Yesterday, September 28, was the anniversary of the day that Thomas Crapper was baptized in Waterside, Yorkshire in 1836. Perhaps all the water being poured over him from great heights gave baby Thomas the idea that was to revolutionize the lavatory industry and profoundly affect the lives of so many.
Flushed with the importance of that event I thought I’d see what was on YouTube about this plumber of some note and notoriety. I came across this little piece of typical BBC lunacy and thought I’d let Stephen Fry and the panel on QI (Quite Interesting) clear up a little misconception that has been going the rounds for years.
And for those of you who are of puerile mind here is Mr Crapper’s ballcock:
While doing my little research project I was astounded by the number of videos out there devoted to potty training! I can’t honestly recall how my parents managed it other than the embarrassing story my mother told at gatherings about how accomplished I was at two. Amongst the video I found this little Japanese gem – I could only imagine the outrage if this were ever shown on North American TV. A word of warning to my more sensitive readers that this would be considered NSFW so you might not want to click on it.
Okay everyone: LET’S GO FOR IT TOGETHER!