Ever wondered if your toilet is just an ordinary plumbing fixture? You’d be surprised at the many things you did not know about your toilet.
Here are some interesting facts about toilets:
- Pomegranates combined with cloves were the first ingredients and also the first attempt to make a toilet air-freshener.
- The film Psycho was the first movie to show a toilet being flushed in a scene considered to be indecent back in the day.
- Over US$100,000 have been spent on a study as to whether or not most people put their toilet paper on the holder with the flap in front or behind. The findings: three out of four people have the flaps in front.
- Herman Goering did not want to use regulation toilet paper. Instead, he used soft white handkerchiefs.
- The average person spends at least three whole years of their life sitting in the toilet.
- King George II of Great Britain died after falling off a toilet in October 25, 1760.
- The first toilet cubicle in any bathroom row is often the cleanest because it’s the least used.
- 6 billion people do not have access to proper toilet facilities, especially in rural parts of China and India.
- The toilet is flushed more times during the Super Bowl halftime than any other time during the year.
- The Roman Army did not have toilet paper so they used a water-soaked sponge and attached it to the end of a stick instead.
- 90% of pharmaceutical products taken or ingested by people go through urination and as a result, the sewage contains heavy doses of drugs. A study from the EPA shows that fish contained trace amounts of estrogen, pain relievers, anti-depressants, and antibiotics.
- Toilet handle in a public restroom can contain 400,000 germs per square inch.
- The lack of suitable toilets and sanitation kills an approximate 1.8 million people a year, with most of them being children.
- A survey in 1992 showed that British public toilets were voted as the worst in the world, with France, Thailand, and Greece following behind.
- Thomas Crapper did not invent the toilet but he perfected the siphon flush system that we use today.