First a little online history lesson:

“In 1890, when two brothers named Clarence and E. Irvin Scott popularized the concept of toilet paper on a roll, it was still an uphill battle to get the public to openly buy the product, largely because Americans remained embarrassed by bodily functions.”(When you’re older it can become a hot topic)

“No one wanted to ask for it by name,” says Dave Praeger, author of Poop Culture: How America Is Shaped by Its Grossest National Product. “It was so taboo that you couldn’t even talk about the product.” By 1930, the German paper company Hakle began using the tag line, “Ask for a roll of Hakle and you won’t have to say toilet paper!” (Not today. In addition to talking about the coronavirus it’s become a touchstone in our conversations and on social media)

“By the 1970,s America could no longer conceive of life without toilet paper. Case in point: In December 1973, Tonight Show host Johnny Carson joked about a toilet paper shortage during his opening monologue. But America didn’t laugh. Instead, TV watchers across the country ran out to their local grocery stores and bought up as much of the stuff as they could. In 1978, a TV Guide poll named Mr. Whipple—the affable grocer who implored customers, “Please don’t squeeze the Charmin”—the third best-known man in America, behind former president Richard Nixon and the Rev. Billy Graham. (Then and now it’s a perfect example of the Circle of Life)

Some fascinating facts for you to ponder:

  • In an average household, the average roll of toilet paper lasts approximately five days.
  • Consumers use approximately 8 – 9 sheets of paper per toilet use.
  • We use an average of 57 sheets of toilet paper a day!
  • It takes about 384 trees to make the toilet paper that one man uses within his lifetime. (a perfect time to become a Tree Hugger)
  • The average person uses 100 rolls of toilet paper per year (over 20,000 sheets).
  • The daily production of toilet paper is about 83,048,116 rolls per day. (The manufacturers need to beef up their product ASAP because there’s a Global TP frenzy going on)

But if you’re like me and don’t trust the first three points go to the site below (no joke) and you can customize and calculate  some of the following based on your household needs:

  • How many rolls do you have.
  • How often do you go. (you will need to ask your significant other, anyone no longer in diapers if you want to be exact)
  • How many sheets do you used per visit according to my comment about

It’s been said in order to maintain a positive attitude count your blessings.  Here’s a reason and one we no longer have to live by:

“Throughout the annals of history, humans have gone “to the bathroom” even when “bathroom” meant “over there, behind a rock.”  While the elimination process hasn’t changed much over the years, the immediate aftermath certainly has.  Initially, people just cleaned themselves up with whatever was handy; rocks, sticks, leaves, corncobs or (yeeouch) wood shavings.”