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Submitted by FlyerInHi on October 16, 2017 - 4:59pm

We should feel so lucky to have modem comfortable homes.
It was that long ago that people didn't have plumbing.

How that P trap saved the world.

Submitted by svelte on October 17, 2017 - 6:49pm.

Great article, thanks for sharing.

I've often thought about the little p-trap and what a simple marvel it is, but never took the time to look up how it came about.

The part about the House of Parliament makes so much sense. I'm not sure I could go back and live hundreds of years ago - the smells would be too much to bear.

I know people still living who did not have an indoor toilet until the late 1940s!

Another time I've thought about sewage is when walking the streets of ancient Herculaneum and Pompeii. Yes they had rudimentary sewers, but the smells still must have been atrocious.

So many simple things we take for granted now have had profound impacts on our life. When is the last time you've heard someone give appreciation to electricity?

Submitted by CA renter on October 21, 2017 - 1:56am.

Very cool story. Thanks for sharing, Brian.

It's true that we take so many "luxuries" for granted these days. It wasn't that long ago that many people still had outhouses and horse-drawn wagons -- my own father lived like this in his youth, and one of his brothers didn't have an indoor bathroom until the 1950s/1960s, and that was on septic (still is, AFAIK).

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