How is corn on the cob toilet paper made

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Today we have many ways to pass the time sitting in the toilet: the toilet paper makes it possible! A few hours can go by quite entertaining, e.g. B. with Sudoku, banknote or comic toilet paper. It's a real luxury. Because there were times when toilet paper hadn't even been invented. At the Toilet paper day (August 26th) we want to thank this great paper.

What does a chicken have to do with toilet paper?

You might not think it possible, but toilet paper has a very long history. Even the very first people on earth were probably tormented by this one question: What is the best way to clean your buttocks after the toilet? And since toilet paper had not yet been invented, one had to do something different. People have been very creative for centuries. Because how do you say so beautifully? Necessity is the mother of invention! So everything was used that was just around the corner, such as B. Leaves, rags, moss, wood shavings, corn on the cob, pottery shards, sponges and newspaper, and everything that was walking around. Yes, you read that right: It is assumed that people even cleaned their buttocks with poultry running around, i.e. chickens, geese etc.

The story of the "evil hand"

A small question: Do you know why people give each other the right and not the left hand to greet or say goodbye? No? Then you can surely imagine it now. Exactly! With the so-called "bad hand", the left one, many people also wiped their butts. This is still the case in some countries today. For example, many people use their left hand and lots of water after going to the toilet.

With fun to learning success - that's how it's done

A big step for humanity

In the 14th century, the Chinese finally came up with the saving idea, which made everyone breathe a sigh of relief. The first toilet paper was produced, but it was still not very similar to our toilet paper today: It was only a 2 by 3 foot sheet, from which small shreds were torn for the rear part. For the American Joseph Gayetty, however, this ordeal was too cumbersome and in 1857 he invented small paper towels refined with aloe extracts, which you pulled out of a box if necessary.

The role makes the difference

The British company did not arrive until 1890 Scott Paper Company came up with the idea of ​​wrapping the toilet paper on a roll. That was how the toilet paper we know today was invented. In Germany it was a man named Hans Klenk who opened the first toilet paper factory in Ludwigsburg in 1928 and produced quantities of this valuable paper.

Today we can count ourselves very lucky that we can find this (mostly) soft paper in almost every toilet in the world and that we don't have to go hunting in a chicken yard with our pants down. After all, we spend an average of three years of our life in the toilet.

Cover picture: © Africa Studio /
Images: Euro toilet paper © VICTOR TORRES /; Soduku toilet paper: © Tereza Nohavova /

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