10 Fun & Interesting Facts About Plumbing
Fact #1 – Do you have a leaky tap in your kitchen or bathroom? If the leak drips twice each minute, you’re wasting a gallon of water each week. This adds up over time, so definitely consider scheduling a repair with a plumber.
Fact #2 – Albert Einstein was made an honorary member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union after announcing that he would be a plumber if he had to live his life all over again.
Fact #3 – The average person spends three whole years of their life sitting on the toilet! That’s 1,095 days or 26,280 hours!
Fact #4 – King George II of Great Britain died in 1760 by falling off a toilet.
Fact #5 – The word ‘Plumber’ comes from the Latin word ‘plumbum’ which means ‘lead’. This is why it is abbreviated to ‘Pb’ on the periodic table.
Fact #6 – Mario and Luigi (of the video game Super Mario Brothers) are plumbers.
Fact #7 – If you were to install a slow flushing toilet you could save up to 18,000 gallons of water a year!
Fact #8 – Three out of four people put the toilet paper flap at the front (overhand) as opposed to in the back (underhand).
Fact #9 – The flushing toilet was invented by John Harrington in 1596, which is where we get the nickname “the John.” We also call the toilet “the crapper” because of Thomas Crapper, who widely increased the popularity of it.
Fact #10 – The first fire sprinkler system was invented by a British man named Sir William Congreve. He perforated pipes along the ceiling and installed a valve outside the building that could be opened to send water through them.