Toilets are facts of life. While we may not spend much time thinking about them, we do spend a lot of time sitting on them. To help you celebrate this year's World Toilet Day, here’s a look at 15 toilet facts to ponder the next time you hear nature’s call:
- While it’s difficult to pinpoint the inventor of the modern toilet, Englishman Alexander Cumming secured the first patent for a flushing toilet in 1775.
- A toilet uses almost seven gallons of water each time it is flushed.
- In public restrooms, the first toilet cubicle is always the least used — which also means it is always the cleanest.
- Only 80% of people wash their hands after using the toilet, and only 30% of those who do wash choose to use soap.
- Only 5% of people wash their hands for the recommended minimum of 15 seconds.
- The average person spends a cumulative three years sitting on a toilet during his or her life.
- The average person uses a toilet about 2,500 times annually.
- England’s King George II died in 1760 after falling off his toilet.
- In 1890, the Scot Paper Company became the first manufacturer to use a roll for toilet paper.
- About 75% of Americans place toilet paper on holders so the flap rolls over the top rather than rolling around the back.
- Studies show the amount of time spent on a toilet is directly proportional to the number of features the toilet’s user has on his or her smartphone.
- More than 7 million Americans have confessed to dropping their phones in the toilet.
- An estimated 2.6 billion people around the world lack access to a modern toilet.
- NASA invested more than $20 million in a suction-style toilet for the International Space Station.
- A toilet or bathroom around the world goes by different names, including potty, privy, water closet, latrine, dunny, john, can, facility, restroom, washroom, powder room, lavatory, outhouse, convenience, bog, khazi, garderobe, cloakroom, throne room and many more.
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