Pipes, toilets, drainage and plumbing in general—no one wants to talk about them.
They are important, but they seem too complicated. And besides, it’s not as if you could use it as conversation topic at parties.
But you could. Plumbing is not as complicated or as serious as it appears to be.
In fact, it could be downright interesting and fun. You might not know this, but it is rich in history, too.
So, the next time you want to make small talks with an acquaintance or get the conversation going at parties, use these interesting and fun facts as your ammunition.
Fact #1 – The sewer system contains drugs—lot of it.
The sewer and its contents don’t lie. It is the ticket of chemists to the underworld and shows exactly how people live in cities, what they put in their bodies.
Since the body excretes 90% of pharmaceutical products through urination, studies show that the sewage is loaded with cholesterol-lowering drugs, antibiotics, anti-depressants, pain relievers, caffeine and the like.
Monitoring the sewage system can also reveal a lot about illegal drug use. Studies on the chemicals components of sewage in Adelaide, Australia for example, showed that the use of methamphetamine has doubled the past four years.
Fact #2 – Albert Einstein wanted to be a plumber.
He may or may not have meant this literally, but Albert Einstein, the famous German physicist, was quoted to have said:
“If I would be a young man again and had to decide how to make my living, I would not try to become a scientist or scholar or teacher. I would rather choose to be a plumber or a peddler in the hope to find that modest degree of independence still available under present circumstances.”
After saying this, Einstein was made an honorary member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union, AFL in Washington, DC. All the plumbers in Melbourne are proud to have such a prestigious personality in the industry!
Fact #3 – King George II may have died falling off the toilet.
It was said that Great Britain’s king, King George II, drank a cup of hot chocolate in October of 1760. He went to the comfort room after finishing his drink.
A few moments after going in, there was a crash inside. The king was fat, hard in hearing and blind in one eye so he may have lost his balance and fallen off the toilet. He was found dead and the reason declared was due to “over-exertions on the privy.”
Fact #4 – Urinals in Japan can understand verbal commands.
Not literally, of course. Rather, some of their urinals are voice-activated and responds to verbal commands for flushing among others. It “knows” as many as 30 different languages as well. Most of their toilets are elaborate, too, and has advanced features like toilet seat warming and anus-washing.
Fact #5 – The toilet has many unique names.
We know toilet as loo, privy, john, lavatory, comfort room, the “can” and other common, popular names for it. But do you know that the toilet has been called strange names throughout history, some even until today?
- “House of Office” was the common term used to call the toilet in 17th century England.
- Egyptians call it “House of Horror.”
- For some reason, the Israeli’s call the toilet the “House of Honor.”
- It’s sometimes called the “crapper” in the United States, probably after the person who developed modern-day toilets, John Crapper.
Fact #6—The world’s most famous plumber is a video game character.
Melbourne Plumbers may be one of the world’s best, but they would find it hard to top the popularity of these two: Mario and Luigi of Super Mario Bros.
These two characters created by Shigeru Miyamoto of Nintendo in 1985 have been in more than 200 games since it first hit the market.
Fact #7–People spend roughly three years of their lives sitting on the toilet.
On average, men spend around one hour and 45 minutes per week in the loo. Women stay there for approximately one hour and 25 minutes per week. Add it all up and the total time we spend in the toilet becomes pretty significant.
Fact #8—Do you place the flap of your bathroom tissue in front or behind?
This question has been asked many times. However, no one really knows about the habit of most people when it comes to toilet paper orientation. More than $100,000 have been spent on research to know answer. So, what is the answer? Out of four people, three place the flap in front—that’s 75% of people.
Fact #9—The toilet sings in the key of E flat
They say the universe hums and the sun produce an abundance of sound. But did you know that flush tanks and the way they work also produce a musical tone? It’s in E flat, the same key Mozart used for two of his slow G-minor symphonies.
We hope you learned something about toilets and plumbing from this article…and had a little fun at the same time.