The invention that modernised the flushing toilets 150 years ago
It’s not something often discussed in open dialogue, but the average person will visit the loo 2,500 times in a lifetime, and between six and eight times a day.
Yesterday, 13 January, marked the 150 years of plumber Thomas Crapper’s invention, which would greatly enhance and modernise the toilets – he invented the one-piece pedestal for the flushing toilet, which revolutionised the way that they work.
Nowadays Mr Crapper might be best known for a certain four-lettered derivative of his surname, but he’s widely credited with having transformed the toilet into how we know it today.
He took out nine patents against inventions he’d made to improve bathroom facilities, and is even believed to have been the first to display toilets in a shop window on Marlborough Street, the existence of which is said to have made ladies of a particular sensitivity faint at the very sight.
Vulgar indeed, but thanks to Thomas Crapper and his inventions, toilets are not only vastly more pleasant, but they play an important role in ensuring that our homes and public places are far better sanitized, limiting the spread of diseases.
It might be hard to imagine living without a toilet, but the fact is that it’s still something billions of people have to live without. According to charity WaterAid, two fifths of the world’s population continues to live without access to an adequate toilet.
Chief Executive of WaterAid, Barbara Frost, said: “This is more than just an inconvenience for the 2.5 billion people affected; it exposes them to disease, lack of privacy, and indignity.
“Clean water and safe toilets are key to safer, healthier lives.”Tagged in: bathroom, loo, plumber, thomas crapper, toilets
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