What is a toilet? This is a question that has plagued humanity since people needed a place to relieve themselves. For most people a toilet is a place to eliminate waste. To other people, a toilet is a place to get away from their family or to sit and think. Regardless of the reason that a person uses a toilet, these white porcelain bowls serve one primary purpose. They are needed to keep human waste material and diseases from overrunning society.

When was the toilet invented?

Toilets were not invented they evolved from man’s need to have a reasonable way to get rid of their waste. The modern toilets that are commonly found in most bathrooms today came into existence during the early 1800s. Since that time, cities all over the world added toilet fixtures to a home’s or buildings plumbing system. Keep in mind that people used outhouses, holes in the ground or the great outdoors to get rid of waste long before the fixed toilet came into existence.

Toilets are Important to People’s Health

It is a known fact that if a community has a poor sanitation system then the people will suffer from various diseases associated with that condition. When a city planners are creating or expanding a town the first thing they must figure out is how they are going to get rid of waste. If not, many inhabitants within that city are going to die.

In ancient crowded towns without adequate sanitation people died or became gravely ill due to diseases such as cholera, dysentery and/or diarrhea. These diseases usually spread rapidly within environments with poor sanitation.

Third world countries or isolated communities often experience these issues today due to the lack of good sanitation. Feces and urine create these problems when they contaminate a local water supply or when they are present outside in mass amounts on the ground.

The Different Styles of Toilets

There many different kinds of toilets. Some of them include:

*The dry toilet uses no or very little water for waste material. These toilets do not flush and they often use chemicals to degrade waste. A good example of this is the port-a-potty.

*Pit toilets are similar to outhouses.

*Vault toilets are similar to septic tanks. They are designed to store waste deep within the ground.

*Livestock toilets were designed for people to get rid of human waste by allowing animals to consume it. This type of best flushing toilet has gone out of favor but is still in use in some parts of the world.

*Flying toilets are probably one of the most interesting and puzzling toilets in all of human history. People actually eliminate their waste inside of a plastic shopping bag and then tie it up once it is full. Then they throw it as far as they can; hence the name the flying toilet.

These toilets were (and in some places still are) in use within various parts of Africa(facebook page). This type of waste removal system borders on the idiotic and insane. Thankfully, developed countries do not have to get rid of their waste in this manner.