10 Weirdest Facts About Different Toilets Around The World

By Antonia Čirjak on February 17 2020 in Society

Museum of the history of the toilet.
Museum of the history of the toilet.
  • Most Irish people do not like using public bathrooms, that is why you will probably find them clean as a bell.
  • New Delhi, India offers a Sulabh International Museum Of Toilets where people can learn about the history and evolution of toilets.
  • Sweden has zero free public toilets, so make sure you never run out of change in this Nordic country.

In 1596, Sir John Harrington invented something that became a foundation for a toilet that we know and use today. Sir Harrington developed a flush toilet, but it was not until 1775 before this concept got patented. The person responsible for that was another English innovator Alexander Cumming. 

Space Toilets

Our urine is mostly water, so why waste it when you are in space, where we can not find any? NASA invested almost $20 million to have that kind of equipment on their space stations.

Sewer Drugs

All around the world, there have been reports of fairly high doses of different kinds of drugs and antibiotics found in the sewer systems of major cities. That is because a lot of the drugs we take exit our system through urine. 

Target Practice

If you find yourself in Iceland, try checking out the urinals in public toilets. In male bathrooms, these can serve as good target practice as they put faces of people, sometimes real, on the urinals.

Cannot Flush

For various reasons, the plumbing capabilities across Mexico are fairly low. The pressure of the water can be so weak it can not pull down the paper you use. Instead, you throw the paper in a trash can near the toilet seat. Do not miss the bucket! 

Fear Of The Toilet

Unlike Sweden, you will hardly find any public toilets in Poland. A bit more north, in Ireland, there are some public bathrooms you can find, and it is most likely they will be clean as a whistle. The people of Ireland are quite scared of using public bathrooms, and they like to keep those activities at home.

Sweden’s Law

To pay for using the toilet service in public spaces is not so uncommon. Sweden, however, has taken it a step further, and there are no toilets in that country that you can use for free. So, when in Sweden, better have some change in your pocket at all times! 

The Toilet Museum

Although more than half of the population does not own a toilet, there is one interesting museum in New Delhi. In the Sulabh International Museum Of Toilets, you can see all about the long evolution of toilets. 

Meanwhile, In India…

While they can participate in creating compost in Paris, around half of the population in India does not own a toilet in their home. This is a modern-day problem for the people living there, as a lot of the population is forced to urinate and defecate out in public.

Pee Free In France

If you do not mind doing it in public, you can find open-air urinals in Paris. The red boxes were put up in 2018, as a reaction to people urinating around the Seine River. They say they are eco-friendly, so pee away!

No Smell

One of the most essential components of the toilet is attributed to Alexander Cumming, and that is the S-shaped valve. This is a crucial design of a toilet, as this concept can keep the water in the bowl, and keep the bad smell away at the same time. 

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