The flushing toilet was invented in 1596 (by a man named Sir John Harrington) for Queen Elizabeth I. This British nobleman was originally barred for spreading smutty stories but then he was released after his invention.

While he didnt invent the toilet, Thomas Crapper (an English plumber) perfected the siphon flush system that all of you use today.

The average person spends about three years of her/his life on the toilet.

The average life expectancy of a toilet is 50 years.

A clove-studded pomegranate was used as the first attempt at making toilet air-freshner.

There are more than 2.6 billion people on this earth do not have access to proper toilet facilities, especially in rural areas of India and China.

Lack of suitable toilets and sanitation killed more than 1.8 million people a year – and many of them are children.

The toilet handle in many public restroom can have up to 45,000 germs per square inch.

Dentists have recommended that our toothbrushes should be kept away at least 6 feet from the toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.

According to one book, "fecal matter" can fly 20 feet into the air when the toilet is flushed, this is why you should exit a public restroom stall immediately after flushing.

We use an average of 56 sheets of toilet paper a day.

British public toilets are typically ranked the worst (according to survey in 1992) in the world, ahead of Thailand, France, and Greece.

A rat can survive after it is being flushed down in a toilet. This animal can return through the same route.

The first toilet cubicle in a row is often the least used (and consequently cleanest).

Great Britain’s King George II died falling off a toilet on the 25th of October 1760.

40,000 Americans are injured by toilets each year.

The first time there were separate female and male toilets were at a posh party in Paris in 1739.

According to researchers, girls take longer to spend a penny than boys.

The average person visits about 6 - 8 times a day (2,500 times a year).

The first toilet paper was developed in 1880 in England and sold as individual sheets in a box (not on a roll).

The average toilet is flushed 8 times a day.

The first movie showing a toilet flushing was the “Psycho” – the scene caused an inpouring of complaints about indecency.

Here are some words used for the loo: lavatory, powder room, ladies, outhouse, convenience, bathroom, men’s room, washroom, gents, khazi, bog, dunny, necessary, garderobe, women’s room, restroom, privy, potty, the smallest room, latrine, cloakroom, water closet (WC), place of easement, latrine, little boy’s room, little girl’s room, can, john, facilities, throne room, House of the Morning (by the ancient Egyptians) and House of Honor (by the ancient Israelites).

Only 17% of Afghanistan homes have flush toilets.

The most expensive toilet is found in space. Each of this toilet costs about 19 million dollars.

The world's most luxurious toilet was made of pure gold. It was owned by the Hang Fung jewelers from Hong Kong. This 24 carat gold toilet was built as a marketing strategy to attract all tourists from around the world.

According to the basic principles of feng shui bathroom, toilets or bathroom should not be placed in the Northwest side of our home or directly above the kitchen.

World Toilet Day takes place on 19 November each year.