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World Toilet Day - 19th November
What is so special about toilets? Why have a special day for them?
Well, EVERYONE should use one. They have existed since at least 2500 BCE, where individuals in Harappa in India had a type of toilet in their houses.
John Harrington, in 1596, created the first toilet using water for his godmother, Elizabeth I of England and installed it at Richmond Palace, London. The Edinburgh-born London watchmaker, Alexander Cummings is credited with the first patented flushing toilet in 1775, complete with the now-familiar 's'-bend; to reduce nasty smells!
Modern toilets now boast either a 'S', 'U', 'J' or a 'P' bend!
'2.6 billion people (nearly half of the world's population) don't have access to toilets and proper sanitation.' source: www.worldtoilet.org
'An average person will visit the toilet 2500 times per year. That’s 6-8 times a day and totals to 3 years of your life.' source: www.2020site.org
Which toilet would you choose?
A stringy bark 'dunny' toilet in A 'sansinette' toilet in Paris,
Walcha, NSW, Australia France
For a lesson plan about World Toilet Day here's one from Sean Banville.
More information? Here are some further weblinks...
World Toilet Day - from the World Toilet Organisation - who else?
WaterAid - the need for hygiene and sanitation
Waste Disposal - a new twist to knowing where it all goes!
Public Toilets - how to survive and protect yourself!
Future toilets - back(side) to the future.
Worldwide Toilets - all shapes & sizes
Signs on the doors - how we know where to go!
Toilets - game activities - for learners of English
The small room - beautiful views around the world while remaining seated
Top ten famous toilets - a surprising list. Do you agree?
Toilet science? - European-style or squat-style? Not for the squeamish!
Toilets from around the world! - 'My Toilet' is an exhibition of photographs organised by Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor. Which one is most like yours?
A conversation starter? This wordle below may generate some interest. After all, we all need the loo!
And finally... a serious word from Mahatma Ghandi - 'father of modern India'
'The cause of our many diseases is the condition of our lavatories and our bad habit of disposing excreta everywhere and anywhere.'
Page Last Updated - 22/10/2016