Did lead pipescause the fall of the Roman Empire?
How many toilets were in theaverage Egyptian pyramid?
How did a knight wearing fiftypounds of armor go to thebathroom?
Was poor hygiene thelast strawbefore the French Revolution?
DidThomas Crapper really inventthe modern toilet?
How doastronauts goin space?
History finally comes out of thewater-closet inthis exploration of how people's need to relieve themselves shapedhumandevelopment from ancient times to the present. Throughout time, themostsuccessful civilizations were the ones who realized thateveryone poops, and theyhad better figure out how to get rid of it! From the world's firstflushing toiletinvented by ancient Minoan plumbers to castle moats in the middle agesthatused more than just water to repel enemies, Sarah Albee traces humancivilization using one revolting yet fascinating theme.
A blend of historical photos and humorous illustrationsbring the answers to these questions and more to life, plus extra-grosssidebar information adds to the potty humor. This is bathroom readingkids, teachers,librarians, and parents won't be able to put down!