THE HISTORY OF THE TOILET!


ACTION BRAINIAC Did you know that you spend up to three years
of your lifetime on the toilet? The average person will spend
one-and-a-half years in their life in the bathroom Women spend an average of one year seven
months and fifteen days longer in the bathroom men. However, men spend more time on the toilet than
women do: an hour and 45 minutes every week compared to an hour and 20 minutes per
week for women. Whatever you may choose to call it powder room, lavatory, outhouse, washroom, dunny, restroom, latrine, water closet, john can, crapper, or even House of Honor… The
toilet is one the most time-consuming aspects of our lives. That is quite funny
actually considering that more people in the world have mobile phones rather than toilets. One
billion people still defecate in the open in the absence of a toilet,
and according to the United Nations 2.6 billion people still lack indoor toilet facilities particularly in rural
areas of China and India. Just think about it: You now have the privilege of playing Candy Crush on your indoor can but where did it all come from? Which primitive individual first
had the idea of sitting on a toilet? Cultures as far back as 3,000 BC were flushing away within their own improvised systems of moving water around many sources cite ancient Crete’s King Minos 18th century BC as
having the world’s first flush toilet but members of the Harappa civilization in what is now India had toilets in their
homes that drained into subterranean clay chambers.
The people in Skara Brae a 31st century BC settlement in what’s
now Scotland even had the idea to use a draining system
in combination with a nearby river in order to automatically sweep out
their dirty business. A few thousands years later the Romans
were masters in flushing away waste. Massive aqueducts brought massive volumes of freshwater into Roman cities. Rome’s famous
public baths were well stocked with urinal style toilets
that drained into its meticulous sewage system. But private bathrooms
where a rarity reserved for the wealthy Well, once the Roman Empire fell the idea of public sanitation fell with it. The
entire world didn’t go any further for quite a few centuries than
using the traditional chamber pot, the most low-tech approach for the most
low-tech era when European city dwellers casually threw the contents into the
public streets where they mixed with horse droppings If you think today’s cities smell bad, just imagine Landon, Paris or Prague in the 16th century… It wasn’t until 1596 when a man
named John Harrington published his own manual for the assembly of the first flush toilet. A simple idea of combining a mechanical valve and a tank of water. The two basic
components that are still found today in our modern “thrones”. From that point onwards, the history of toilets was marked by small enhancements such as the constant pool of water developed by Alexander Cummings in 1775 so to finally prevent bad smells. 18th century inventors refind the flushing mechanism and flow of water whereas
their 19th century successors added better drainage and valves that
thankfully leaked less. English plumber Thomas Crapper, ridiculed for his name
as you may have guessed, did much to popularize the private
flushing toilet in Europe leading many to falsely believe he invented it. The only great toilet innovation of the
20th century was that of integrating the water tank into the seat itself rather than a
attaching it to a wall. Beyond that, 100 years of slight tinkering haven’t advanced the basic design one bit,
just created variations for the main design. So we have the flush toilet, the squat toilet common in Turkish and
Japanese households which is a porcelain hole in the floor
that individuals have to hover over with their knees bent in a squat
position. Urinals, commonly seen in men’s restrooms;
The incinerating toilet, instead of using water to flush away
waste, this one burns excrement and other waste products. The composting toilet composts human waste by removing moisture from
excrement The outhouse or pit toilet, commonly found at campgrounds or in
extremely rural areas, which is a hole dug in the ground with a
small structure built on top of it In some places this outhouse is called an
Arborloo, and is built over a shallow pit which, when
filled, is used to plant a tree. What is mind
blowing at this moment is that doctors specialized in colon
disease are now promoting the squatting stance blaming many of the current colon related
diseases on our toilet posture. It seems that the way we relax on the loo, checking that inbox on our smartphones, is
actually pretty bad for us. So perhaps these 4000 years of
inventions will just be sending us back to where we came from. Who knows what the next toilet related
invention will be? So the toilet as we know it today is a pretty new
invention after all. Even commercial toilet paper came pretty
late. In 1857 when Joseph Gayetty first advertised TP with alow but it was
a complete failure. Perhaps marketing it as a remedy for
hemorrhoids was not a good idea, because after that, two brothers, Edward and Clarence Scott, just went with
the classical idea toilet paper rolls and sales took off! According to researchers, before toilet
paper was invented, people used: in the US – corn cobs, leaves, newsprint or paper catalog pages, in early England – they used discarded sheep’s wool, in medieval Europe – straw, hay or grass. In India – water and your left hand. In Hawaii – coconut shells The French Royalty used lace, Ancient
Romans used a sponge soaked in saltwater or the end of a stick, and the wealthy
from Ancient Rome used wool and rose water.. so thankful that
toilet paper exists, right? OK. So, there are billions of fun
facts about toilets out there, so before we go we
gathered the best ones for you: 1. 90% of pharmaceuticals taken by people
are excreted through urination. Thus, a recent study by the EPA has found fish containing trace amounts of estrogen, cholesterol-lowering drugs, pain relievers, antibiotics, and even anti-depressants. 2. The first toilet cubicle in a row is the least used and consequently
cleanest. 3. The inhabitants of ancient Rome had a sewer goddess named Cloacina. 4. The most expensive toilet in the galaxy is found in space. Each toilet in space costs about $90 million dollars. 5. The toilet is flushed more times during the Super Bowl
halftime than at any time during the year. 7. Urine on the toilet seat, although disgusting, it’s actually a nearly sterile liquid. 8. World Toilet Day takes place on November 19th each year. 9. King George the 2nd of
Great Britain died falling off a toilet on the 25th of October
1760 10. Some Americans travel to Canada to get around a Conservation Law which
only allows low flush toilets to be installed.
These being said and hoping you’re not watching this while on the can 🙂 thanks for watching and don’t forget to
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