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10 Toilet Facts You Might Not Know

Looking for ways to impress your fellow potty talkers? Test drive these facts to really wow'em!

  1. Historically speaking: The oldest indoor flush toilet belonged to King Minos of Crete – who ruled from his porcelain throne more than 28 thousand years ago!

  2. Multi-taskers unite: The average person spends approximately three years of his or her life sitting on the toilet. No wonder the Bathroom Reader series is so popular!

  3. Potty Tricks: The toilet handle in a public bathroom can have up to 40 thousand germs per square inch. So go for the first stall in any public restroom. Studies have shown it's always the least used – and therefore the cleanest.

  4. The ultimate super bowl: There are more toilets flushed in the U.S. during the Super Bowl half-time show than any other half hour of the year.

  5. Best toilets on earth: The people have spoken, and the Britain's public toilets have been voted the worst in the world, but Greece, France and Thailand really gave them a run for their money.

  6. Politically speaking: The White House has 30 bathrooms; the Pentagon uses about 636 rolls of toilet paper per day.

  7. A potty by any other name: People around the world call the toilet lots of different names, including: loo, powder room, lavatory, outhouse, washroom, dunny, bog, khazi, garderobe, privy, cloakroom, latrine, water closet (W.C.), john and throne's room, to name a few.

  8. Give the ladies more room: Women spend 60 percent more time in the bathroom than men, and yet most public washrooms have the same number of stalls for both men and women (so that's why the men's room is always empty!).

  9. Waste not want not: Waste disposal technology on NASA space shuttles costs more than 23 million dollars.

  10. Entrepreneurial spirit: Ever heard of Thomas Crapper? It turns out he was not actually the person who invented the toilet. But he was the first one to market it to the masses!

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