Did You Know
Albert Einstein was named an honorary member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union after saying publicly that he would become a plumber if he had to do it all over again.
Hot and cold water systems were developed by the Greeks, but some believed hot water to be "unmanly".
Copper piping, which is the #1 material used for plumbing work in today’s world, is the same material that the Egyptians used to lay their own pipe - some 3000 years ago!
Archaeologists have recovered a portion of a water plumbing system from the Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt. The evidence of indoor plumbing in palaces has dating back to 2500 B.C.E.
In the tomb of a king of the Western Han Dynasty in China (206 BC to 24 AD), archaeologists discovered a 2,000-year-old “toilet” - complete with running water, a stone seat and even a comfortable armrest! The finding: marked the earliest-known water closet, which is quite like what we are using today, in the entire world.
What people used before toilet paper
- French Royalty- lace
- Viking Age in England- discarded sheep's wool
- Early Eskimos- snow and tundra moss
- The Wealthy of Ancient Rome- wool and rosewater
- Early Europeans- straw, hay, and grass
- Early US- newsprint, paper catalogue pages
The flushing toilet was invented in 1596 by Sir John Harington. Harington, a British nobleman and godson of Queen Elizabeth I, invented a valve that when pulled would release water from a water closet.
Rumor has it that, in Robin Hood's day, King Arthur - angry with how his brother ruled the country while the King was gone, named fair toilette, 'the john' - AKA as 'the Jon' to you folks.
The pentagon uses, on average, about 666 rolls of toilet paper every day.
In 1999 the Paperless Toilet was introduced in Japan. It is complete with a washing/rinsing mechanism, a blow-drying component and a heating element.