments yet...)

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Hi krillco, thank you for reading my hub. It is an unusual topic, isn't it - but interesting and fun I hope?


Pamdora 3 years ago

I love this Hub! might want to check the sheet count on a few "ordinary" rolls of toilet paper, though. You made me go look at our mega-sized Charmin, and it's only got 330 two-ply sheets per roll. I don't think I've ever seen a thousand sheet roll for sale at Walmart that would fit into our bathroom TP holder.

And, here's one I bet you never heard before about how to dispose of toilet paper. I was homeless for more than two years (mostly in 1995 and 1996) and met some interesting people. Oscar was a homeless man who put all of his TP and poo into big trash bags...and then he'd sling the bags WAY up high in the trees on his way out to the woods to his camp.

Guess he figured the squirrels would take care of the rest.

Voted Up and Interesting.

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Aw, thanks Pamdora!

I'm not sure your homeless friend was doing much good for the environment but it sure was one way of dealing with the problem of waste disposal!

Thanks for the heads up about numbers of sheets. I've been back through and edited that section.

Thanks for the vote, too!

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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

An unusual topic but fun to read, learned some new things. I bought one of those sudoku rolls as a fun gift for a friend. Lol

And I just love to see all those wedding dress designs, just recently held the national comp here in New Zealand and the dresses are incredible.

Voting Up and Interesting

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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

What a great hub! I would be afraid to wear a dress made of toilet paper. I am sure glad the Chinese figured it out. :-) Seems it took a while for the Europeans to catch on. I would have had to use the leaves and grass... Don't even like the idea of it. LOL

Votes and shares!

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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

This is such an interesting and fun hub! I can't believe that there is actually toilet paper that costs $18.99 for 6 rolls! The history is pretty interesting, too. Do you remember the famous Sears catalog that was a staple in every outhouse at one time? I'll bet a few readers do. :)

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Jeff Gamble 3 years ago from Denton, Texas

I found this hub very moving (ahem). Of course, you skirted the controversial question of roll position on the holder: over the top or underneath. Numerous surveys have been conducted on the topic, including a 2004 Bathroom Confidential poll in which 72% of the respondents chose "over" as their orientation of choice.

Great hub, voted up & shared!

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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

LOL Very interesting. I did not know there was specialty TP for the uber-rich. Sheesh!

But the gag rolls? You betcha! One year, I bought such a roll for my mom, who was a die-hard crossword puzzle fan.. Yep--crossword puzzle TP.. She kept it in its box on display, though and never used it in either way..

Voted up, funny and interesting.

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PaoloJpm 3 years ago from Philippine

love those facts! I also liked the dress made of paper so nice

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idigwebsites 3 years ago from United States

Very interesting look at toilet papers. Sudoku toilet paper! Hehehehe. It's quite useful if you stay in the toilet too long. And the cat unrolling the toilet paper, it's so cute! I love the wedding dress, it's so amazing... and it doubles up as wiper, maybe. I hope it won't get caught in a candlelight fire. LOL.

Voted up and interesting, funny. :)

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Thanks! I'm glad it was fun and you learned something new - that's the idea!

Oh yes, I love looking at wedding dresses, too. Totally. I hope your friends enjoys the novelty paper, too.

Take care. :)

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Thanks for commenting!

Yes, you wouldn't want to be getting married in the rain in a dress like that! Uh-ho!

Bless you. :)

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Lol, that catalog had a hole punched through every page so you could hang it up ready for its real purpose!

I know what you mean about the mega-luxury paper - but it does make you wonder if it's really worth it...

Thanks for commenting. :)

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Glad you enjoyed it!

Yes, I don't like to be controversial - at least not in public. If you asked me privately I'd tell you that I think it should roll over the top, of course. ;)

Thanks for the votes and shares. Bless. :)

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Hey, your mom must have loved that toilet paper so much if she kept it like an ornament and never used it - I bet she was itching to have a go at the puzzles, though!

Thanks for your kind words. Bless you. :)

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Yes, the dresses are wonderful aren't they? It's amazing what you can do if you apply a bit of creativity!

Thanks for your lovely comment. Have a great day. :)

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Lol, I hadn't thought about the fire hazard n- and for sure it's your heart that should be on fire on your wedding day, not your dress!

Glad you enjoyed the kitty - crazy cute isn't it?

Take care and blessings. :)

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Theophanes 3 years ago from New England

Ah, but I guess the real question is, is there a glow-on-the-dark toilet paper wedding dress yet? Or maybe just a dance dress... that could work in some weird way... or the camouflage would be perfect for a shotgun wedding...

Loved this article. Glad I am not the only one picking random common things to write about! I like to learn what others have found too!

Thanks for the smile.

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Thanks! I love the way you're thinking - right outside the box!

A dress made of glow-in-the-dark toilet paper???

Happy to make someone smile. I'll look forward to reading yours, too. Blessings. :)

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Look at all the comments. You really struck a chord with the readers here. I had no idea the Chinese invented toilet paper.

You didn't mention the Sears catalog as an alternative. LOL I remember that as a kid at my grandparents farm in Iowa.

Fun and interesting facts. Thank you!

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Shoot, I don't see my comment here....maybe the HP gods ate it??? I hate repeating myself....I'll check back later and see if it arrived. :)

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Aw billybuc, sorry - I just hadn't been able to get to the computer yet so didn't see the comment or have chance to approve it.

Thanks for coming back again and for your comments! I feel really encouraged by your support. Bless you! :)

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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Wow--so many things I did not know--entertaining and informative!

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Hi Audrey,

Thank you for your comments! Yes, there's more to toilet paper than you would ever imagine at first, isn't there? I'm glad you enjoyed it. Funny to think that something like 70% of the world population doesn't use it and even thinks it is unhygienic. After all, as someone pointed out, if you got the stuff on any other part of your body you wouldn't just wipe it off with a bit of paper, would you? There would be plenty of soapy water and disinfectant spray I'm sure! *blush* I hope I'm not lowering the tone of my own hub...

Thanks again for your enthusiasm and bless you. :)

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stephanieb27 3 years ago from United States

Interesting hub! So many things I learned about toilet paper! :) I can't believe there are wedding dresses made of toilet paper!

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Thanks, stephanieb27!

Glad you enjoyed it - and you'd better believe it because there are! Lol.

Bless you :)

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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America

I see that I use 1/2 the average amount of toilet paper that most people use. And here I thought I was wasting paper!

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Hi Patty,

Thank you for commenting! Well done on your paper-saving toilet habits. Of course, these figures will have been hard to collect with any certainty so I imagine there will always be those who use a little more, those who use a little less and most people in the world don't use any at all.

Have a great day. Bless you :)

Joanne M Olivieri 3 years ago

I thoroughly enjoyed this hub and learned a lot. I like the money toilet paper and love the wedding dress idea. Very interesting and clever hub. Voted up

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torrilynn 3 years ago

thanks for this article on toilet paper

i think that it was cool to talk about this

and Im glad that you picked this as a topic

Voted up

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Hi Joanne!

Thank you so very much for reading this hub and for your lovely comment - and for the vote up. You are very kind.

Bless you :)

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Thank you torrilyn,

It was an unusual topic choice but quite a few folks seem to be enjoying it, so I'm happy you called by to join them!

Thanks for your comments. Bless you :)

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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

The many interesting facts about toilet paper, what a great effort put into this hub, informative and in detail, voted up and interesting.

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Thanks, DDE!

It was fun to write so I'm glad it's proving to be fun to read, too. Thanks again for the vote and tick.

Bless you :)

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Millionaire Tips 3 years ago from USA

You're provided all sorts of interesting facts about a common object. When is toilet paper day? I need to celebrate it properly! I like the thousand sheet rolls myself. Voted up.

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Hi Millionaire Tips,

Thanks for your kind comments, that's lovely! Yes, World Toilet Paper Day is August 28. Have fun!

Bless you :)

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janshares 3 years ago from Washington, DC

Hello there, stuff4kids. This was a wonderful hub. It was actually a breath of fresh air as it was so original, so engaging, a lot of fun to read, and so well-researched and well-written. Kudos to you for creating a high quality hub. Voted up and interesting. By the way, I don't think I use anywhere near 57 sheets a day :-) Impossible!

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KenWu 3 years ago from Malaysia

This is a very interesting read on toilet paper. I know nothing at ten out of ten. Voted up & everything except 'funny.' Shared it too.

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Hi janshares!

Thanks for your comments, so lovely to hear that. You are very kind in your praise for this hub.

No, I don't use that much either but those are, it seems, the 'official' figures! The mind boggles, I know...

Bless you :)

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Hi KenWu,

Thanks for reading this and for your really lovely comment!

Thanks too for sharing it, that's great.

Bless you. :)

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mariasial 3 years ago from united kingdom

wow i am amaze the level of research you have done for the thing like toilet paper ... voted up and interesting

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Hi mariasial!

Thanks for your kind comment. Yes. it was an odd choice of subject, wasn't it? The funny thing is that it has been my most visited hub so far! perhaps i should do a whole toilet series? Lol.

Thanks for your comment again and bless you. :)

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LeslieAdrienne 3 years ago from Georgia

This was a great read.... keep them coming

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Thank you, Leslie!

I'm pleased you enjoyed it - and there are more just around the u-bend, for sure...

Bless you. :)

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LKMore01 3 years ago


This is the most comprehensive article on toilet tissue I have ever seen or read. I feel enlightened and educated. Excellent Hub.

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Hi LKMoreo1!

Thank you for your comment, that's great! You are very kind.

Bless you :)

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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very interesting hub. I have never heard about this before. Thanks for sharing with us. Voted up!


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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Hi praesetio30!

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Bless you :)

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MarieAlana1 3 years ago from Ohio

This is very interesting! I like the rhythm of the video. I'm glad they made toilet paper. I could not stand using a Bidet.

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Hi MarieAlana1,

Thanks for your interesting comments! I do have a bidet and love it but I have spent a lot of time in Europe now so I guess you acclimatize to these things. What a thing to talk about in public, though! Lol!

Thanks again for reading. Bless you :)

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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

A fun and interesting hub! Thanks for sharing!

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Hi btrbell!

Thanks for reading this. I am happy you found this fun and interesting!

Bless you :)

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manasr88 3 years ago from Bhubaneswar, India

Yeah, I like the idea of Sudoku toilet papers very much. Because when a Sudoku is not being solved and making you angry, you know what to do with it. :D

Thanks to the author again for sharing those interesting facts.

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Hi manasr88!

Thanks for your comments. Yes, that's one reason for having the Sudoku printed on the toilet paper, isn't it? Lol. Happy you enjoyed this.

Bless you :)

S1239 3 years ago

This is great

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Hi S1239!

Thanks for drop[ping by and I'm pleased that you enjoyed it.

Bless. :)

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howcurecancer 3 years ago

I like the largest toilet paper roll idea!

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Hi howcurecancer,

Yes, the giant size toilet roll is fun isn't it?

Thanks for taking the time to comment. Bless you. :)

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Ralph Deeds 3 years ago

Quite a treatise! Here's a vignette on the same topic:

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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

Fascinating hub on a subject we all know and care about. The first time I stayed in a hotel with a bidet I was dumbfounded. Didn't understand the whole drying off thing though. ?? I love your cat inclusion of cat entertainment. How true! Voted up and more!

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Thank you, FlourishAnyway!

I've travelled quite a bit and I know what you mean about being dumbfounded sometimes when you come across a peculiar bit of bathroom equipment that you don't understand at first!

Yes, the cat is cute, isn't it?

Bless you. :)

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Hi blahblahblah!

That's great news - so happy it was helpful to you! Bless. :)

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tebo 3 years ago from New Zealand

Lots of interesting facts regarding toilet paper. I often think a bidet is the way to go -no more wasting of paper and quite clean really. I enjoyed reading your hub.

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stuff4kids 3 years ago Author

Hey, thanks tebo!

Yes, I tend to agree with you about the bidet - and so does most of the rest of the world!

Bless you :)

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healthmunsta 2 years ago

Hahaha! This was rather interesting. The flat I've moved to has a bidet, and it was my first time seeing it. I had no idea how it worked, and was literally frumbuzzled. TP is a necessity in every bathroom, bidet or not!

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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Hi healthmunsta!

Thanks for your comment and welcome to your new flat - I hope you settle in and are happy there. Well, you know, I like the bidet but yes, there is toilet paper in my bathroom, too!

'Frumbuzzled' is a great word. I ain't heard that before!

Bless :)

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DreamerMeg 2 years ago from Northern Ireland

Very interesting hub. It makes you wonder whether it might work out cheaper in the end to install a bidet, rather than buy so much toilet paper!

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ComfortB 2 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

Very interesting facts about a seemingly simple thing like a toilet paper. And Ancient Romans, yes, their open-pit latrines are also their hang-outs. Saw a couple of those Latrines during my trip to Caesarea in Israel.

Great hub. Voted useful and interesting.

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Thief12 2 years ago from Puerto Rico

Wow, really cool and interesting Hub. Voted Up, Interesting, and Funny.

And congrats on HOTD!

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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Interesting hub ...................... the sponge on the stick sounds gross lol and the paper wedding dress, so you can't afford to let water wet you if you decide to wear a toilet paper wedding dress. Or perhaps it's waterproof.

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Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Kudos for proving once again, a hub can be made about absolutely anything, and made well. Congrats on HOD!

In the Middle East the cleanser of choice is sand. Bedouins have even been known to request a bowl of sand for their use when in a hospital. And it seems some countries, particularly in Europe, take pride in how stiff and uncomfortable they make their TP!

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Health Reports 2 years ago from North America

Toilet Paper wedding dresses... I still don't understand why anyone would choose to be married in that. Very interesting! Voted thumbs up and funny!

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Harishprasad 2 years ago from India

stuff4kids, you have brought forth so many interesting things about toilet paper and especially making of wedding dresses that this ordinary looking thing looks like a king now. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Congratulations on your HOTD!

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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Hi DreamerMeg! Thank you so much for your comment. Indeed, I wonder what the economics of that would be? And for that matter, the ecological impact - using water or paper? Hmmm....

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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Thank you so much ComfortB for that personal insight into Roman Latrines! Musta been quite a trip. :)

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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Thanks Theif12 - I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Bless you :)

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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Hi LadyFiddler, thanks for the comment. Hmmm, water-proof toilet paper could be, well, shall we just say - counter-productive?

Thanks again for your comment. :D

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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Kathleen Cochran: thanks for your comment!

Sand, you say? Sounds a bit scratchy. But then again, if you're a Bedouin and it's sand you prefer, at least you're unlikely to find yourself caught short...


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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Hi Health Reports!

No indeed...makes the mind boggle!

Thanks for your comment. :D

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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Hey, Hrishprasad!

Thanks for your comment - I'm so happy that you enjoyed it.

Bless you :D

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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Thank you so much, Bill.

This is your second time on this Hub! I'm glad you decided not to leave us in the end.

Bless. :)

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WiccanSage 2 years ago

LOL very interesting and fun topic. I know a lot of people in my religion who talk about how they wish they were born in ancient times, and I myself have always been so happy to be living in a post-toilet paper world. I cannot imagine loving it enough to make a wedding dress (i'd be so scared I spill a drink on it!). Nice hub.

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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina

Who knew there was so much to learn about TP :) Very entertaining hub, well done and congrats on HOTD!

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zoey24 2 years ago from South England

Wedding dresses made from toilet roll! You learn something new everyday day lol.

Great hub, voted up and awesome :-)

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Marcy Goodfleisch 2 years ago from Planet Earth

I live to see something that's fun and also informative! Great hub, and very worthy of the HOTD. Off to my bathroom, now, to check out what I'm using here!

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amiebutchko 2 years ago from Warwick, NY

Great hub - and such a great example of an innovative, interesting and original topic! Kudos. You are keeping us other hubbers on our toes!

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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Definitely a clever hub! Congratulations, I really enjoyed this, and I am sure many more will. Way to go!

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jpcmc 2 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

Wow, these are really fascinating info. Who knew toilet paper had this much history.

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sunilkunnoth2012 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

Informative, useful and interesting. You have presented a fine topic with clear illustration. The work is excellent. Thank you for sharing.

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Crystal Tatum 2 years ago from Georgia

What a fun hub! I learned a lot. Can't help but wonder what happened to that giant roll of toilet paper!

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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Hi WiccanSage!

Thank you so much for your comment. Yes, there's a lot of longing for an imagined golden age of the past - and not only among Neo-pagans!

For my own part, I'm with you - give me clean running water, fewer wars and tribal conflicts, better healthcare and longevity, education, democracy, the end of slavery, equality for women, science and...recycled toilet-paper. And all the other astonishing benefits that our modern, global society achieves and strives to improve.

I'm sure you'd agree with me, too, that there's more still to be done - especially in terms of women's rights and the environment. But I'm positive about the future!


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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Hi there, Better Yourself!

Thanks for reading this and leaving such a warm and encouraging comment.

Bless you :)

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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Zoey24 - thank you!

I really appreciate your popping by and your enthusiasm - I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

Bless. :)

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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Hi Marcy Goodfleisch -

Thanks for that praise - 'informative and fun' is exactly what I'm aspiring to achieve!

Thanks again. Bless you. :)

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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Hello there, amiebutchko!

Aww....*blush* You're too kind.

Bless. :)

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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Thank you, rebeccamealey!

I do appreciate your encouragement and support. Glad you enjoyed it.

Bless :)

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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Thanks jpcmc,

Yes, it is fascinating, isn't? It is always worth looking again at the most mundane things - even they can pull up a few surprises!

Bless you :)

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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Hi sunilkunnoth2012!

You are very kind. Thank you.


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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Thank you, Crystal Tatum.

You know, I suspect they cut it up into regular sized toilet paper. Either that or...sold it to a giant?

Thanks for your comment! :D

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Chuck 2 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

This was a fascinating read.

In fact the last time I read such an interesting piece on an ordinary and otherwise trivial topic like this was years ago when my sister was in high school and wrote a humorous and interesting 300 or so word essay about "Nothing" (that was the title and she earned an 'A' on the essay).

Ironically, a few days before reading this Hub, while going through some of the files my sister recently gave me (about 5 large boxes of photos, articles, copies of research materials, etc. - much to the chagrin of my wife who dislikes clutter) when she retired and moved to a much smaller place, I ran across a file folder marked "toilet paper".

In the file were samples of toilet paper from Denmark, Norway, Germany and the former Soviet Union. Each sample sheet was attached to a sheet of writing paper on which she had written the name of the country where the restroom where she had obtained it was located.

These samples were collected in the 1970s when she spent her junior year in college studying abroad in Denmark. None of the samples were like what we in the U.S. had then or now.

One had the feel crepe paper (and had a similar elastic feel), another had the feel of the paper used by newspapers and another the feel of inexpensive (two rolls for a dollar type) gift wrapping paper. All were tan or light greyish brown in color.

I remembered these from my own travels in the former Soviet Union and Western Europe in the 1970s. However, on recent travels to Europe (including Russia) the toilet paper I have encountered looks and feels about the same as the toilet paper found today in North America. So I guess the samples in my sister's file can now be considered collector's items - that is assuming there are actually people whose hobby is collecting toilet paper.

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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Hi Chuck -

Thank you so much for sharing that extraordinary and serendipitous story. What a fascinating contribution!

You know, I wish you would take photos of these samples and write a hub about it and the story behind them - if your sister wouldn't mind. I just did a very quick bit of research and you'd be surprised how many folks are searching the web for bathroom tissue museums, toilet paper collections, vintage and world toilet paper, etc. !

And thank you for your kind comments. Bless you :)

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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

Who knew toilet paper could be so fun? This great hub of yours really proved it, Mindi! I loved all the things you covered here -- the cat's battle with the toilet paper roll is classic. Many years ago, I was single and had one mischievous cat named Oscar, and I'd come home after work to a house of shredded toilet paper and paper towels. He'd get very lonely without me. I sure miss him; he lived a long and happy life.

I also read your entertaining hub to my husband who has worked in the paper industry for many years. Something very cool that most people don't know: There are times when government agencies such as the FBI discard their files directly into the paper mill's pulper. They unload boxes of information that need to be safely destroyed, watch as it is pulped up, then leave -- all of course with the manufacturing mill's permission. So you may actually be wiping your patooty with recycled FBI files. Very environmental and a bit comical. True story.

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Bishop55 2 years ago from USA

This was hilarious yet useful and interesting! My husband and I just chatted about the direction the roll should be placed. With the flap out toward the user, or in toward the wall. We agreed it's backwards when facing the wall. I can't get over toilet paper wedding gowns, seems like a fashion hazard waiting to happen. Fun read! Thanks for sharing this.

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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Hey, FlourishAnyway!

I'm honored by your visit and delighted you enjoyed this.

And especially thank you - and your husband - for that extraordinary bit of information about the FBI. I guess it makes sense. I wonder just how much classified information has served to cleanse the seats of the Nation? The mind boggles....

Truth really is stranger than fiction, right?

Bless you! :D

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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Hello Bishop55!

Thank you so much for your visit. I have to agree with you and your husband that the roll should be hung or placed with the sheets falling on the outward side.

I'm so glad that these lavatorial scribblings pleased you - thanks for commenting. Bless. :)

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Greensleeves Hubs 2 years ago from Essex, UK

Well what to say? First of all very belated congrats on the Hub of the Day - thoroughly deserved for an article which covers toilet rolls in pretty much every conceiveable detail that they could possibly hope to be covered in. As for the poll, I can't believe some people claimed to have learned nothing - unless of course you have a very big and specialist following by serious toilet paper enthusiasts and aficionados who already know all the vital facts? :-)

Love the cat video and all the other info, particularly the space stuff and the historical stuff. I've heard it said that the Roman stick and sponge method was responsible for the phrase 'getting hold of the wrong end of the stick' coming into the English language. I can believe it - that's one stick you wouldn't want to grab by the wrong end!

Even though it's quite difficult to take the subject matter very seriously, perhaps one should, and this is surely a great article, particularly for anyone studying toilet paper as part of a toilet-related degree course - or for anyone who just wants a laugh :-) Voted up and accolades given. Alun

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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Hi Alun!

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading this and for your great comment which is a wonderful and witty contribution to the hub.

Fascinating idea about the origins of the phrase 'getting the wrong end of the stick', too. It does seem to make sense, I agree.

I suppose if someone did a degree in Lavatorial Cartology they might end up on the University's Roll of Honor!

Thanks again, Alun.

Bless you :D

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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida

Here is another...I am not sure if you have it above or not as I read this when it first came out

the other day on one of the radio contests the question was...what is that most everyone uses 60 of a day?

and, drum roll, please...the answer is: pieces of toilet you can add that to your hub if you wish

Angels are on the way to you today :D

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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Hi pstraubie48!

Yes, it does mention that figure (although the stats I got said 50) but thanks for that contribution, that's great. Really sweet of you to remember and think about this hub again!

Maybe I'll add a quiz at some point?

Bless you (and all those angels!)


Satyam Marolia 2 years ago

The entire stuff on toilet paper is so interesting and it has actually motivated me to start up this business

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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Hi Satyam,

Thanks for reading and taking the time to leave a comment. I wonder if you mean that you intend to start using toilet paper or that you intend to start a business based around toilet paper?!

Thanks again. Bless you :D

Nina 2 years ago

Wow this really helped and it was fun to read :)

Doing a project on the history of toilet paper (I don't exactly know why) and found this extremely helpful on filling me in.


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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Hey Nina!

Thanks so much for that comment and I'm really happy that this was useful to you in your project.

Bless you :)

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Johnny Parker 2 years ago from Birkenhead, Wirral, North West England

On a recent holiday to Turkey the loos had a built in bidet... brilliant. Would like one in England but the cold water temperature in Winter might cause a few problems!

Fantastic hub, well done!

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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Hi Johnny!

Thanks for your contribution. A built-in bidet sounds intriguing. I've never been to Turkey but it is fascinating the great variety of different bathroom solutions that exist in the world - never mind the great variety of toilet papers.

Bless you :)

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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is such an enjoyable and interesting hub! It's useful, too. I learned a lot of new facts about toilet paper. I can certainly see why this article was chosen as Hub of the Day!

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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Hi AliciaC!

Thanks for your comment. It is pretty extraordinary how a simple, taken-for-granted thing like toilet paper can turn out to be so interesting and take us on journeys through history, industry, ecology, cultural and social studies, isn't it?

Thanks for your contribution and I'm delighted that you enjoyed it.

Bless. :)

simi 2 years ago

loads of study you did... interesting to read...

i loved the way you have put it..

and all the best to satyam for his new venture.

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stuff4kids 2 years ago Author

Hi simi!

Thanks for your comment. I'm happy that you appreciated this hub about toilet paper and the fun facts it contains. Glad you found it interesting!

Bless you :)

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