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Soap Tax

England (yes, again!) started taxing soap in 1711. By the time the tax was repealed in 1853, it was raking in the equivalent of $125 million a year in today's money. People were already interested in getting clean, but the tax repeal made soap even more popular. And if it would mean an end to the inane Axe Body Wash ads, we might sign a petition for its reinstatement.


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