What happens when you flush the toilet?
The average person does not know that when a toilet is flushed the stool flows down but some germs and bacteria float up via a flush cloud. The bacterium that floats up may find its way onto the tissue of the next individual’s usage.
Why the public needs to know the importance of restroom sanitation and how it can positively affect their health and income?
Public restrooms are often filthy places where one is very hesitant to take care of basic human elimination. One often finds wet floors, stained or un-flushed commodes and urinals, toilet paper and towels strewn all over the place and sinks littered with questionable items. Although most fastidious people try to avoid public restrooms, this is not always possible. Of late, one of the major concerns about using public restrooms is the possibility of contracting communicable disease (H1N1) or the flu. Urine and other body fluids that may contain bacteria and viruses can be left on commode seats. In fact, a poll taken by USA Today shows that 79 percent of Americans believe that disease can be transmitted by sitting on toilet seats.
Did you know that washing your hands with contaminated soap from bulk soap dispensers can leave your hands filthier than before you washed them?
To have peace of mind bring your own hand wipes which you can find in “The Restroom Kit”. Click to find out why!
Where does the air come from when using the Hand Drier’s in the public restroom?
New Research Says That Paper Towels Are More Sanitary Than Hand Dryers. Click to learn more!
My all-time favorite piece of toilet trivia:
My great-great grandfather, ThuiskoMühl, was a justice of the peace in Missouri in the late 1800’s. After administering wedding vows to a bride and groom, he had a special way of introducing the newlyweds to the nitty-gritty of domestic life. He would take a clean chamber pot, fill it with beer, float a German sausage in it, and ask the happy couple to toast their marriage and take a sip.
Castle moats were not just for defense:
Besides being an obstacle an enemy had to cross, water-filled moats also served as a castle’s sewer. Castles had rooms called garderobes which were small wardrobes for undressing, and relieving oneself. Garderobes were either built out from the castle wall, suspended over the moat, or built within the wall, and sluices sent the waste cascading into the moat. (At the Beaumariscastle in Wales, waste was discharged through the mouths of grimacing stone faces, like in the picture at left.) So, you could say a castle moat did double duty. While a wide moat was defensive, a stinky putrid moat was offensive too.
Where did the term “crapper” come from?
Back in the second half of the 19th century, Thomas Crapper&Co.s, Sanitary Specialties, was a leading plumbing supply company in London. He was considered “the Father of the Flush” after he invented the Valveless Water-Waste Preventer. By the early 1900s, the name “T. Crapper” could be seen on manhole covers, toilets, and urinals all over England. When World War I rolled around, the American soldiers, or doughboys, took the time to notice such things, especially when visiting public restrooms. So, when they returned home to America, one of the souvenirs they brought with them was a new word: the crapper.
In some plumbing circles, Mr. Crapper is still thought of so highly that the day of his death (January 17th, 1910) is celebrated as Thomas Crapper Day. In fact, if you’re ever in Martinsburg, West Virginia on January 17th be sure to stop by the V.E. Mauck Plumbing Supplies. They’ll be celebrating Thomas Crapper Day.
Why do the English call the bathroom the “Loo?”
Way back in merry ol’ England, when everyone used chamber pots, the Normans of France ruled the land and most everyone spoke French. If you spoke French, and were a courteous person, before you pitched the contents of your chamber pot out your bedroom window (day or night) you would yell, “Gardezl’eau!” In English that means “Watch out for the water!” Instead of pronouncing “l’eau” “low,” the chamber-pot-pitchers of England pronounced it “loo.” With the invention of toilets, the English dropped the habit of pitching piss out windows, but they didn’t drop the term “loo.” So, if you ever visit England, be thankful that their l’eau now stays in the loo.
More Latin in the loo:
Plumbum in Latin means lead. In Roman times, anyone who made things from lead was a “plumber.” Back then, “plumbers” not only made sewers and drains, but worked on roofs, gutters, and window frames. Also back then, the weight at the end of a string in a “plumb line” was made of lead. To this day, to get something straight and true is to “plumb it.”
But here’s the most important thing to remember about plumbum. The next time a plumber comes to your house and is taking a long time, don’t rush him. Remember, a plumber can never “get the lead out” of plumbing.