Did You Know? Fun Plumbing Facts for a Plumber…or Not

  • Albert Einstein was made an honorary member of the Plumber and Steamfitter Union after he had announced that he would be a plumber if he had to live his life all over again.  – Yep, we all know he was a pretty smart guy =)
  • In the technology capitol of the world, Japan, some urinals have voice activated flushing mechanisms.  The urinals respond to several commands, including “fire”. – Not sure what command “fire” would be used for, but nonetheless, it’s a pretty cool fact!
  • Over $100,000 were spent on a study to determine whether most people put their toilet paper on the holder with the flap in front or behind. The answer: three out of four people have the flap in the front. – This has been scientifically proven (ok, maybe not- but common sense tells me that the flap should be in the front!) I think any other plumber would agree =)
  • 90% of pharmaceuticals taken by people are excreted through urination. Therefore our sewer systems contain heavy dose of drugs.  A recent study by the EPA has found fish containing trace amounts of estrogen, cholesterol-lowering drugs, pain relievers, antibiotics, caffeine and even anti-depressants.  – Well that’s just disturbing!  Good thing a plumber does not eat fish =)
  • President Richard Nixon had set up a White House Special Investigations Unit to plug intelligence leaks in the governmental processes associated with the Vietnam War.  The members of this convert group were popularly called “plumbers.” – Fitting! A plumber definitely is an investigator! How else are they going to determine what is going on with those pipes?!
  • The toilet is flushed more times during the super bowl halftime than at any time during the year.  – Who decides to research things like the prime time of toilet usage?
  • Who is the most famous plumber team ever?  Mario and Luigi of course!  – Hero plumber spitting fire and riding on small dinosaurs (Yoshi) to save the princess! Classic game!
  • King George II of Great Britain died falling off a toilet on the 25th of October 1760. – Okay, so the falling off toilet wasn’t the actual “cause” of his death, he had arteriosclerosis which caused a ruptured blood vessel in his stomach…but that doesn’t sound as creative as ‘death by toilet’.
  • The “Bathroom” has been named many different things in many different places.  Here are a few: The Egyptians named it the House of Horror, the Romans named it the Necessarium for obvious reasons.  The Tudors who ruled England for a period of time called the bathroom the “privy” or “house of privacy”.  People of France call it “La Chambre Sent” meaning the smelly house, self-explanatory of course.  Israelis call the bathroom the house of honor, this one confuses us the most. – There are too many to list, but lavatory is the “politically correct” term used by professional plumber
  • The average person spends three whole years of their life sitting on the toilet.  – that’s 36 months or 1,095.75 days or 26,298 hours…you get the point- it’s a LOT of toilet time.  No wonder they call it the RESTroom…ha

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