Thirteen Facts about TP
- In 1935, Northern Tissue advertised "splinter-free" toilet paper. Yep, you read that right; early paper production techniques sometimes left splinters embedded in the paper. And you thought you had it tough!
- America experienced its first toilet paper shortage in 1973.
- Corncobs and pages torn from newspapers and magazines were commonly used in the early American West. The Sears catalogue was well-known in this context, and even produced such humorous spin offs as the "Rears and Sorebutt" catalogue. The Farmer's Almanac had a hole in it so it could be hung on a hook and the pages torn off easily.
- The roll did not easily fit into the consumer market at first. At the time, society did not speak of the subject frequently. It was quite 'unmentionable" to talk about this product in the conservative, Victorian era.
- Before TP was invented the frayed end of an old anchor cable was used by sailing crews from Spain and Portugal
- And lace was used by French Royalty
- And if you were lucky enough to be raised on the Hawaiian islands, you may have used good old coconut shells.
- The average tear is 5.90 sheets of TP.
- Of a survey that polled 106 people 42% fold, 33% crumple, 8% do both fold and crumple, 6% wrap it around their hands.
- The U.S. toilet paper market is worth about $2.4 billion a year,
- The average American uses more than 20,805 sheets a year
- 25% of the population prefer their TP to go 'under' on the dispenser
- Men fold the TP 58% to women's 32% and women crumple 52% to men's 38%. (The others wrap it around their hand.)
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