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I was reading the Ghost of the Grand Banks and
thought the Titanic story could have had a very
different outcome were the loo paper had been
mostly balsa wood.
If it had, the passengers would simply wrap
themselves in the loo roll, go over the side and
wait for assistance.
||If it's used loo roll, that assistance is going to be a long, long time arriving ...
||During WWII, when the Shetland islands were cut off from
regular supplies, they briefly experimented with plywood loo
||Didn't they just sit on their bums then scrape
themselves across the rough grass? Donald Trump
does this, only he sits on the carpet instead of the
rough grass as his bum is too delicate, and
someone has to drag him backwards and forwards,
using his feet, as he can't manage on his own. It's
||//Didn't they just sit on their bums then scrape themselves
across the rough grass? // Most of the rough grass in the
Shetlands at that time was being grazed intensively by
sheep, as part of the war effort. The plywood loo paper
was an effective stop-gap and, for a time, the War Ministry
considered deploying it among front-line troops. In the
end, though, circumstances changed and little if any of the
stockpile was used by troops, although some found its
way onto the black market. A little-known fact is that all of
the Airspeed Horsa gliders that were manufactured at the
Chelmsford factory had their fuselages skinned with loo-
paper plywood, which was helically wound and glued in two