We know plumbing might not be the most exciting topic to most of you, but to us, we love it. For example, standardized plumbing is over 5,000 years old. It can be traced back to around 3,000 B.C. when civilizations in ancient Egypt used plumbing pipes dug into the earth to move water and waste. Archeologists have recovered a portion of a water plumbing system from the Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt. So without further adieu, here are some fun plumbing did you knows that will certainly make you more cool at your next party:
A faucet that leaks once every 30 seconds, or 120 times an hour will waste a gallon of water every week.
“The John” gets its name from John Harrington, the inventor of the flushing toilet.
“The Crapper” gets its name from Thomas Crapper who helped market the flushing toilet.
Ozzy Osborne was once a plumber.
So was Sir Michael Caine, also known as Alfred in the most recent Batman films.
Man hole covers are circular so that if for some reason they are turned on their side, they can’t fall through the hole.
Albert Einstein became an honorary member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union after he had stated that he would have become a plumber if he relived his life over again.
Some toilets in Japan have voice activating flushing mechanisms. Some will flush to commands such as “fire” and “all aboard”.
Our sewer systems are seriously full of drugs because 85% of all pharmaceuticals are undigested and excreted through urine. A recent study by the EPA has found fish containing trace amounts of estrogen, pain relievers, cholesterol-lowering drugs, blood thinners, antibiotics, caffeine and even anti-depressants.
The U.S. toilet is flushed more times during halftime of the super bowl than during any other time of the year.
The average person spends over three and a half years sitting on the toilet.
“Snap on cockhole cover” is an actual plumbing term. It’s a round plate used to cover unused faucet holes in your sink.
On average, more than 9,000 gallons of water are wasted while running the faucet waiting for hot water. That’s as much as 15% of your annual water heating costs wasted while you wait for the water to get warm. Instead, consider turning on the tub while you feel the cold water turn warm with your feet, then flip on the shower.
Q: What is the definition of disgusting? A: Seeing a plumber bite his nails.
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