The production of toilet paper accounts for almost 10% of the total production of manufactured wood products.
Every year, $ 2.4 billion worth of toilet paper is sold worldwide.
Only 30% of the world's population uses toilet paper.
In Europe, the best selling toilet paper is traditional white. The only exception is France: its inhabitants prefer glamorous pink.
By the end of the XIV century. the production of toilet paper in China has reached an industrial scale. Only for the toilets of the imperial palace, 720 thousand sheets were produced, and 15 thousand were intended for the emperor personally and his family.
In the public restrooms of ancient Rome, instead of toilet paper, they used wooden sticks with a sponge at the end, soaked in salted water.
The indigenous people of Hawaii used coconut shells as toilet paper!
In Russia, toilet paper began to be produced in the 16th century. for the needs of the court of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich.
In India and some Middle Eastern countries, the alternative to toilet paper is your own left hand. Of course, the hand is washed very thoroughly after using the toilet. However, in these states, handing over an object or touching an interlocutor with the left hand is regarded as a grave insult.
The American newspaper "Old Farmer's Almanac" is a special printed edition for rural residents, which began to appear in 1792. Several decades of the 19th century. this newspaper came out with a special perforation, so that after reading it it was convenient to hang it in the toilet and "use it in business."
The late 19th century Sears, Roebuck & Company catalog was incredibly popular with farmers because it was printed on soft paper perfect for hygiene purposes. However, in the 30s. of the last century, American villagers stopped ordering it: the catalog paper became denser and of higher quality.
Mass industrial production of toilet paper began in 1857 in the United States. It was organized by an entrepreneur named Joseph Gayetti. He advertised his product as an excellent remedy for the prevention of hemorrhoids. Interestingly, Gayetti did not hesitate to place his name on every piece of toilet paper.
German businessman Hans Klenck made a fortune by playing on the shyness of toilet paper consumers. The first slogan of the firm Hakle, founded by Klenk, was the following call: "Ask for rolls of Hakle, and you will not need to say" toilet paper "out loud! By the way, the very name Hakle (Hakle) GmbH is formed from the first syllables of the name "Hans Klenk". Now this company is one of the world leaders in the sale of toilet paper and other hygiene products.
In England, toilet paper began to be sold in 1880. It was gray, rough and thick. Such paper was sold not in rolls, but in square boxes. The first Englishman who thought of selling pipifax in rolls was William Alcock. Since the British were embarrassed to buy toilet paper, it was covertly called "paper curlers".
In 1944, Kimberly-Clark (a US toilet paper manufacturer) received an award from Congess for supplying this strategic product to American soldiers who fought the Nazis in Europe. In 2010, the same company received an award from American environmentalists for patenting a method that allows production to dispense with the inner cardboard tube on which the paper is wound. This little thing has reduced the amount of garbage on Earth by 160 billion tons per year.
The mass production of toilet paper in the USSR was established in 1969 at the Syassk Pulp and Paper Mill. At first, no one bought paper - the Soviet people did not understand why to spend money if there were newspapers. Toilet paper even had to be advertised in cinemas and forcibly distributed to workers in factories. But when people figured out why this curiosity is needed, toilet paper quickly became one of the scarce goods.
In 1973, J. Carson, the host of one of the most popular American TV shows, jokingly said on the air that the production of toilet paper in the United States was decreasing, and it was about to disappear from stores. This joke caused a real crisis: the Americans swept away all the paper from the store shelves, and for 20 days there was an acute shortage of it in the country. Carson even had to apologize to the people of the United States for his bad joke.
Imagine that you are driving on a motorway six meters wide at a speed of 110 km / h. This is exactly how paper is made - 1800 meters per minute, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Spanish fans use toilet paper to make garlands and posters for matches. Therefore, on the days before the games of the Spanish championship, it is very difficult to buy toilet paper in stores.