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19 May, 2005

Bottom line

Did you know that in 1963 provision of toilet paper to the entire British Government (not only Parliament but also the Civil Service including embassies abroad) was the direct responsibility of Her Majesty's Stationery Office?
Did you know that it took a bureaucratic battle lasting eighteen years to convince the procurement authorities to switch from 'hard' paper to 'soft', and why?
Do you realise that means that as recently as 1981 the administrators of the United Kingdom were wiping with shiny paper (think: fax roll)?

That explains so much.

[Via Neil Gaiman]


wiping with shiny paper

I remember that stuff - I've still got the scars...

Posted by Siobhan at May 19, 2005 10:32 PM
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