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How The Toilet Changed History

If you've ever had to do without a toilet, whether long-term or temporarily, you can appreciate what a difference flush toilets make. Even outhouses are a big step up from what came before. The YouTube channel It's Okay To Be Smart leads us through the history of the toilet.

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Our poop customs go way back. I was surprised about ten years ago when I read the instructions for dealing with "that which comes from your body" in the Bible. After watching this video, you'll know more about the history of toilets than you ever thought you would. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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Having both Sir John Harington and a reference to Jon Snow from Game of Thrones is either a great nod or a missed opportunity. John Harington is actually an ancestor to Kit Harington who plays Jon Snow. Kit actually attributes this as to why toilets are called Johns.
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My son lives in Cheng Du, China. When my husband went to visit him he saw many instances of people - especially children - dropping their pants and pooping in the streets, in the potted plants and gardens around what you might call 'malls' and even in stores. My son saw a child drop it's pants and poop in the middle of an aisle and his parents didn't think it was a big deal. Recently there was a tragic report of a 3 yr old that went into a busy road to poop ad got run over. Maybe it's just 1st world issues but, IMO, WTF?
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