Even though the idea for a “toilet” has been around since before the time of the Egyptian pharaohs, the first “flush” toilet is credited to Sir John Harington of England in the 1500s. The first patented toilet,including the “S” shaped pipe that helps trap gases, is credited to Alex Cumming, also of England, in 1775. However, when it comes to toilets, most people recognize the name Thomas Crapper. He was theinventor of the toilet fill valve and the first to have a very successfultoilet business in England. U.S. soldiers saw his name on practicallyevery toilet they saw in England, so going to the restroom became“using the crapper.” The rest is history... or down the drain.
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