If you’re not a plumber, you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the complexities, or simplicities of toilets. Most of us use this ever important part of our daily lives almost as an afterthought. Yet, it’s almost unconscionable to think of our lives without it. Considering the truly unpleasant way in which the human body expels waste, it is no wonder that, over time, we have come up with this highly functional and unobtrusive way to discretely relieve ourselves.

In fact, the functionality of the common toilet has become so standardized that, now, inventors are really shaking things up with toilets that do much more than a simple flush down the drain. Today’s finest toilets have self cleaning bidets, heated seats, floor heaters and even mp3 players and radio stations. It seems as though inventors are aiming toward getting us to spend our lives on the throne.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for fun, you may want to look into the motorcycle that runs on bio-waste. It’s got a non-functional toilet installed for a comfortable throne while riding. It’s been the talk of Tokyo for some time and has gained world renown. Then there’s the glass public restroom in Switzerland. It stands right on the street corner and is made of reflective glass. That means that no one can see you standing or sitting there, doing your business, but you can look out and see everything happening on the street corner.  Even if you know they can’t see you, it must be a very strange feeling to seem so exposed to the world during such a, ordinarily, private time.

To find out more about the history and future of the loo, take a look at this infographic brought to you by EmergencyPlumber.

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