There is a term related to the art of hotel toilet paper folding called “toilegami”. The reason for this hotel practice: “Hotels want to give their guests…confidence that the bathroom has been cleaned (so) the maid will fold over the last piece of toilet paper. It is subtle but effective”.
Toilet paper orientation was the most controversial issue in the 31 year history of the advice column of “Ask Ann Landers”, with 15,000 letters submitted on the topic.
2020 didn’t feature the first Toilet Paper Panic. In 1973, Johnny Carson made a joke about a toilet paper shortage, causing people to hoard enough to cause an actual nationwide shortage.
The first toilet paper factory in the USSR was built in 1969, 8 years after they went to space.
China’s Hongzhi Emperor (r. 1487-1505) used toilet paper made of silk. When he discovered that palace maids collected his used toilet paper to make curtains, he stopped using silk toilet paper – but this led to the unemployment of some silkworm farmers, so he went back to using silk toilet paper.
Before toilet paper, Ancient Romans used a sponge on the end of a long stick that was shared by everyone in the community. When not in use, the stick stayed in a bucket of heavily salted seawater in the communal bathroom.
The Farmer’s Almanac was once used to also serve as toilet paper. They drilled a hole in the corner so it could hang in an outhouse.
Johnny Carson caused a nationwide toilet paper shortage in 1973 by claiming on national TV that there was a toilet paper shortage.
Hoarding toilet paper is an example of “zero-risk bias”, which is where people prefer to try to eliminate one type of superficial risk entirely rather than do something that would reduce their total risk by a greater amount.
Colored toilet paper used to be really popular back in the 70’s, especially matching it to your bathroom decor. Doctors warnings and possible damage to the environment affected sales so badly companies stopped making it.