Soap has been around for nearly five thousand years. The discovery that the Mesopotamians made soap revolutionized the way people thought about soap… especially in regards to Mesopotamia.
The name “soap” was derived from Mount Sapo. Heat, ash and fat from animal sacrifices created a liquid soap that ran into a nearby river. Women washing clothes in that river noticed their laundry got a lot cleaner; plus, if one of their children had been swearing, washing his mouth out with the water taught him a valuable lesson.
Ivory Soap, the only soap that floats and smells like your grandma, was actually an accident. Too much air was mixed in giving it buoyancy. Fortunately, they were able to fix the manufacturing process by convincing the American public that they wanted floating soap.
The term “soap opera” comes from the 1930s when dreary repetitive radio dramas were sponsored by soap companies. If you’ve never seen a soap opera, they are basically pro-wrestling for shut-ins.
Soap started to be created on an industrial scale by the fifteen century. Sadly, they needed the industrial scale to weigh some bananas so soap production had to be put on hold.
A third of the world’s soap is used by the United States. Rumor is, a lot of it is being stockpiled to facilitate intense washing should we have to turn to cannibalism.
Soap is often an ingredient in industrial lubricants which makes it perfect for an already slippery bath or shower.
An analysis shows that, if everyone just washed their hands, 1.4 million lives could be saved. The same analysis shows that, if everyone just didn’t die, everybody could be saved.
What is commonly called “soap”, today, is not true soap. But, attempts to get people to call it “Cozbrak” failed utterly. At best you might be able to convince people to make quote marks with their fingers when saying “soap”…
In most soaps, there are toxins that should be avoided, according to people that make soaps that don’t have toxins. Regardless, you should eat no more than two bars a week.