The History of the Flush Toilet

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The History of the Flush Toilet
When you think of major inventions before 1900 one of the last that will come to mind is the flush toilet. So yeah it doesn’t caring the same sense as an invention such as the airplane, stoplight or telephone but it has served its purpose just as much as the others. The flush toilet is one of few inventions that hasn’t went obsolete over time and still use in everyday life. Believe it or not there were people who didn’t have the benefit of this invention we take for granted.
The bathroom is a room that we have dedicated to use daily, from bathing to grooming. There was a point in history to where a bathroom wasn’t even in a blueprint of a house plan. Before mid-1800s people then didn’t have the luxury of a space to dispose of body waste sanitary. In Medieval times people used potties. Potties were kept in most homes. Streets had open drains – channels that ran down the streets – so it was easy to empty the pots. You just threw your waste out of the window. When people threw their potty waste out of the window, they would shout "Gardez l’eau" [gar-day low], which is French for "watch out for the water”. Rich people had little rooms extending out from the walls of their homes, there would be a plank of wood with a hole in it, to sit on. There was nothing underneath, so whatever you empty from your body would just drop to the ground for stories up. When taking care of our business in the bathroom the last thing we would associate it with is food but, in the 1700s, the most likely place for a potty would be in the dining room. They were kept inside furniture pieces. Most city people had a drain in their garden or under their house. They would empty the pot into the drain. Around that time there are lots of stories from that time about people dying in the 'night air'. This was really deadly poisonous gas that came off by the waste…...

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