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11 Facts About Toilet Paper That You Actually Need To Know

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1. The first documented use of toilet paper comes from China in 6th-century AD.

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2. The use of paper for this purpose was criticized by a scholar-official.

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3. The Romans used a sponge attached to a stick (and dipped it in salt water!).

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4. In ancient times, Japanese people used a wooden skewer known as a Chūgi.

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5. Because they were so fancy, the wealthy French used wool, hemp, and lace.

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6. In the 19th century, homes were built with indoor plumbing. People still used moss and corncobs. Doctors (and plumbers!) recommended using paper.

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7. Toilet paper was first for sale in 1857.

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8. Invented by Joseph Gayetty, it was an alternative to wiping yourself with catalogue paper.

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9. By the late 1890s, the toilet paper roll was born.

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10. In 1935, they were still figuring out the whole production thing, so being "splinter-free" was a selling point.

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11. Astronauts use toilet paper in space. When the space shuttle returns to Earth, the paper is "compressed and destroyed."

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And now? You can save money by not using that cardboard tube anymore!