James Buckley, Jr., author of a new book, The Bathroom Companion (Quirk Books), says the ancient Romans had no knowledge of two-ply toilet paper and were forced to wipe their bums on a communal sponge soaked in salt water.
Folks in medieval England cleaned their keisters with discarded sheeps wool while ancient Hawaiians preferred coconut shells.
During the 18th century, members of French royalty used lace doilies when doing their business.
These days, toilet paper is universally available but there are still some regional differences. For instance, T.P. in the Ivory Coast is named after popular American soap operas, which means the locals can buy brands like Dallas Jumbo or Santa Barbara.
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