Yesterday, we almost ran out of toilet paper, and it immediately became number one on my shopping list. Without a doubt, toilet paper is one of those inventions that makes life easier. According to a recent survey, 49 percent of people choose toilet paper as their number one necessity if stranded on a desert island (ahead of food), and 69 percent agree that toilet paper is the 20th Century 'convenience' most taken for granted. That's one reason toilet paper has it's own holiday, observed every August 26th. So today, when nature calls, remember that what you're reaching for was invented in 1857 by Joseph Gayetty, one of history's unsung hero's.