Waar daar ‘n nood is…

Howzit! Vandag is darem nie ‘n blou Maandag nie! Dankie tog! My week het rustig begin en ek hou styf duimvas dat dit so gaan bly…

Kyk, moenie my vra waar ek partykeer aan my vrae en gedagtes in my kop kom nie maar een van die vragies wat ek so by myself gevra het gister het my brein aan die dink gehad, en toe dag ek dat ek sal maar ‘n kans vat en dit gaan “google”. En wragtag…ek het my antwoord gekry! Gedink ek deel dit met julle.. A day without laughter is a day wasted…

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Modern toilet invented by watchmaker!

It is often incorrectly quoted that the toilet was invented by a Mr Thomas Crapper in the 18th century. Actually, simple toilets have been used since Babylonian times. In 1596, John Harrington invented an indoor water closet for Queen Elizabeth I. But Harrington then published a book with tasteless puns about his own invention. The toilet then dropped into obscurity for nearly 200 years. In 1775, London watchmaker Alexander Cummings patented the forerunner of today’s toilet.There was a Mr Crapper around at the time – he happened to be a successful plumber, appropriately.The British word for toilet, “loo”, derives from the French “garde a l’eau!” In medieval Europe people had little conception of hygene and threw the contents of their chamber pots out the window into the street below. In France the practice was preceded by “garde a l’eau!” (“watch out for the water!”). In England, this phrase was Anglicised, first to “gardy-loo!”, then just “loo”, and eventually came to mean the toilet/lavatory itself. The American word for toilet, “john”, is called after the John Harington mentioned above.In 1913, the Russian airline became the first to feature a toilet on board. The movie Psycho is said to be the first film to show a toilet being flushed. Toilet paper is thought to have been introduced in China at around 850, long before the advent of the toilet as we know it.

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