The toilet, also known as “the throne,” “the porcelain goddess” or simply the “loo,” is a beloved household fixture that has stood the test of time. While it may seem like a mundane necessity, the toilet has a rich history that dates back to ancient civilizations.
It is believed that the first toilet was invented in ancient Egypt, around 2,500 BC. However, it was not until the Roman Empire that toilets became a common feature in public baths and homes. The Romans even had a goddess of the toilet, named Cloacina. They sure knew how to pay homage to their most important invention!
In the middle ages, toilets were often communal and consisted of a simple hole in the ground. It was not until the 16th century that Sir John Harington invented the first flushing toilet, which he called the “Ajax.” Unfortunately, his invention did not catch on until much later, as people were more interested in talking about the latest sword fight or joust than discussing their bowel movements.
The toilet has since evolved into a luxury item, with heated seats, bidets, and even built-in music players. Modern toilets also come equipped with advanced sensors that can detect when a person leaves the room and automatically flush the waste away. Talk about magical!
Although the toilet is one of the most important inventions in history, it is also the source of much hilarity (and embarrassment). Who hasn’t accidentally let out a loud noise or dropped their phone in the toilet? Even famous people have had their toilet mishaps. Did you know that Elvis Presley’s favorite toilet was an imported gold-plated one with a velvet seat? I guess that’s one way to feel like a king!
So the next time you sit down on your royal throne, take a moment to appreciate the rich history and humor that comes with it. Remember, no matter who you are, we all have to answer nature’s call in the end.