1. Toilet paper made for its core purpose was invented in China in the 14th Century, used by the emperors of the day. However paper which existed in China for hundreds toilet paper by bulk of years beforehand was probably used for the same purpose once is was no longer needed. This would have been from about the 2nd century although the first proof of its use to clean the bottom was in the 6th century.
2. There are many types of toilet tissue ranging from rough to smooth, 1-ply to 4- (or more-) ply. They can be embossed, can come in various colours and can be printed on. In nearly all countries they come in a roll. However, in a few places they can be sold as individual sheets of paper. Some dispensers also use individual sheets They can have added ingredients such as a aloe or other softening wax. Some will also have antiseptic additives or even perfumes. Toilet tissue can come in a variety of quality grades from low to high quality. They can come in small domestic rolls or very large rolls for dispensers.
3. Loo paper is not universal. Many cultures do not use it at all, preferring to use a bidet or other source of water to wash themselves with. Many people, if they have the opportunity, will use a combination of the two. Some people will use other methods such as animal skin (possibly rewashable), rags, leaves, or even sand. In colder climates, snow is also used.
4. Generally, toilet tissue has shorter fibres than other paper. This helps it break down in septic tanks and through general sewage.
5. When cleaning rooms, some hotels will fold the ends of the toilet paper in order to impress guests
6. For many years toilet paper has come wrapped around a cardboard tube. However, in order to reduce costs and materials some rolls are tubeless.
… and some perhaps lesser known toilet paper facts:
7. Some rougher toilet papers make very good musical instruments when wrapped around a hair comb. By blowing with lips only lightly touching the paper, a vibration effect turns the voice into a ra