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Roman ceramic 'gaming pieces' were loo roll

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:42 PM

Ancient artefacts thought to be early gaming pieces will have to be reclassified after new research which claims they were actually used to wipe bottoms.

The flat, disc-shaped Roman relics have been in the collection at Fishbourne Roman Palace in Chichester, West Sussex, since the Sixties.

Up until now museum experts thought the items were used for early games like draughts, but an article in the British Medical Journal has now proposed that they have a very different function.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 10:55 PM

:blush: :unsure2: :whistle: :w00t:    Now THAT is a tough lot!

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 03:18 PM

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It had been thought that they were chips used to play an ancient game, also known as 'pessoi',  but research published last month in the BMJ drew from classical sources to present evidence that they were also used to clean up after going to the toilet.
Wait, what?

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 01:57 PM

probably better than using papyrus


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 02:51 PM

"According to Professor Charlier's article, the Greeks and Romans even inscribed some of their pessoi with the names of their enemies or others they didn't like.
Thus everytime they went to the toilet they would literally be wiping their faecal matter on the names of hated individuals."


:w00t: :w00t: :w00t:


Edited by pallidin, 25 January 2013 - 02:53 PM.


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 04:03 PM

Would be difficult for people like me, I'm not a folder I'm a scruncher


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 07:46 PM

Haw haw haw.


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:03 PM

View Postpallidin, on 25 January 2013 - 02:51 PM, said:

"According to Professor Charlier's article, the Greeks and Romans even inscribed some of their pessoi with the names of their enemies or others they didn't like.
Thus everytime they went to the toilet they would literally be wiping their faecal matter on the names of hated individuals."


:w00t: :w00t: :w00t:


This makes complete sense for the Romans ,given they did stuff like this with certain spells .
There are modern spells ,that definitely are distant ancestors of these rites .


There are spells that come to mind when I read this actually ...

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:13 PM

Remember the three sea shells in Demolition Man?
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:43 PM

Haha check out the photo of Dr. Symmons from the article!

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He's so proud :w00t:

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:39 PM

View PostOverSword, on 25 January 2013 - 08:13 PM, said:

Remember the three sea shells in Demolition Man?
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No,but I can see you sure did. Very Freudian OS
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:21 PM

No wonder the Romans were Bad A**


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Posted 26 January 2013 - 04:19 AM

"Uncomfortable" is one thing. What I wonder is... were these one-use or recyclable?


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Posted 26 January 2013 - 07:05 AM

That is one of the things I dislike about having to go to the States sometimes; they force you to use toilet paper.  A simple sprayer or of course one of the modern toilets that does it all from inside the bowl, or even a bidet, is much cleaner, doesn't require the destruction of trees, is much easier on the sewerage system and is more comfortable (especially for those with handicaps and the obese).

I provide toilet paper in my house for those who feel they need to dry themselves after spraying, but I think this unnecessary.


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Posted 26 January 2013 - 08:24 AM

View PostFrank Merton, on 26 January 2013 - 07:05 AM, said:

That is one of the things I dislike about having to go to the States sometimes; they force you to use toilet paper.  A simple sprayer or of course one of the modern toilets that does it all from inside the bowl, or even a bidet, is much cleaner, doesn't require the destruction of trees, is much easier on the sewerage system and is more comfortable (especially for those with handicaps and the obese).

I provide toilet paper in my house for those who feel they need to dry themselves after spraying, but I think this unnecessary.

Frankly (couldn't help myself) have fun sharing toilet water splashing and "washing" your junk and exit with the amount of stds and homelesss people that travel the public toilet systems I suprised there isn't a free Hazmat Suit upon entry into most public toilets. Of coarse the romans didn't need to worry they could banish "tainted" people hahaha.

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