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04-14-2003, 11:20 AM
When was the first toilet invented, the one you actually sit on.

Sorry about stupid question, but Im interested!

04-14-2003, 11:25 AM
Egypt. 2100 BC.


I can't believe I had nothing better to do than search the internet for this. If someone shoots me, I'd be much obliged...:mad:

04-14-2003, 11:50 AM
It's good to know who invent what, espeacially those things that you are using and those that has an effect you your life.

04-14-2003, 12:31 PM
I guess most people doesn't know how fortunate they are having a toilet. In our summer house, there is no toilet. Only a dry lavatory. I really hate that... It smells... :(

04-14-2003, 01:56 PM
I guess most people don't know how fortunate they are to have a summer house.


04-14-2003, 03:55 PM
Heh heh - touche'.

Ethic - while I'm busy loading, could you find out about the first FLUSHING toilet?

04-14-2003, 04:03 PM
I can't believe I had nothing better to do than search the internet for this. If someone shoots me, I'd be much obliged...

give me a Jackson and an address.

04-14-2003, 04:57 PM
For some reason, I think Thomas Crapper comes in here somewhere. I remember reading about how he created a toilet for some king.

04-14-2003, 11:46 PM
Haha, Thomas Crapper... I hope that name isn't real. Crapper, lol.

edit: Oh, BTW ethic, someone on eBay was selling Ass Kickings earlier, you should check it out :)

04-15-2003, 12:59 AM
You can read a little about Crapper here. (http://www.theplumber.com/crapper.html)

The slang term came from his name, not the other way around.

The "flushing" toilet has been around a lot longer though. I well remember a toilet building in the Minoan palace Knossos on the Greek island Crete has a working "flushing" toilet, the palace is 3,500 years old. The toilet is a small room with a stone seat with a hole in it, the "waste products" fall through a larger hole in the stone floor into a trough where a continuous stream of water is running to carry the unwanted material out of the palace and into a large septic tank from which agricultural fertilizer was made.

04-16-2003, 07:40 AM
Thats why i hate school camps, had to dig freaking toilets ourselves back then ...:( and close it up afterwards ..:eek:

04-16-2003, 03:09 PM
from snopes:
Claim: _ The flush toilet was invented by Thomas Crapper
Status: _ False.
Origins: _ Thomas Crapper is an elusive figure: Most people familiar with his name know him as a celebrated figure in Victorian England, an ingenious plumber who invented the modern flush toilet; others believe him to be nothing more than a hoax, the whimsical creation of a satirical writer. The truth lies somewhere inbetween.

Much of the confusion stems from a 1969 book by Wallace Reyburn, Flushed with Pride: The Story of Thomas Crapper. Reyburn's "biography" of Crapper has often been dismissed
as a complete fabrication, as some of his other works -- most notably Bust-Up: The Uplifting Tale of Otto Titzling and the Development of the Bra -- are obvious satirical fiction. Although Flushed with Pride is, like Bust-Up, a tongue-in-cheek work full of puns, jokes, and exaggerations, Reyburn did not invent the person of Thomas Crapper as he did Otto Titzling. In Flushed with Pride, Reyburn's satire rests on the framework of a real man's life. Thomas Crapper was not, as Reyburn wrote, the inventor of the flush toilet, a master plumber by appointment to the royals who was knighted by Queen Victoria, or an important figure whose achievements were written up in the Encyclopedia Britannica, and one searches in vain for evidence that contemporary authorities took any notice of Thomas Crapper, for mention of him in biographical dictionaries, or for his obituary notice in the London Times. But although Thomas Crapper may not have been a man of importance to his contemporaries, he was indeed a real person, a sanitary engineer in 19th century London who ran his own plumbing concern, who took out several patents on plumbing-related devices, and whose name can still be spotted on manhole covers around London.

Although Thomas Crapper took out nine plumbing patents between 1881 and 1896, none of these patents was for the "valveless water-waste preventer" he is often credited with having invented. The first patent for a siphonic flush was taken out by Joseph Adamson in 1853, eight years before Crapper started his plumbing business. Many types of siphonic systems were patented in the 1880s, but none by a Crapper until George Crapper, Thomas' nephew, was awarded an 1897 patent for "improvements in or relating to automatic syphon flushing tanks." Crapper may have sold or installed water closets, but he didn't have much to do with their development. Alexander Cummings is generally credited with inventing the first flush mechanism in 1775 (more than 50 years before Crapper was born), and plumbers Joseph Bramah and Thomas Twyford further developed the technology with improvements such as the float-and-valve system. Thomas Crapper, said an article in Plumbing and Mechanical Magazine, "should best be remembered as a merchant of plumbing products, a terrific salesman and advertising genius."
A related legend has it that U.S. soldiers stationed in England during World War I (some of whom had little or no experience with indoor plumbing) saw toilets marked with the name 'CRAPPER' and brought the word home as a synonym for 'toilet' or 'bathroom.' Although the word 'crap' (used in a scatalogical sense) antedates Thomas Crapper and is therefore not derived from his name, the origins of 'crapper' as a synonym for 'toilet' are unknown, other than that it is a particularly American term whose earliest print citings come from the 1930s.

04-16-2003, 09:47 PM
Goshdarnit, everytime someone breaks out a snopes article in a message board it just totally kills the fun. F*** truth. I had more fun thinking Crapper invented the toilet.

04-17-2003, 08:51 PM
so who invented toilet paper and that thing that flushes your crack?

05-13-2003, 04:52 AM
Well i know that the Romans (could have been greeks...) used a sponge, which they recycled....

As for toilet paper: (from engineergirl.com (google hit))

What an interesting question! Rolls of toilet paper, like the kind you have in your bathroom now, have been in use for just over 100 years, but there is no one person who is credited with its invention. England was the first place where paper was manufactured just for use in the toilet (or "loo" as it's called in that country). Toilet paper rolls first appeared in the United States the late 1800's. Toilet paper didn't become common until later (like the 1920's) because people could "recycle" old catalogs.

The Bidet was invented in France.