Plumbing: 12 crazy facts you didn’t know about plumbing
Plumbing: 12 insane facts you have never heard about plumbing
Plumbing is an essential job that needs done for any household or organisation. We all know a plumber, but there are some things we don’t know about plumbing. Here is our Top 12 facts that may blow your mind about the plumbing industry.
1. The word “plumber” originates from the Latin word “plumbum,” which translates to “lead.”
2. Toilets in the USA are flushed more often during the Super Bowl half-time than at any other time of the year.
3. Plumbing traces back over 5,000 years to around 3,000 B.C. when the Indus River Valley civilisation used earthen plumbing pipes to provide transportable water and drain wastes.
4. Albert Einstein was introduced as an honorary member of the ‘Plumbers and Steamfitters Union’ after he revealed that he would have worked as a plumber if he had to start his life again.
5. The most famous plumbers in the world are fictional characters: Mario and Luigi! Since their introduction in 1985, they have featured in over 200 games.
6. The ‘flushing’ part of the toilet was invented in 1596 by John Harrington, which is why some call the toilet by the nickname “the John”. Another nickname, “the crapper”, comes from Thomas Crapper who is a man who increased the toilet’s popularity.
7. The myth that toilet flushing flows in the opposite direction in the Southern Hemisphere is actually not true.
8. Pipe insulations can reduce the the amount of heat lost when water travels through pipes. This can help your house save money.
9. The floating ball in your toilet is called a ‘ballcock’. This little device keeps the flow of water under control.
10. The reason why manhole are circular is because when they turn sideways, they can’t drop into the hole.
11. In 1760, George II who was King of Great Britain and Ireland died after falling off a toilet.
13. The average person spends about three whole years of their life sitting on the toilet. We hope you brought a good book.