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HISTORY AND SOCIETY << BIG MONEY << MOST COSTLY WASHROOM
Most Expensive Washroom
For a few fortunate bathroom goers, jeweler Lam Sai-wing has made taking a tinkle a tad more exciting by building a golden washroom costing HK$27 million (£2.4 million, US$3.5 million) – the most expensive in the world. Inspired by the words of Lenin, who in 1921 said toilets of gold should be built to remind people of the waste of capital warfare, Lam Sai-wing took it upon himself to construct the toilet out of 24-carat gold, and decorate the ceiling with ruby, sapphire, emerald and amber.
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Thomas Crapper may have contributed greatly to the invention of the modern day toilet in the late 1800s, but the origins of the W.C. date back to 1596 in England when Queen Elizabeth I's godson came up with a device to help with the Queen's royal waste. On American soil, between 1900 and 1932, washroom design was big business and the US Patent Office received 350 applications for new designs. However, you ain't seen nothin' yet- the way of the bathroom future is special "jet flush" toilets!
FIVE WONDERFUL WASHROOM FACTS!
1. Only 30% of the world uses toilet paper. Alternatives include hands, water, sand, small rocks, mud, leaves, and rope!
2. In the old days, instead of toilet paper, the Japanese used seaweed…
3. …while Americans used cornhusks!
4. The Chairman of the Japanese Toilet Association, Hideo Nishioka, has a toilet paper collection featuring 400 samples from over 50 nations. His favorite depicts Botticelli's famous painting, The Birth Of Venus.
5. Japanese washroom manufacturers are developing a toilet that doubles up as a doctor's surgery by analyzing your urine and taking your blood pressure, then transmitting these statistics to a doctor via a built-in modem.