Your daily poop contributes to your entire wellbeing — and if you poop regularly it's a window into your digestive health. This everyday act has long been taboo, but since the dawn of time, it's been human nature. Even a children's book is dedicated to breaking the silence about this completely normal bodily function.
Even the most well-stocked bathrooms will eventually run low on this restroom essential. We've all been there — yelling for someone nearby to grab another roll. It makes you wonder how the world worked before toilet paper even existed, and the reality of life before TP was anything but glamorous.
Sailors in the 17th century were not living in the lap of luxury. Sailors would dip a piece of rope in the water to use to wipe their bums after doing their business. They would place the rope back in the water to clean it off after they were done giving themselves the most intense case of rope burn. Ouch.
The 19th century was prior to many technological advancements and modern-day conveniences. The use of cloth rags was the height of proper hygiene, and people would then simply throw them in piles after wiping in hopes of them getting washed. The spread of germs never seemed so simple.
The Ancient Romans had no choice but to be very comfortable with each other since they all went to the bathroom sitting side by side. They also used something called a communal sponge — or spongia — to wipe off afterward. It was literally a sea sponge attached to a stick, and the toilets even offered a space to place the sponge after you were done.
The late 1800s were a time of increased consumerism, which leads to the widespread circulation of the Sear's mail-order catalog. Many Americans preferred to tear a page out and use it as fancy toilet paper, but this started to fade once Sear's began using less comfortable, glossy paper in the year 1930. How's that for sticking it to the man?
There is a reason why it is customary to shake hands with your right hand, and in North Africa, Asia, and the Middle East it is utterly disrespectful to reach out with your left hand to offer a handshake. People used to wipe with their bare left hand — and some still do — and that's enough reason to keep things right-handed.
Americans can't resist a meal hot off the grill, and it turns out that one of our all-time favorites is pretty multipurpose. Individuals used to use leftover corn cobs as a natural, toilet paper alternative. Sounds like a disgusting mess waiting to happen.
Hemp was a pretty sacred luxury in 15th and 16th century France. It became a desirable way to clean up after going to the bathroom, but it was extremely hard to come by. Only the most important citizens — such as royalty — were able to get their hands on it, and they weren't even the ones to do the dirty work.
Everyone poops — even royalty — but that doesn't mean they had to clean up after themselves. Kings and other people of importance in 15th and 16th century France had other people — called "Chevalier Porte-Coton" — that used the hemp to wipe for them. This goes beyond being born with a silver spoon.
It may seem like the worst possible approach, but many people around the world have used dirt as a source of effective TP. It is still used as a method of personal cleaning during wilderness training or simply as a last resort. Many people would recommend just taking a ride to the store, but whatever floats your toilet paper boat.
13. Toilet Paper Is Necessary — No Matter Your Preference