The word “plumbing” comes from the word plumbum, which is Latin for lead. This is also why lead is abbreviated as Pb on the periodic table.
The first patent for a flushing toilet was issued in 1775 to a man named Alexander Cummings. However, he was not the first man to invent the flushing a toilet. A man named John Harrington did this in 1596, which is why we sometimes refer to the bathroom as “the John”.
Think a leaky faucet is no big deal? Think again. A faucet that drips just once per second can waste more than 11 000 litres of water per year.
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.
Albert Einstein said if he could do it all again, he would be a plumber.