Brits can be a bit squeamish when having to announce we're going
to the toilet, so over the years we've come up with a number of
for going to the toilet
Spending a penny
Going for a Jimmy Riddle
Going to powder my nose
Wiping the dew off the lily
Going to launch a big ship
Going to drop some friends off at the pool
Pointing the Percy at the porcelain
Crapper, a British plumber, developed a type of flushing toilet
in 1872. He perfected the cistern - the tank that holds the water
for flushing and made flushing quieter. The American soldiers stationed
in England during World War I who returned to the US used his name
as a euphemism for the toilet.
actor Kenneth Willams had an obsession about toilets. He constantly
suffered from piles and would not use other peoples toilets. At
theatres he always insisted on his own personal toilet paper and
any visitors to his home had to use the toilet at Tottenham Court
Road tube station.
town centre urinals that rise up like the phoenix from the
Diva, Diana Ross, used to insist on having cellophane wrapped toilet
I used a portable toilet shaped like a box covered with red velvet
and trimmed in lace with a lid and carrying handles.
the Industrial Revolution, when so many lived in unsanitary living
conditions, people tossed waste out of their windows and shouted
the warning: "Gardez L'eau" (literally "watch out for the water").
This is the origin of our word 'Loo'.
Romans built latrines over running water to carry off wastes to
the Tiber River. They developed the art of plumbing and constructed
underground sewers made of lead, earthenware, or stone.
1981 NASA developed an advanced Waste Management System (WMS) for
use on the Space Shuttle Orbiter.
average toilet is flushed eight times a day.
invention of the flush toilet goes at least back to the time of
King Minos on the Island of Crete sometime around 1700 BC.