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Fun Facts About Toilet Paper That Will Blow Your Mind

Fun Facts About Toilet Paper That Will Blow Your Mind

Toilet paper isn’t a common topic of conversation because it’s usually saved for intimate occasions. After all, how many of us have ever really wondered about toilet paper? I mean, beyond if there’s any left or not? However, there are a lot of interesting toilet paper statistics and fun facts that might impress you.

Toilet Paper is a Pretty New Invention

    Image via Flickr by Dean Hochman

    The first recorded use of toilet paper may have been in China in the 6th century, but the Chinese government didn’t start mass producing it until the 14th century. You couldn’t go out and buy packaged toilet paper in the United States until 1857. Also, it wasn’t until 1935 that a manufacturer promised a splinter-free toilet paper. In 1973, Johnny Carson joked that there was a toilet paper shortage. Everyone believed the joke and ran out to the store to stock up. It then took up to three weeks for some stores to resupply their toilet paper stock.

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    You Can Use Toilet Paper in More Than Just the Bathroom

    During Desert Storm, the U.S. Army camouflaged their tanks with coloured toilet paper. Also, Charmin sponsored a contest to design and make wedding dresses out of toilet paper. That’s no joke. The winner actually received $2,000. The Japanese horror novelist famous 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.

    Many People Don’t Use Toilet Paper

    About four billion people, or 70-75% of the world’s population, do not use toilet paper. Some people don’t use toilet paper because of a lack of trees in the region. Others don’t use toilet paper because they can’t afford it or there’s insufficient plumbing. In many European countries, bidets are preferable to toilet paper because of culture, customs, and effectiveness (after all, water is the universal solvent, not paper).

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    They do use regular toilet paper on the International Space Station, but they have to seal and compress it in special containers. When researchers asked people what necessity they would bring to a deserted island, 49% said they would bring toilet paper before they would bring food.

    We Use More Toilet Paper Than You’d Think

    The world population uses nearly 30,000 trees every day in toilet paper. That means we use 10 million trees each year in toilet paper. Americans use an average of 8.6 sheets of toilet paper each trip to the bathroom. Visitors will use a single roll of toilet paper in a public restroom on average 71 times. 61% of people use toilet paper for nose care, 17% use toilet paper to wipe up small spills, and 8% use toilet paper to remove makeup. The Pentagon uses an average of 666 rolls of toilet paper each day.

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    Even though it’s probably never a topic of conversation you thought you’d have (I mean, who would really?), there are a lot of fun facts about toilet paper in the world. For example, Did you know that the average amount of time a toilet paper roll lasts in the most used bathroom of a house is 5 days? Also, There is a “right” and “wrong” way to hang a roll of toilet paper. 72% of people hang the toilet paper roll with the end of the paper roll going over the top, which is considered the “right” way. The other 18%, well, they just need to get with the program.

    Conclusion

    Whether you want to know what kind of toilet paper Beyoncé uses, what your toilet paper placement says about your intelligence, or what the best toilet paper is, there’s an answer to your question. If you know your toilet paper fun facts, you’ll always be a hit at a party!

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    Featured photo credit: Dean Hochman via c1.staticflickr.com

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    Last Updated on March 13, 2019

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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