When ya gotta go…..


Due to the nationwide shortage of toilet paper, I feel it’s necessary to share a little history.

As well as a helpful alternative in these troubling times.

You know the old saying, “When in Rome?”





The Ancient Romans were never bothered by a lack of tripe ply Charmin.

No, sir.

Not when they had their handy tersoriums.




I’ll pause for a moment to let you conjure a mental image of using one the next time you pay a visit.

Got it?

Alright then…. moving on.





Death by lion…. or swallowing a tersorium?

Sorry, but I’m going with the lion every time.

And in case you’re interested?

You should be thanking this man that you’re not outside searching for a stick right now.




Joseph C. Gayetty.

The inventor of modern toilet paper.




Corn cobs?

No thank you.

But if the Covid shortage continues, we’re all going to wish the Sears catalog was still being printed.




And now that I think about it….

Maybe I need to check the husband’s barn for this stuff. If anyone has some, it will be my other half.




Far be it for me to woo my own destruction.

35 thoughts on “When ya gotta go…..”

  1. This post caused me to wonder which came first, toilet paper or bidet. Turns out the bidet, which means “little horse” in French, was invented by the French in the late 17th century, but never made much of a splash in America. You’d think the American hoi polloi before the invention of tp could’ve afforded a bidet in their outhouses, but the poor without houses had no choice. The point is that the well-to-do were just as behind the times as the masses.

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  2. As the use of the Sears Catalog reminds us Dr. Gayetty didn’t invent toilet paper; he greatly improved on an existing idea, which is impressive in itself.
    Oddly enough in all my years of Latin classes I never did learn about tersoria, although in the first month of my first class I learned the word “scortum”, meaning “prostitute”, and that it was a neuter noun.

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    1. Sorry to burst your bubble but….
      “The tersorium was shared by people using public latrines. To clean the sponge, they simply washed it in a bucket with water and salt or vinegar.[2] This became a breeding ground for bacteria, causing the spread of disease in the latrine”

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