• Home
  • Fun Fact September 25, 2020.

Fun Fact September 25, 2020.

25 September 2020

Some flush facts today.  According to History dot com The first modern flushable toilet was described by Sir John Harington in 1596.  He was an English courtier and the godson of Queen Elizabeth I. Harington’s device called for a 2-foot-deep oval bowl waterproofed with pitch, resin and wax and fed by water from an upstairs cistern. Flushing Harington’s pot required 7 and a half gallons of water. Harington noted that when water was scarce, up to 20 people could use his commode between flushes. Ewe! English inventor Alexander Cumming was granted the first patent for a flush toilet in 1775. English businessman and plumber, Sir Thomas Crapper, is credited with many improvements to the modern flush toilet that are still in use today, including the “U” trap and ballcock filling system.  Contrary to popular belief the term “crap” did not originate from Thomas Crapper and his association with lavatories.  The term is actually Middle English with origins from words in Dutch and French.

Fun Fact September 25, 2020.