George V. Reilly

History of Toilet Paper

Let me tell you, people go on and on about what a great idea electricity was, but I'm going to put toilet paper right next to the wheel and say those are the best ideas anyone's ever had. Scoff at it if you will, but try living for two millennia without it and then we'll talk. - Kevin Hearne

At Freely Speaking Toast­mas­ters tonight, Kim gave a talk on the History of Toilet Paper. It was inspired by the quote above from the Iron Druid Chronicles, by a 2000-year-old druid.

She got much of her in­for­ma­tion from wikipedia. I found the toilet paper FAQ while writing this post.

At FSTM, after the speech evaluator gives the speaker a formal evaluation, we have five minutes of open evaluation from the audience.

My father has a hundred or so sayings that he trots out again and again and again—much to the annoyance of those who know him well. When he moved from the Dublin to the London office of his bank in the late eighties, his staff presented him with an album of the Collected Sayings of C. Vincent Reilly.

One of his favorite sayings had come to mind during Kim’s speech. It became my con­tri­bu­tion to the open evaluation.

In days of old
 when knights were bold
 before toilet paper was invented,
they wiped their asses
 with sods of grasses
 and walked away quite contented.
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