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By Richard Smyth

This can be the hidden background of an invention that we use each day yet seldom dare to talk of. In medieval China it used to be state-of-the-art expertise. For 19th-century americans it used to be a newfangled replacement to dried corncobs and the Sears & Roebuck catalogue. Wits in Georgian London most well-liked pages of undesirable poetry. The sages of historic Athens have been content material to wield the xylospongion as an alternative. It's the story of bathroom paper; the biography of bumfodder. From its origins on the Imperial court docket of Emperor Hongwu to its reinvention as a quack treatment for haemorrhoids in 1870s big apple urban; from the Dutch and their mussel-shells to Henry VIII and his Groom of the Stool; from Madame de Prie's pioneering bidet to the space-age Washlet; from leaf-wielding chimpanzees to Mr Thirsty Fiber and the world's first three-adjective loo-roll – it's a narrative of necessity and invention, luxurious and squalor, scan and culture. What does a submarine team do while it runs out of bathroom paper? Who stole the Pope's loo-roll? Does printer's ink reason piles? How do you fold a sheet of bathroom paper in part greater than seven occasions? What did 'bumphleteers' do, and why? Richard Smyth solutions the questions you by no means idea to invite concerning the product we can't dwell with out.

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MECHANICAL BULLS BOOMERANGS BANANA PEELS CATAPULTS RENAISSANCE FAIRS MAD SCIENTISTS FLOTATION DEVICES SEAFOOD REGULAR BUNNIES THE EASTER BUNNY ALLIGATORS DECOYS GREEK MYTHOLOGY BEAR TRAPS AFRICAN SAFARIS HIPPOPOTAMI PRIMATES PIRANHAS WITCHCRAFT ZOMBIES REALLY WANT . .

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Shamble .. buyeatmore fleshlofaxactliviinvesg TO-DO LISTS TORNADOES TOXIC WASTE ACUPUNCTURE PARACHUTES QUICKSAND IGNORANCE COHABITATION ZOMBIES HAVE MAJOR ISSUES WITH . . MECHANICAL BULLS BOOMERANGS BANANA PEELS CATAPULTS RENAISSANCE FAIRS MAD SCIENTISTS FLOTATION DEVICES SEAFOOD REGULAR BUNNIES THE EASTER BUNNY ALLIGATORS DECOYS GREEK MYTHOLOGY BEAR TRAPS AFRICAN SAFARIS HIPPOPOTAMI PRIMATES PIRANHAS WITCHCRAFT ZOMBIES REALLY WANT . .

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