Now that the coronavirus is cleaning us all out of toilet paper, it might be a good time to ask: what did people use before toilet paper?
In this video Heimler does his duty to help explain how it is that we came to rely on rolls of paper to clean up our backside unmentionables. It starts with a history of wiping, goes through ancient China, turns the corner at the Protestant Reformation, stops for a minute in the Industrial Revolution, and ends up in the golden age of American advertising and flush toilets.
If you’ve ever wondered about the history of toilet paper (unlikely) then Heimler is going to splain it up real nice for you.
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