Unusual holidays, or What do we know about the Day of the toilets?

The problem of the availability of accessible toilets is a big problem, although for a long time it was not customary to speak out loud - as well as about sex. However, we all know the inconvenience (and this is put it mildly) that arises when it is necessary - but not. In the end, we spend at least three years living in this, this unromantic, but necessary, place.

For the first time, Jack Sim, who founded the World Organization of Toilets (WTO) in 2001, spoke about the presence and absence of toilets. One of the first promotions of the organization was the announcement of November 19 as World Toilet Day. On this day, it is customary to make actions designed to draw attention to the toilets, as well as to their absence. For his work to attract public attention to the problem of "relief" of the body, Jack was named the "Hero of Environmental Protection" in 2008.

Did you know that 40% of the world's population (2.6 billion) do without a toilet at all? Basically, this population lives in Asia, Africa and South America, where stool contaminates drinking water, causing illness and death. 80% of diseases are caused by feces: one gram of excrement can contain 10 million viruses, 1 million bacteria, 1,000 parasitic cysts and 100 worms eggs.

How many of us know where the waste of our life activity goes after the toilet is flushed? In London, this waste follows a 60 thousand km long collector network, which ends at a sewage treatment plant. In New York, the system of collectors is 9 thousand km, and in Paris - 2.5 thousand. Purified wastewater is used, in particular, for fertilizer and irrigation. But similar cleaning systems do not exist everywhere. For example, they are not in Vancouver, and in Brussels such a system was created only in 2003.

Since 2001, every year the WTO holds an international symposium on toilet hygiene. In 2006, this symposium was held in Moscow. Symposiums discuss problems related to toilets and suggest new designs: for example, a compost toilet and an anhydrous toilet.

However, when did the first flush toilet appear? A description of this design is first found in the work of Sir John Harrington, published in 1596. Queen Elizabeth, the godmother of Sir John, who had a sensitive nose, ordered to build a toilet in her palace, which was done with full success.

The first patents for flush toilets were obtained in 1775 and 1778, and at the beginning of the 19th century, Thomas Krapper was closely involved in the promotion of flush toilets and was very successful. Thomas improved the tank system, obtained 9 patents and installed a sewage system in the royal palace. The theory that the word "crap" (shit) comes from the name "Krapper" (Crapper) is unfair. The word "crap" is most likely derived from the Dutch krappe, and the fact that Thomas wore the name Krapper is simply a coincidence.

But back to modern life and the current situation. Jack Sim, the permanent fighter for the toilet case, calls the world community, that is, you and me, to improve the situation with the Latrins. For example, the creation of specially designed women's toilets, taking into account the characteristics of the female body - after all, everyone knows that the queues in women's toilets are always three times longer than in men's. Jack thinks this is wrong.

And finally, useful information for those who use public toilets - that is, for all of us. On www.sitandsquat.com, you can find public toilets in advance in places you’re going to visit. In addition, on this site you can also add toilets that are known only to you, for the convenience of people who have yet to visit the places you have already visited - including public use.

Watch the video: Toilet & Elevator Tour: Hyatt Regency Dallas (September 2019).

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