The jakes/ 18th century toilet paper

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  1. Medicine maker

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    Patrick O'Brian, who wrote the Master and Commander series of books (must read if you're a fan of historical fiction!) describes the use of "toe" in conjunction with the privy/jakes/head. Otherwise, I'd never heard of its use!
     
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    Thanks for the book info. Outside of Keith whose gathered so much of this information I have not heard of this either. But I dont doubt the sources.
     
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    TP is certainly one of the most valuable items of modern civilization. Just try using something else instead. I've used moss, leaves, sticks, last year's fishing license, old Ward's catalog pages, even a corn cob (once). All get poor reviews from me.
     
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    Seriously I dont know why more people dont take something like this more seriously. Ive been lucky enough to ,so far, always had lambs-ear within reaching distance each time.
     
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    As I recall, the author also uses the word, "lint" to describe toe. The joys of reading - trivia galore to share!
     
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    Nicest thing I ever used was a fleece glove. Figured it was easier to shove my hands in my pockets than cut my long John's all up.
     
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    water is king in my book. cleanest feel ever. In this country a stick was commonly used in the old days. But one thing to keep in mind is that peoples diets have changed dramatically these last 50 years even and even more so the last 100. The results are different from berries and tacos, trust me :D
     
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