Toilet Tales: The John Versus The Crapper

By | March 29, 2019

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The flushable toilet designed by John Harington. Source: (

When it comes to indoor plumbing, two names stand out—the John and the Crapper. Please understand that when we say this, we are not being crude or impolite by using these informal nicknames for the toilet. We are actually commemorating the contributions made by two pioneers in the early days of bathrooms, John Harington and Thomas Crapper.

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John Harington. Source: (

Who Was John Harington?

It seems rather fitting that the ‘throne’ was invented by royalty. John Harington, born in 1561, was the godson of Queen Elizabeth I. Harington, known for his sophomoric humor, enjoyed inappropriate jokes and crude pranks. He wasn’t above pranking the Queen herself. When he was a young man in his early 20s, the Queen finally had enough. She banished him to a tiny, boring village just north of Bath.