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Quiz: The History of the Modern Toilet
By: Staff
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About This Quiz

Take our quiz to find out how much you know about loos, johns, WCs and potties — and a certain country that's way ahead of the curve when it comes to toilet technology.

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Who is usually credited with being the inventor of the flushing toilet?

The Englishman Thomas Crapper did patent a toilet-flushing mechanism in 1891, and the name makes for a funny story, but he didn't invent the flushing toilet. In actuality, his countryman Joseph Adamson invented the siphon flush toilet in 1853, which was really the first modern toilet.

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In what decade did building codes in the United States start requiring indoor bathrooms for new residences?

Starting in the 1920s, all new single-family houses had to be constructed with indoor bathrooms.

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When was toilet paper first sold on a roll?

Before about 1890, toilet paper (or “curl paper”) was sold in flat packs. The Scott brothers changed all that.

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What company adopted a feminine logo and started touting the advantages of soft toilet paper in 1928?

In its pre-Mr. Whipple days, Charmin was the first toilet-paper manufacturer to market to women. It worked like gangbusters.

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In 1994, a U.S. federal law was passed that restricted toilets to how many gallons of water per flush?

The first low-flow toilets used 1.6 gallons per flush, but they didn’t work all that well. Modifications had to be made to toilet passageways to let the reduced flow move more easily.

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This country is home to many, many high-tech toilets.

The Japanese love fancy toilets. Toilets with heated seats and wall-mounted control panels are the norm in Japan.

It’s a combination toilet-bidet made by Japanese firm Toto.

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Patrons of public urinals in Japan can play “Toylet,” a game by this video-game manufacturer.

Sega tested the Toylet in a few Tokyo restrooms in 2011. Players can measure the strength of their urine stream and also play games by aiming their “hoses” in different directions.

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The Smart Toilet, manufactured by (surprise, surprise) Japanese firm Matsushita, can check your blood pressure, temperature and blood sugar.

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In 2011, Kohler introduced the “Numi,” a high-tech toilet with a built-in speaker system. How much does it cost?

The Numi also has a self-opening and closing lid, a self-cleaning bidet, a deodorizer and a touch panel remote. It sells for a cool $6,400.

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