Ever wonder about the origins of certain things, or where the term “when pigs fly” came from? If you love trivia as much as we do, then keep reading. Because there’s no greater satisfaction than wowing your friends and family with useless knowledge, especially the plumbing variety – something we all use and depend on, every single day.
- The word “plumbing” comes from the Latin word “plumbum”, which means lead (the metal).
- Since 1963, more than 28 billion feet of copper piping has been installed in buildings in the U.S. That’s enough to go around the earth 200 times.
- Contrary to popular belief, Sir Thomas Crapper did not invent the toilet. King Minos of Crete is reported to have had a flushing water closet about 2,800 years ago.
- It is believed that the nickname “the john” comes from Sir John Harrington, who built a flushing toilet for his godmother, Queen Elizabeth I, in 1596.
- The White House has 35 bathrooms.
- The U.S. spent over $100,000 on a study to find out whether people put their toilet paper roll on the holder with the flap in front or in back. The consensus? Three out of four prefer the flap facing front.
- Irish dancer Michael Flatley, also known as Lord of the Dance, worked as a plumber in Chicago before becoming famous for his fancy footwork.
- One in three Americans sings in the shower.
- World Plumbing Day is celebrated on March 11. It celebrates the crucial role that plumbing plays in the health and safety of modern society.
We could go on and on, but we won’t. After all, it’s time to get back to work to make sure families all over Jefferson County have all the comfort and convenience that top-notch plumbing can provide.