Plumbing Trivia

  • One drip per second from a leaky faucet can waste over 8 gallons of water a day. That adds up to 3,000 gallons per year.
  • Toilets use from 25% to 40% of the homes water consumption.
  • The word “plumber” comes from the Latin word for lead - plumbum
  • Mario, of the Mario Brothers video game, is the most famous and recognizable plumber in the world.
  • The toilet is often called “the john” after Sir John Herrington who invented the first flushable toilet in 1596.
  • In 1880, Thomas Crapper improved the design of toilets with a syphon system.
  • It is thought the first showers were used by Greek athletes with piped water in the stadium around 300 B.C.
  • 3 out or 4 people prefer their toilet tissue to un-roll from the top as opposed to under.
  • In 1883 a patent was granted for perforated toilet tissue rolled on cardboard tubes.
  • A toilet plunger has a narrow bottom to fit the toilet bowl drain; a sink or shower plunger has a flat bottom.
  • Did you know that President Clinton passed toilet paper tax in 1996?
  • During the Desert Storm War, the military used toilet paper to help camouflage their tanks in Saudi Arabia.
  • A standard sheet of toilet tissues measures 4.5 inches by 4.5 inches.
  • The folks at Charmin, a popular brand of toilet tissue, estimate that the average consumer uses 57 sheets of TP per day!
  • A pumice bar can remove mineral build-up on toilets and porcelain steel sinks or tubs.
  • Tomato seeds can go through the human digestive system, sewer system, waste-water treatment plant and still germinate!
  • The least used and therefore cleanest toilet in a public restroom is the first stall.
  • The toilet seat has fewer germs than the bathroom floor.
  • A gallon of water weighs 8.33 pounds.
  • A dairy cow drinks 4 gallons of water to produce 1 gallon of milk.
  • The toilet is often called “the john” after Sir John Herrington who invented the first flushable toilet in 1596.
  • Sir Thomas Crapper patented several toilet design improvements in the 1880s.
  • The average roll of toilet paper weighs just over half a pound.
  • 80% of the Earth’s surface is covered with water but only 1% is drinkable.
  • 97% of the Earth’s water is found in oceans and seas.
  • The human body is 66% water

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