The toilet. Smooth and white. Doesn’t look like anything out of the ordinary. In some cases has a nice shine to it. Many come with a metallic silver handle on the side or a button on the top that you push down to start the swirling water to suck down the contents of the toilet bowl. It can be very loud of you drop the lid on the ceramic base. After use of it, the flush comes with a classic sound that is familiar to almost everyone. It is distinct and come with a swirling gurgling sound. After the flush. The tank hisses and fills with water. Inside the tank are stainless steel rings that keep the functionality of the toilet running smoothly. Toilet come in many color shapes and sizes including wooden seats, metal public restrooms, or the classic porcelain.
In order to operate a toilet, you must be able to sit and stand. Most people can operate it with ease. For some, it isn’t the easiest to operate. Younger children need to be taught how to use it correctly. Often potty trainers are introduced prior to the actual toilet. After that it is mostly user error. Often a problem for men, is aiming when standing up. Women sit down either way. Elderly often times sit down, and near the toilet may be a bar to help them stand up in the case they are too weak to do so themselves. For the disabled it is more difficult, although public bathrooms come with stalls that are large enough to get a wheelchair into and come with surround bars to help get one’s self on the toilet. For men balancing while using the toilet standing upright is a necessity. Often times now the user doesn’t even need to be able to flush due to new technology that flushes for you or urinals that don’t flush with water.
Toilets do play a large role in terms of gender. This is a very popular upcoming trend. We have a men’s room and a women’s room, identified by the little symbol for a woman or a man. Men’s rooms have open urinals that are often the most popular in terms of usage by men. There are also stalls to use if you need to use one. Women’s rooms are full of stall only for obvious reasons. Genderless bathrooms are becoming popular because some people don’t fall into one of these two very black and white categories. Today we are seeing more gender neutrality in having more all gender bathrooms. This helps eliminate the social pressures felt by some who are feeling like they need to go in or the other. Often times I think toilets are associated with men a little bit more. This is due to construction workers always having the port-a-potties on the construction site. It is a very universal icon that there is work going on.
The mix of china clay, ball clay, silica, and fluxing agent come together to create infamous Vitreous china. Used so much, often times is known to cause small floods with terrible odors. It has been rumored to in some rare cases cause explosions under the correct circumstances once an ignitor is dropped inside. Even snakes have been heard of using Vitreous china as a way to get around. It is a huge waste of water.
If the toilet were to disappear, it would be very interesting. You would no longer be able to just flush your business down the toilet. Convenient bathrooms would no longer be accessible. People would be defecating in the bushes. If people came together some sort of large hold could be dug in the ground with a seat over the top of it. The only issue would be the waste would just sit there and once it filled up, you would need to more the waste somewhere or dig another hole. The easy system of sending it down to the sewers would be over. It would now be in our sight and in our minds. Without toilets there would be a very advanced society kind of feel. Going back to pooping in holes would just be bizarre. Toilets make it so simple to dispose of public waste. Not having them would be strange.
Bathrooms have always been a more private kind of thing where they are tucked away in corners of restaurants, sort of isolated. Privacy would be sort of intruded if they were more intergraded into our society. You would see urinals in open areas and toilet stalls in very convenient locations, but privacy would most likely be thrown out the window. Toilets could also gain a more prevalent use for other things such as something like, they new way to throw trash out. Instead of large landfills we would flush trash that is taken to a holding container where they isolate the trash from the water and keep it out of our sight.
Had the standard toilet with the sewage system never have been invented, we all would most likely be going to the bathroom over a deep hole in the ground. Another alternative would be a crank toilet where you do your business and then throw a scoop of enzymes and scent down into the pit and then crank the bowl shut. Bathrooms may not even exist. Toilet units would take up so much more room than they do now. If they did they would smell much worse. It would be a less evolved society without being able to dispose of our waste much easier. More disease could spread due to bacteria in the air from disgusting pits of human waste. Some other way of waste management could have been created to maybe try and break down the waste faster.
People attitudes toward toilets seem to be humor. Toilets are more private business so there are lots of bathroom jokes made and such. Then there are the classic high school bullies who shove “nerds” heads in lockers and then give them swirlies by shoving their heads into the toilet bowls and then flushing it. It seems people’s attitudes toward toilets should be something more like disgust and wanting to keep it clean. Toilets are pretty gross if you think about it, however they are a norm in our everyday lives. We have sort of become numb to what really goes inside the toilet which is nasty.
Some interesting things I learned about the toilet is that overall the system of the standard toilet and sewer have improved but essentially haven’t changed much over history. Romans used similar looking seats that has running water below that washed waste into a larger chamber below. The look has changed but the functionality remains somewhat similar. Something else I found was how much more environmentally friendly they have become. It seems like right from the get go they wouldn’t have been using a bunch of water per flush. Today people are getting “greener” toilets for the environment but their old toilets just get added to the land fill where they never decompose.
The tone of my paper should be light. I am writing about toilets which has lots of humor used behind it and that is also just who I am. If I am able to right in a lighter tone I can bring in serious topics that will have more impact on the reader if I go from lighter talk to here are some serious issues about the environment.
I think the reader should realize how we grow as a civilization over time but essentially out roots are still with us in the way that the toilet hasn’t changed at ton. Also to see how wasteful are and how there are lots of environmental things that we can do to better off our world. We create an absolutely absurd amount of waste overall and it has major impact on the planet we live on.
The reader should realize how wasteful we are as a people. Toilets waste so much water when there are people in 3rd world countries that don’t have access to somewhat clean water, were we are literally flushing it down the toilet. The reader will see why we need to improve on our wasteful habits for the good of ourselves and everyone on earth, as well as earth itself.