Thomas Crapper Day is celebrated every year on January 27th. On this day, the famous English businessman and plumber died. Mistakenly, many tend to believe that it was he who invented the toilet. In fact, Crapper only improved the invention. All his projects were truly innovative, improved the quality of human life and greatly simplified daily chores.
Just a few thousand years ago, people did not know about the existence of toilet bowls. Their absence led to the development of a number of infections, which were mainly transmitted through water. According to scientists, the first sewers appeared in Mesopotamia. The ancient Romans began to create latrines, and the Greeks – chamber pots. The flushing mechanism was significantly different from that used now.
In the 19 century, it was decided to start developing a project for underground pipe networks for waste disposal. The new system was completed by the end of the century. The development was greatly facilitated by the ideas of Thomas Crapper. He proposed the idea of creating a flush toilet, which quickly gained universal recognition and began to be actively used.
- In Greece, there is a toilet bowl, which was created four thousand years ago. The most amazing fact is that it still works.
- Thomas Crapper, working on the next project, could not even imagine what impact it would have on the whole world. People use toilets every day. They don’t think about how far the invention will go before it ends up in their bathroom.
- The first visiting sanitary ware in the United States began to appear in the 1840s.
- According to statistics, at least once in a lifetime, one in two Americans let their phone down the toilet.
How to celebrate
Today is a great day to give Crapper his due. You can try to study as many facts from his biography as possible, get acquainted with other curious inventions and numerous ideas. There are many books that mention the name of Thomas and his significant contribution. It is terrible to imagine what a plight people would be in without him.
When is Thomas Crapper Day celebrated in 2023?
Thomas Crapper Day is observed on January 27 each year.