National Toilet Paper Day – August 26th

National Toilet Paper Day

August 26th

So there really is a holiday for everything, even toilet paper. Actually, it’s 2021 a year after the pandemic toilet paper shortage so a lot of people might actually understand celebrating National Toilet Paper Day this year!

National Toilet Paper Day commemorates the first day that toilet paper was either patented or maybe sold on a roll on August 26th, 1871. Different websites had conflicting information.

Here is some Toilet Paper Trivia for you…

  • 70 – 75% of the world’s population doesn’t use toilet paper. Some of the reasons for this is many European countries use bidets, while other regions have insufficient plumbing.
  • The first recorded use of toilet paper was in 6th Century China. The first modern toilet paper was made in 1391, when it was created for the needs of the Chinese Emperor family. The toilet paper made for them was even perfumed.
  • Joseph C. Gayetty created the first commercially packaged toilet paper in 1857. His toilet papers were loose, flat, sheets of paper and he had his name printed on every sheet. He called it “The Therapeutic Paper”. It was medicated with aloe vera.
  • In 1935 a manufacturer promised “Splinter-Free Toilet Paper.” Wait a minute, what? Ouch!
  • The average person in the United States uses 100 rolls of toilet paper per year.
  • .More than seven billion rolls of toilet paper are sold yearly in the United States.
  • 7% of Americans admit to stealing rolls of toilet paper in hotels.
  • In the early 1940’s colored toilet paper was popular. It came in pink, lavender, light blue, light green, purple, green, and light yellow .
  • In 1879, Scott brothers founded the Scott Paper Company. The Scott Paper Company’s toilet paper was the first toilet paper sold in rolls.
  • Charmin once sponsored a contest to design and make wedding dresses out of toilet paper. The winner received $2,000. 
  • In America it is common to “toilet paper” someone’s house or business on Halloween, April Fools’ Day, or after the completion of school events such as graduation or the homecoming football game.
  • The Japanese horror novelist, Koji Suzuki who is known for writing “The Ring” printed an entire novel on a single roll of toilet paper. The novel takes place in a public bathroom and the story is about three feet long.
  • Toilet paper is designed to disintegrate quickly when it gets wet by use of a combination of base fibers so that it will disperse quickly in water for quick disposal.
  • In 1973 Johnny Carson caused a toilet paper shortage when he joked that there was a TP shortage. Everyone believed him and ran out to buy up all the toilet paper in the stores. (Sound familiar?) It took three weeks for some stores to get more stock. #StopToiletPaperHoarding
  • 49% of people said they would bring toilet paper to a desert island. That is even more than said food!
  • In several surveys that we looked at, the general consensus is that people prefer their toilet paper “over” the roll, not under.
  • The average toilet paper roll has 333 sheets.
  • During Desert Storm, the U.S. Army camouflaged their tanks with colored toilet paper.
  • There is in-office machine, which turns used copier paper into toilet rolls, right there in the office.
  • National Toilet Day is on November 19th and was declared by the United Nations.
  • In March of 2020, several countries reported a toilet paper shortage due to people panic buying toilet paper in bulk during the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Acartohygieiophobia and Endrollphobia is the fear of running our to toilet paper.
  • There used to be a toilet paper museum in Madison, Wisconsin. It was called the The Madison Museum of Bathroom Tissue, but it sadly, closed in 2000. The museum contained over 3,000 rolls of TP from places all over the world, including The Guggenheim, Ellis Island, and Graceland. Now there is a virtual toilet paper museum called Nobody’s Perfect. Although when I tried to visit it, it didn’t seem to be running either.
  • It takes about 384 trees to make the toilet paper that one man uses within his lifetime.
  • The Pentagon uses, on average, 666 rolls of toilet paper per day. Creepy fact, and creepy that someone kept track.
  • The most expensive toilet paper in the world is from Portuguese brand Renova. It is still sold in colors and is perfumed. According to sources, Beyoncé uses only red Renova toilet paper and Kris Jenner uses only black.
  • As I wrote this blog post a Charmin commercial came on.

Sources for Interesting Toilet Paper Facts
Toilet Paper Facts

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