The whims of paper shortage

It has been more than a month since the peak of the toilet paper war. I thought that the shortage of toilet paper was just a gust of wind that could pass in the past few days. But I did not expect that this has become the new normal of Australian life now? It’s a protracted battle!

A few days ago, a friend sent me a link saying: “The person who created this website is really a genius!”

I opened the letter and looked at the suspicious place. It is actually a website that calculates the amount of toilet paper! According to the prompt, I entered the information of the toilet paper at home in turn, and a miserable number jumped out: five days. This is undoubtedly a terrifying figure. Judging from the current state of the outbreak in Australia, it is impossible to return to normal within five days. If you save some, you can reduce the amount of each time by one…

“do not!”

Too late, the little guy had put two whole rolls of toilet paper into the washing machine and pressed the wash button. By the time I arrived, the two wet balls of waste paper were lying in the drum dying.

That’s the only toilet paper left at home! Seeing the little naughty with a triumphant smile, my heart was bleeding. Is it true that you have to pay a high price for things that will eventually flush into the toilet? Reluctantly, I had to search the Internet and plan to send money to a villain who was in danger. The result was stunned to find that the two traders also sold out the stalls? This is too cruel!

At this time, her husband rushed into the house from the balcony and rushed out of the door with the fastest clothes I had ever seen since getting acquainted, and only had the time to take the next sentence: “Go to Woolworths, just bought a pack of toilet paper opposite!”

I hope to give people confidence, I will renew my fighting spirit, and a pack of toilet paper can last for a month. I have to do something, and the safety of the whole family is pinned on me! A flash of light flashed through. A few days ago, a colleague shared the method of making toilet paper with you. At that time, I thought she was kidding. Now I decided to take it seriously!

“10 newspapers or about 300 grams of copy paper, large barrels, leaves and grass, metal spoons, bath towels, baby massage oil, rolling pin, wooden board, scissors…” Haha, there must be a way before the car! The materials are so simple, I’ll work hard and make my own toilet paper! Just do it!

Being busy, the phone rang, the mother called. When I heard that I wanted to make my own toilet paper, my mother laughed and said that when you were a kid, you couldn’t afford white toilet paper with luxurious toilet paper. So in most cases, you can only use other things to replace it. Sorghum stalks.

“Sorghum stalk?” I almost shocked my chin. “How do you use that shiny thing?”

“Fool, won’t you break it from the middle?”

“That would not scratch…”

“Aren’t you going to lighten up?” Mom said in a irresponsible tone.

Ancient Rome “Tesolum”

Aftermath tool “Pesoy”

Ancient “sanitary stick”

I have opened my eyes, not right, it should be “open ears”. I only remember that when I was a kid, I often greeted sugarcane, but it was difficult to buy sugarcane except in the winter market. A group of our children will set their eyes on the sweet sorghum stalk that looks very tempting, and every time we cut off some roots for adults to solve our greed. But now my mother said…I don’t eat sorghum stalks anymore, not sugarcane.

However, my mother’s words suddenly aroused my curiosity. Who invented the toilet paper? Before toilet paper came out, what did people use to wipe their ass? I decided to check it out.

Enter the word “toilet paper” in the search bar, and the overwhelming information will come out: the history of the toilet paper crisis, teach you how to buy toilet paper… etc. What is this? “Bicycle becomes Australia’s new toilet paper…” Can the word be used this way? The word “toilet paper” can no longer be taken lightly, we have witnessed its rise!

Opening “Wikipedia”, I saw that it said: toilet paper, also known as toilet paper, is a kind of thin soft paper for people to use for toilet cleaning or other cleaning purposes. As early as the 6th century AD, China began to widely use toilet paper, and in 1391 produced a prototype version of modern toilet paper for the royal use at that time. More than 400 years later, toilet paper was introduced into the Western world. In 1857, an American named Joseph Getty founded the Getty Company in New Jersey to produce toilet paper, and also printed his name on each piece of paper. It’s a pity that the good times don’t last, and Getty’s toilet paper business didn’t end. In the next 100 years, talented people from various countries showed their abilities and entered the paper industry, so toilet paper slowly entered the public’s vision and began to become a daily necessity. It was just that at that time, the term “toilet paper” was still on people’s hidden list, and was not often mentioned. Unlike at present, “toilet paper” is boldly placed on the front page of the news, and even more people are fighting for a roll of toilet paper regardless of the epidemic.

Closer to home. Before the appearance of toilet paper, what did people use to wipe their ass?

According to the US National Geographic, during the Roman period, people used sponges soaked in vinegar or salt water to sticks to clean their butts. This thing is called tersorium, transliteration “Tesolum”. Used sponges will be placed in utensils filled with vinegar or salt water for reuse. However, some archaeologists have also questioned: “Whether do people use’Thoron aftermath, or clean toilets?” For this issue, we don’t have to struggle, or leave it to the archaeologists to debate. But I have to say that the ancient Romans were really good at playing, even a wiping tool is so modern.

The purpose of “Tesolum” has yet to be confirmed, and of course archaeologists are not idle. They also discovered another toilet tool, called pessoi, transliterated “Pesoi”, a small object made of round or oval stones or ceramic fragments. This tool has been excavated in the ruins of ancient Roman and Greek toilets, and even on a 2700-year-old water glass, it also depicts a picture of a “men’s squat toilet”, who is holding the “Pesoy” aftermath. . Even the Jewish “Talmud” mentions this kind of toilet tool.

Speaking of the aftermath of history, how can we forget our Greater China? In 1992, archaeologists unearthed seven so-called “sanitary sticks” along the ancient Silk Road in northwestern China – small wooden sticks or thin bamboo rods wrapped in cloth. It is reported that these “hygienic sticks” are already 2000 years old and are covered with what looks like human excrement. Subsequent testing confirmed this inference.

“These’hygienic sticks were unearthed in a toilet in ancient times and were contaminated with parasites that are only found in the human intestines.” said Jennifer Bates, an archaeologist at the Penn Museum of the University of Pennsylvania. “They are definitely used by people. Ever.”

In addition, it is worth mentioning the early Americas and Europe. People choose rags as toilet tools. Compared with other objects, the fabric is softer, does not damage the skin, and can even be washed repeatedly. It is inevitable that there are hidden health risks, especially in the case of improper cleaning. Residents living in the country have no extravagant fabrics available, and instead use cheap and easy-to-find cobs. It is said that until the advent of toilet paper, there are still people who keep the corn on the cob because of its soft and convenient characteristics. More interestingly, in France from the 15th to the 16th century, people would wipe with hemp, lace or wool. Of course, the high kings are determined not to be hands-on, they will have dedicated servants, known as “toilet paper knights”, to serve their noble ass.

In many countries of the world today, especially in the Middle East and other regions, it is considered extremely rude to shake hands with the left hand. Because people used to use their left hand as an effective aftercare tool (now there are)-wipe with their fingers dipped in water, and then wash their hands thoroughly. Some people say that this approach is more hygienic than using toilet paper! What do you think?

I am a stubborn and relatively conservative. I can’t use these novel aftercare methods, and I don’t plan to try them. Or be a loyal user of toilet paper.

The door rang, and her husband returned empty-handed with remorse, sighing: “They all waited there long before the supermarket opened, and I will go tomorrow morning.”

It seems that I still have to rely on me. Paper paper paper! I have to make toilet paper quickly.