Friday, September 28, 2007

This day in history, September 28

On September 28, 1836, British inventor Thomas Crapper was born/baptized. Thomas Crapper did not invent the flush toilet — credit for that is usually given to Sir John Harington in 1596, with Alexander Cummings' 1775 toilet regarded as the first of the modern line and George Jennings installing the first public toilets at The Great Exhibition in 1851 — but he did help increase its popularity. So, when you say "crapper" to someone, you got some historical precedent with that shit.