Since 1973, the plumbing and air conditioning experts at Climate Design have proudly served home and business owners across the Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough, Manatee, and Sarasota areas. Over the years, we’ve seen our share of mishaps and solved each one along the way—from toilets and sewer line to showers, sinks and more. Here are ten weird and crazy facts you probably never knew about plumbing.
1. Standardized Plumbing Is No New Thing
Plumbing is by no means a modern service. It can be traced back to around 3,000 B.C., when the Indus River Valley civilization employed earthen pipes to transport water and waste. Plumbing was used for comfort, from baths to brick-made toilets.
2. Mario and Luigi, the Most Famous Plumbers in the World
Although we think our expert plumbers at Climate Design are renowned, Mario and Luigi are in fact the world’s most famous plumbers. They have appeared in over 200 different games since 1985.
3. Voice Activated Flushing
In Japan, some urinals have voice activated flushing mechanisms that can respond to commands such as “fire.” There are even toilets with remote control seat heaters, air dryers and deodorizers.
4. $100,000 Toilet Paper Roll Research
Over $100,000 was spent conducting a study to determine which way most people prefer to place toilet paper on the roll—with the flap facing out front or behind. The findings? Three out of four people prefer the flap to face outwards.
5. Leaky Faucet Leads to No Good
If you have a leaky faucet in your home that drips twice or more each minute, you’ll waste over a gallon of water in just one week.
6. Albert Einstein’s Dream Job
After announcing that he would have been a plumber if he hadn’t been a physicist and had his life to live over, Albert Einstein was made an honorary member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union. Rock and roller Ozzy Osbourne was also once a plumber.
7. Three Years on the John
The average person spends about three years of his or her life sitting on the toilet. That’s plenty of time for some quality bathroom reading material.
8. Death by Toilet
King George II of Great Britain died on October 25, 1760, after falling off the toilet. He was pronounced dead from “overexertions on the privy.”
9. John Invented the John
In 1596, John Harrington invented the first flushing toilet, leading to the popular nickname for this home convenience — “the John.” Thomas Crapper later increased the popularity of the flushing toilet, hence another popular nickname — ”the crapper.”
10. Nixon’s Plumbers
During his presidency, Richard Nixon established a special investigations unit after sensitive military information was leaked during his first term in office. He called this covert group the White House Plumbers.
Call Climate Design for Plumbing Repair
The plumbing technicians at Climate Design have seen it all. No matter the size or scope of your dilemma, our experts are ready and committed to providing your home with quick, quality relief. Call us—any time, day or night—at (888) 572-7245 to schedule service, or visit us online to request a free estimate.