Eight Toilet Paper Facts You Need to Know
It’s Colon Cancer Awareness Month. What better time to learn a few fun facts about toilet paper?
- The average American uses 50 pounds of toilet paper a year — that’s 57 squares daily and 8.6 per trip.
- About 2/3 of Americans prefer the toilet paper to roll over the top of the roll.
- The U.S. Army used toilet paper to camouflage tanks during Desert Storm.
- The Chinese were the first to use paper sheets for bathroom uses dating back to 6th century AD.
- Joseph Gayetty introduced toilet paper in the U.S. in 1857. Each square had Gayetty’s name and was advertised as medicated paper with aloe.
- Common ways to wipe your bum before TP: magazine or catalog paper, hay, corncobs, leaves, moss, wool, sponges and fruit peels.
- The Madison Museum of Bathroom Tissue was located in Madison, Wis., but closed in 2000. At its peak, it contained 3,000 rolls of toilet paper.
- Global toilet paper consumption uses 30,000 trees each day — 10 million every year.
Now that you’ve had some fun, is it time for you to schedule your colonoscopy? If you’re 50 or older and haven’t had one, it’s time. Find a location near you.
Sources: bostonstandardplumbing.com, toiletpaperworld.com