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Why toilet paper belongs to America

submitted on July 14, 2009 by YanBz in "Member's Lounge"
The average American uses 57 squares a day and 50 pounds of toilet paper per year. Below is a fascinating story about how it all started

Since the dawn of time, people have found nifty ways to clean up after the bathroom act. The most common solution was simply to grab what was at hand: coconuts, shells, snow, moss, hay, leaves, grass, corncobs, sheep's wool -- and, later, thanks to the printing press -- newspapers, magazines, and pages of books.
The average American uses 57 squares a day and 50 pounds of toilet paper per year.

The ancient Greeks used clay and stone; the Romans, sponges and salt water. But the idea of a commercial product designed solely to wipe one's bum? That started about 150 years ago, right here in the U.S.A. In less than a century, Uncle Sam's marketing genius turned something disposable into something indispensable.


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http://edition.cnn.com/2009/LI.....storyemail
     

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