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15 Fun Facts: Plumbing

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Our plumbing service experts have compiled some interesting tidbits of information about plumbing. Read on – you might learn something!

1. Contrary to popular belief, the water doesn’t spin the opposite way when you flush a toilet that’s south of the equator. The direction the water flows is based on which way the toilet’s pipes were built, so it can spin either way in any part of the world.

2. The Plumbers and Steamfitters Union made Albert Einstein an honorary member because Einstein said if he could live his life all over again, he’d be a plumber.

3. The toilet is flushed more times during the halftime of the Super Bowl than any other time of the year.

4. If your faucet leaks two drops every minute, fix it! If you don’t, you’ll waste over a gallon of water in one week.

5. The average person spends three years of his/her life sitting on the toilet.

6. The toilet goes by many other names – some common ones include:

  • The John
  • The Crapper
  • The Porcelain Throne
  • The Bowl
  • The Hopper
  • The Pot
  • The Can
  • The Loo
  • The Dunny

7. That funny-looking floating thing in your toilet’s water tank is called a ballcock. It controls your toilet’s water flow.

8. The first stall in a row of public toilets is the least used, and therefore – the cleanest.

9. The word “plumber” is derived from the Latin word “plumbum,” meaning “lead.”

10. Seventy-five percent of people prefer to use their toilet paper roll with the loose piece in the front instead of the back.

11. The earliest known toilet is two thousand years old and is located in China.

12. Military leader and Nazi Party member Hermann Goring refused to use regulation toilet paper. Instead, he used soft white handkerchiefs.

13. Low-flush toilets can save up to 18,000 gallons of water every year.

14. Nintendo’s famous video game brothers, Mario and Luigi, are both plumbers.

15. Around 2.6 billion people worldwide do not have access to proper plumbing facilities. Many of these people live in rural areas of China and India.