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October 8, 2014 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Paper thin thoughts

Parma under sail. Villiers/NMM, Greenwich/PD released/

Lofty look.(Villiers/PD/

Uninterrupted – except by necessity – a paper list unfolds.

Strength (Yet, to alleviate stress, must be able to disengage easily.)

Longevity (Endless and forever only a misty dream?)

Required. Much desired. Still list refined along these lines:

Environmentally conscious. Green. (In case there are visitors.)

Beauty mentioned. (Of course. How could that be overlooked?)

Gentle. (It’s just the era we’re in.)

Always aware of the dotted lines. (Do any really notice?)

Smoothly flowing. Layered, but rolling as one.

sails as seen from below.Tropenmann/PD released/

Wind blown in life (PD/

Sturdy to meet the challenge. (Designed for functionality from the beginning.)

Tough enough for the job.

Yet fragile enough to melt after work.

Sorely missed when gone.

(Who hasn’t wept when, seemingly endless, it unexpectedly was?)

Once cherished as luxury.

Now how absurd that thought. No possible way to exist without.

A human right. (Certainly makes one feel more human.)

Although sometimes a source of disagreement. (How this to be presented to company?)

toilet paper roll. Coetzee/US PD/

There’s an art to it.(PD/

Toilet paper observations and the tissue side of life.

Sheets to the wind.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

sailboat. Moreton Bay, 1905.Oxley Lib.Queensland/PD/

Simple joys.(1905.Oxley,Queensland/PD/

On a roll? A few giggles:

  • When/where did the first toilet paper appear? Some time later, Joseph Gayetty created the “modern” commercial product in the US, but it was different. There are /were other options – depending on country, weather, and social customs. (ask any hiker) Piece some together here.
  • Toilet paper wars. Really. Kimberly-Clark vs P&G over truth in advertising. National Advertising Division of BBB declares ads misleading. Β “Scraping Bear Bottom”Β (And I didn’t make that up)
  • VIDEO. It’s all about their softer side? Wall Street Journal. Major brands facing tough competition from store-brand toilet paper.(2013)
  • Are you with Jay Leno or Ann Landers? Would be engineers take a scientific approach. “Over or Under? The science of toilet paper orientation.”
Charmin bears. youtube screen shot

As bare as they get. (Charmin Bears from YouTube video. Yes, you can watch all their commercials on YouTube or on their website)





  1. shoreacres / Oct 8 2014 1:08 pm

    When I was in Liberia, the Lebanese shopkeepers in Gbarnga stocked Russian toilet paper. Think waxed paper. Truly. Of course, in the midwest, there always have been those stories about corn cobs. πŸ™‚


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 8 2014 1:50 pm

      Not just midwest….Not just stories….(The “panther house” was feared for more than one reason at the farm. Those places weren’t very water proof either.)
      Friends/family seem to pack a bit of toilet paper when traveling to some places. When felling poorly, one can get homesick and little things make a difference, they say. If civilization crashes, toilet paper might be the best investment? Thanks for rolling along


  2. easyweimaraner / Oct 8 2014 1:24 pm

    My grand granny still used old newspapers as I was a little girl. It was a horror and even the Charmin Bear would run screaming away :o) the worst was the the ole newspaper wasn’t colorfast and we all got a black butt :o(


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 8 2014 1:52 pm

      And the colored ink easily rubbed off, too! Dark heavy clothing was chosen for multiple reasons? Thanks for rolling over a comment


  3. Your Moderate Mama / Oct 8 2014 1:38 pm


    “Sorely missed when gone”… more so at 3am!!

    “Once cherished as luxury.

    Now how absurd that thought. No possible way to exist without.”

    My poppy (age 84) always talks about how they used the old Sears catalog in their outhouse… yikes!!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 8 2014 2:02 pm

      Apparently Sears was everything to everyone for a long time. Seems people hung up the catalog on a nail/string, but the problem with that would be rain blowing in. (We really don’t know how good we have it.) Thanks for tearing off a comment to add

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  4. bulldog / Oct 8 2014 1:45 pm

    don’t want to mention all that I’ve used when caught short in the outback… but suffice it to say… some worked well and gave one a good scratch at the same time… others worked well but caused an itch at the same time…
    You do cover some touchy subjects that with a slip could land you in the sh…t


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 8 2014 1:57 pm

      Anyone who takes long hikes has struggled. (Always watch for poison ivy – and fire ants here) Your comment seems to have it covered – thanks!


  5. Paul / Oct 8 2014 2:40 pm

    I used to haul TP. Tons and Tons and Tons of TP. It was reassuring knowing that if I had an emergency stop for relief, that there was a whole tractor-trailer load just waiting for me if I needed it.

    Funny Post Phil – you indeed have earned your title as the Philosopher. *bows in awe*


  6. wiseabundance / Oct 8 2014 3:54 pm

    When traveling I do often take a roll or two of TP. You’re right, of course, that what was once considered a luxury is now deemed a necessity. Very enjoyable and insightful. πŸ˜€


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 8 2014 4:10 pm

      Universal tissues, I mean, issues…people do have a lot in common if they care to notice. Glad you got a giggle -Thanks for floating a comment this way


  7. Carrie Rubin / Oct 8 2014 5:39 pm

    I saw an ad for a brand that eliminates the cardboard holder in the middle. Less waste and better for the environment. I haven’t looked for it yet in the store, but it’s an interesting and worthwhile pursuit. Anything that can eliminate trash is a good thing.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 8 2014 6:33 pm

      It first came as folded sheets in a box. Retro possibility? One thing I can see about not having the cardboard in the middle is that in a humid climate, thin limp paper won’t hold its’ shape very well.
      Beside, the dog likes to chase the tubes…cheap entertainment has a value all its’ own (and all those art projects!) Thanks for stacking in a comment


  8. katecrimmins / Oct 8 2014 7:17 pm

    You certainly cover the topics end to end!


  9. pegoleg / Oct 9 2014 5:13 pm

    I didn’t guess until the end – good one! And this is a product for which I am TRULY thankful.


  10. angelswhisper2011 / Oct 9 2014 7:01 pm

    Philmouse, that’s a lot of information for something what it’s meant for ..MOL.. Granny remembers when she was little, that she had to use the newspaper and later, when it was on a role, the paper felt the same, but without the news… πŸ˜€ Pawkisses πŸ™‚


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 9 2014 10:23 pm

      Softness appreciated in life now. (and a little rolling amusement for a paw now and then?) Thanks for wrapping up a comment to leave. Soft fluffy paw waves!

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  11. EllaDee / Oct 9 2014 8:30 pm

    I wonder if newspaper TP was the origin of people taking reading material to the loo, taking their time and creating queues and the necessity for a lit match! Our household compromise is soft & white (the G.O.’s preference) vs recycled not so soft & white but acceptable… she who shops wins πŸ™‚


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 9 2014 10:28 pm

      Now that explanation is a real possibility. (So many options- people have careers creating all these varieties…what do those people say about their jobs at dinner parties?)
      Thanks for tearing off a comment to leave


  12. PiedType / Oct 10 2014 8:37 pm

    Just as I was starting to feel the wind in my face and hear the canvas snapping, you brought it down to TP. What a tease you are.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 10 2014 8:57 pm

      On a little tear back to mundane reality. Agreed a bit unfair rolling into a weekend. Thanks for giggling along


  13. jannatwrites / Oct 12 2014 3:33 pm

    Oh yes, TP is a must! I’m spoiled, as we always had it in the house (2-ply- not that icky public bathroom singly layer stuff!) That is one thing I make sure we don’t run out of (thank you, Costco πŸ™‚ )


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 13 2014 1:55 pm

      One item worth making room for! We used to even carry it on summer vacation trips – the National Parks’ budget was minimal even then. Thanks for stocking the comment shelf


  14. jmmcdowell / Oct 16 2014 8:52 pm

    I’ll admit that nice soft, absorbent TP is something I wouldn’t want to do without. We took some to England with us, just in case, because we weren’t sure what kind of facilities we’d find hiking along Hadrian’s Wall. Luckily, we didn’t need it. But I did end up wishing I would’ve brought some wash cloths!


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