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On 2011-10-21 14:10, Woland wrote:
Yes, Randi, you can see the remnants of a public Roman toilet in the excavated park at the Largo di Torre d'Argentina, near where Caesar was killed in the portico of Pompey's theatre. There is also a cat sanctuary there. At any rate, going to the toilet was apparently a more or less public, social event for the Romans, which the togat facilitated. According to our guide, sans paper, they shared a sponge on a stick dipped in vinegar'd water.

Yes, I know. I watch the History, discovery, and science channels religiously.

It's still a deal breaker.

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On 2011-10-21 14:28, stoneunhinged wrote:
I dunno. Some people like that sort of think. I bet ten bucks there is a website dedicated to it. But I ain't gonna Google "vinegared sponge stick sharing fetish" tonight. I'll wait for it on the Donahue show.

If you're talking about Phil, you've either 1) been away longer than you think 2) Get some awfully old re-runs there in the new country or 3) have also been boarding some old grizzled Japanese guy who thinks that WWll is still going on.

BTW I'd be curious as to what were some other prevalent toilet paper schemes through the ages.
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Corn Cobs were recycled to a bucket in the outhouse in Grampa's younger days. The Sear's Catalog was great before they slicked up the paper. And, of course, a left thumb and sand for the desert nations. Still popular, I hear. That's all I know (or want to know)about it.
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On 2011-10-21 12:30, critter wrote:
I used to have a Dick Tracy watch. They did make that ****ty Dick Tracy movie in the 90's, y'know.


I liked that movie. But I don't think we saw any flush toilets in it.
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Unless you count Madonna. Bazinga!
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Its only the 1% that have them.
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That was the case once, tommy, and you thereby provide another illustration of the fact that the grinding poverty of the past has largely disappeared from the Western industrial democracies. Which must be why the eco-enthusiasts and socialists want to tear it down . . . .
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Flush toilets were largely responsible for a number of cholera outbreaks in the 19th century. People didn't realize that backyard (and basement!) cesspools were a bad idea.

Go figure.

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John, that reminds me that the public offering of clean water and proper sewage systems is something that historically government projects. In a completely free market, those cesspools might have remained in some people's yards up until--well, today....
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80% of my neighborhood doesn't have flush toilets.


They're Amish.
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I grew up in a suburb of New York City where the water supply was from a privately owned utility. The sewers were owned by the county, I think.
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This is a sh**y thread.
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The Romans had in door plumbing
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And lead pipes, didn't they?
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That's why they call it plumbing . . .
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On 2011-10-23 23:33, acesover wrote:
This is a sh**y thread.


There's a worm for that.
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