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97% of Portugal’s territory is water.

Charlie Chaplin once entered a Charlie Chaplin Lookalike Contest and failed to make the finals, let alone win.

The British word for the toilet, loo, derives from the French guardez l’eau, meaning ‘watch out for the water’. This comes from the fact that, in medieval Europe, people simply threw the contents of their chamber pots out the window onto the streets. Before throwing the waste out the window, they would yell Guardez l’eau!  The term guardez l’eau first came to English as gardy-loo and then shortened to loo, which eventually came to mean the lavatory itself.

The United States has paved enough roads to circle the Earth over 150 times.

Venezuelans spend a fifth of their income on personal grooming and beauty products. Over the past 24 years, the country has produced four Miss Universes, five Miss Worlds, and three Miss Internationals.

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2 thoughts on “7/v mmxiv

  1. Speaking of British toilets, and we were, Thomas Crapper (baptised 28 September 1836; died 27 January 1910) was a plumber who founded Thomas Crapper & Co in London, and is, in fact, credited with increasing the popularity and improving the functionality (he developed the ballcock – the floating device in back, that regulates water flow) of the early flush toilet (or “water closet,” as it was then called), but he did not, contrary to popular belief, invent the pseudo-eponymous bathroom appliance from scratch.

    Credit for that goes to 16th-century author Sir John Harington, who not only came up with the idea, but installed an early working prototype in the palace of Queen Elizabeth I, his godmother. The first patent for a flushing water closet was issued to Alexander Cummings in 1775, sixty years before Thomas Crapper was born, but rightly or wrongly, to Thomas J and his descendants, will, for at least the foreseeable future, go the dubious honor of having their family name inextricably linked with toilet activity. What price fame?

    Manhole covers with Crapper’s company’s name on them in Westminster Abbey are now one of London’s minor tourist attractions. Thomas Crapper & Co owned the world’s first bath, toilet and sink showroom, in King’s Road until 1966.

  2. “Credit for that goes to 16th-century author Sir John Harington, who not only came up with the idea, but installed an early working prototype in the palace of Queen Elizabeth I, his godmother.”

    One can only assume that Sir John was simultaneously responsible for the coining of the card game term, “royal flush.”

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