Friday, June 28, 2013

A Few Toilet Facts...!

I thought we would start out our Friday with a few obscure facts about the most necessary item in the home, the toilet!

The toilet actually has an interesting history. Funny how something we seldom think about can be so interesting!

1. The film “Psycho” was the first movie to show a toilet flushing – the scene caused an inpouring of complaints about indecency

2. Pomegranates studded with cloves were used as the first attempt at making toilet air-freshner

3. Hermann Goering refused to use regulation toilet paper – instead he bought soft white handkerchiefs in bulk and used them

4. Over $100,000 US dollars was spent on a study to determine whether most people put their toilet paper on the holder with the flap in front or behind; the answer: three out of four people have the flap in the front

5. King George II of Great Britain died falling off a toilet on the 25th of October 17602 Facts

6. The average person spends three whole years of their life sitting on the toilet

7. The first toilet cubicle in a row is the least used (and consequently cleanest)

8. An estimated 2.6 billion people worldwide do not have access to proper toilet facilities, particularly in rural areas of China and India.

9. The Roman army didn’t have toilet paper so they used a water soaked sponge on the end of a stick instead!

10. The toilet is flushed more times during the super bowl halftime than at any time during the year.

11. 90% of pharmaceuticals taken by people are excreted through urination. Therefore our sewer systems contain heavy doses of drugs. A recent study by the EPA has found fish containing trace amounts of estrogen, cholesterol-lowering drugs, pain relievers, antibiotics, caffeine and even anti-depressants.

12. Lack of suitable toilets and sanitation kills approximately 1.8 million people a year, many of them children.

13. The toilet handle in a public restroom can have up to 40,000 germs per square inch.

14. While he didn’t invent the toilet, Thomas Crapper perfected the siphon flush system we use today. He was born in the village of Thorne – which is an anagram of throne.

15. In a 1992 survey, British public toilets were voted the worst in the world. Following quickly behind were Thailand, Greece, and France.

Boy, if you ever wanted some trivia to store away for hard times, then this is it! Might come in handy someday!

Coffee in the kitchen this morning. It's going back up to the 100 degree mark again today. It hit 103 yesterday.


Mamahen said...

Since I am at the moment a guest of our local hospital, I can't help but wonder what the numbers look like concerning the germ count in the bathroom here..hmmmm I think i'll go wash my hands again.....

linda m said...

WOW, those are some impressive stats about toilets. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend and I'm going to go wash my hands again.

Sixbears said...

Having once dug up my whole septic system by hand, I have a greater appreciation for the subject than most.

Chickenmom said...

Wow! Didn't realize our fish were so mediated. Very hot and humid here, too!

JO said...

Sixbears I had to do the same, but gave up and called someone. It was a job beyond me. :(P

But this post was quite the stinker some interesting facts. They left out one really filthy toilet, the pit toilets in some camp grounds should be closed over.

Heat everywhere.

HermitJim said...

Hey Momahen...
Sorry, I didn't know you were a guest at the hospital! Nothing serious, I hope!

Much hand washing is probably called for in your case!

Thanks for coming by today!

Hey Linda...
Some of them are pretty unusual, for sure! More than I ever wanted to know!

Thanks for dropping by today!

Hey Sixbears...
I can bet that is a job! Wouldn't want to do it myself!

Thanks, my friend, for coming by today!

Hey Phyllis...
We could have the most medicated fish in the world!

Seems like hot is the new norm!

Thanks for the visit this morning!

Hey Jo...
It was a stinker of a post! I totally agree about the facilities in most campgrounds! Need lots of sanitation work in some of them!

Thanks, sweetie, for coming over this morning!

Dizzy-Dick said...

I knew about the "medicated" fish, but not all "toilet" facts. I can think of a couple more questions, but will not ask them now. . .