Outhouses, Privies, and Toilets Around the World

In this presentation, we journey around the world and learn about sanitation practices (or the lack thereof) in various countries. The gamut runs from O.D. (Open Defecation – the practice whereby 15% of the world’s population go out in fields, bushes, forests, open bodies of water, or other open spaces rather than using the toilet to defecate) to the high-tech toilets found in Japan. We will explore:

  • What country is using drones to combat open defecation?
  • When is World Toilet Day and Why?
  • What do pious Muslim men carry in their turbans?
  • How does one use the squat latrines of India?
  • What country had the motto “Toilets before Temples”?
  • How was waste handled in medieval castles?
  • Were trench latrines really used in World War I?
  • What once lined the London Bridge?
  • What percent of American’s want their toilet paper to roll over the top?
  • When was the flushing toilet invented?
  • Why was the Groom of the Open Stool a coveted position in Tudor England?