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World Toilet Day

November 19, 2013
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Happy World Toilet Day! It’s one of the most ubiquitous objects in our daily lives, yet the toilet’s invaluable addition to basic sanitation rarely receives the attention it deserves. According to the World Toilet Organization (WTO), 2.5 billion people in the world do not have access to a private, clean toilet. World Toilet Day serves as a way to raise awareness about the lack of safe sanitation facilities and policies in areas like sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Tweet #wecantwait to get involved or visit www.worldtoiletday.org to learn more.

Other Interesting Info:

•      Some of the earliest toilets were primitive latrines designed by Roman engineers. These latrines emptied directly into a primitive sewer system that connected to the Tiber River.
•      Sir John Harington, an English courtier and author, invented the first flush lavatory in 1596. The idea was not widely adopted at the time.
•      The first patent for a flushing toilet was issued to Scottish watchmaker Alexander Cummings in 1775, but indoor plumbing did not become common in developed countries until the late 19th century. 
•      The White House has 35 bathrooms – and each one has its own toilet.
•      Other euphemisms for “toilet” include: loo, water closet, john and commode.  
•      Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (released in 1960) was the first Hollywood film to depict a flushing toilet. 
•      Some estimates say that a person spends a total of three years on the toilet during their lifetime.
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