Saturday, 26 January 2013

Wasting Away: More Roman Bog Roll II

It's lucky our friends read the papers, even if we don't. Turns out the BBC, that eminent news machine, has cottoned onto the story we reported on yesterday, thanks to Norwegian Friend's studious news consumption. An article pointed out to us by another friend (really we have so many friends now that we don't know what to do with them all, although one idea would be to gather them all together and have a giant party)  says pretty much exactly what our post yesterday reported, but with the addition of a learned classical allusion. Apparently, a helpful toilet-related ancient Greek proverb said (and we recommend you take note):

"Three stones are enough to wipe one's arse".

(For more learned Greek musings, see this archive post.)

Historical toilet paper: so fascinating! This stuff is from the Castle Museum in York.
"This Paper guaranteed to be perfectly Pure and Free from all Injurious Ingredients.
Specially recommended for Water Closet  use, also as a Disinfectant and Deodoriser."

Related Reading
Wasting Away: More Roman Bog Roll
A Calamitous and Inflammatory Blend of Toilet paper and History
Historical Toilets, Baths, and Kitchens - A Useful and Humbling Lesson

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