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A Brief History Of Toilet Paper: Why Some Countries Use It, And Other Countries Don't

What do you prefer?

Ever wondered why some countries use toilet paper to clean their butts post-poo, while some countries stick to water?

Well, I HAVE, so here’s some research to satisfy this eternal query of mine (and hopefully, yours too).

But first, have you thought about what people used before toilet paper came along?

Ancient romans used a communal gompf stick – a piece of sponge tied to the end of a stick to clean yourself.

Toilet paper wasn’t packaged and sold in the United States until 1857.

One of the reasons some countries have always favoured toilet paper, it appears, is the climate.

This very vivid explanation from a Quora post pretty much sums it up.

However, it might actually have more to do with history than the weather.

BUT HOLD ON. Countries that use water instead of toilet paper really, REALLY swear by that shit.

And there are often a number of water-based techniques to choose from. Like the classic lota –

The good ol' bidet –

Or the most pioneering innovation in the recent history of butt-wipage, the inimitable bidet shower.

More than anything, the most plausible reasoning on both ends is, "Well, we've always cleaned our butts this way so will you please just leave me be."