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Flush These Fun Toilet Facts

Perhaps the most important but least-talked-about piece of furniture in your home is the humble toilet. We tend to take it for granted — unless it is unavailable when we need it.

Take a moment and consider these tantilizing toilet tidbits.

  1. The average person spends a lifetime total of three months sitting on the toilet.
  2. Computer keyboards can carry more than 200 times as many bacteria as a toilet seat.
  3. Mobile phones have 18 times more bacteria than toilet handles.
  4. The more features your phone has, the longer you spend in the toilet.
  5. The average office desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet.
  6. There’s a toilet-themed restaurant in Taiwan, where food is served on miniature toilets.
  7. More people have mobile phones than toilets.
  8. The inhabitants of ancient Rome had a sewer goddess, a toilet god, and a god of excrement.
  9. Many sources cite ancient Crete’s King Minos (18th century B.C.) as having the world’s first flush toilet. However, the people of Skara Brae, Britain’s oldest known Neolithic village, had their own primitive flush system some 1,200 years before Minos.
  10. The flush-and-fill mechanism used in virtually all modern toilets was created for a hand-washing device by the Arab (or Kurdish) inventor known as al-Jazari in 1206 A.D.
  11. The first toilet to be shown on television was on Leave it to Beaver on October 4, 1957, when the boys hid a baby alligator in the tank.
  12. Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) was the first Hollywood film to show a toilet flushing.
  13. The first toilet flush heard on television was on January 12, 1971, on All in the Family.

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