Feb
15
2012
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How do you stop an outhouse (pit toilet) from smelling?

dunny-outhouseAn outhouse is a toilet that has been built outside the building it serves. An outhouse can be plumbed into the sewerage system, in which case it’s not much different from an indoor toilet. But in rural areas the outhouse may be more primitive—it may be a pit toilet (also known as a dunny or [more…]

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Feb
10
2012
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Why are there so many words for “toilet”?

dunniesThe numerous words for “toilet” arise because: There are various types of toilet, many of which have distinct names, Some people don’t like to allude to bodily functions by referring to a toilet by name, so many euphemisms have been devised, and The colloquial names for toilets are often regional, so different places use different [more…]

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Nov
04
2009
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Did Someone Named Crapper Really Invent the Toilet?

Crappers' Toilet Patent -- 1893 (PD)http://v3.espacenet.com/publicationDetails/originalDocument?CC=GB&NR=189311604A&KC=A&FT=D&date=18930715&DB=EPODOC&locale=en_EP Did Someone Named Crapper Really Invent the Toilet? You've heard the story…right?  An Englishman by the name of Thomas Crapper invented the toilet.  In so doing, he not only put the world on the path to modern sanitation, but he also generously contributed the word crap to the English language. True story? Only partly. [more…]

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Jul
22
2009
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How much does it cost to flush the toilet?

Toilet Monster (image by Katiya Rhode-Singh's  - CC-BY)The euphemism for going to the toilet used to be “spending a penny”. This probably referred to the price paid to visit a public toilet cubicle back then. But how much do we pay for the water that we flush down the loo? People pay different amounts for their water, but I’ve arbitrarily used the [more…]

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Jan
07
2009
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What’s the correct way to hang toilet paper?

Words of Wisdom (photo by Christina Snyder - CC-BY)There are two ways to hang toilet paper. You can place the tube so that the end of the paper comes over the top then hangs down away from the wall, or you can place it so that the end of the paper goes under the bottom then hangs against the wall. Described like that, [more…]

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