The Porcelain God: A Social History of the Toilet
Elvis died on one, and Charles V was born on one Although we use them everyday, most of us know very little about toilets This unique history contends that civilization began, not with the written word, but with the toilet.
Through advertisements, diaries, museum catalogs, and anecdotes, The Porcelain God explores the history of the toilet and the customs and manners that surround it The result is an interesting study of both ancient and contemporary cultures.
King Henry VIII owned a closed stool made of black velvet and studded with 2000 gold nails Louis XIV of France believed it improper to cut short a conversation to "go to the bathroom", so -- often to the horror of uninitiated visitors -- the king would receive them while sitting on the pot!
Related topics include unique hygiene habits around the world, the evolution of toilet paper, military-space toilets, euphemistic sayings, and more.
As the ultimate bathroom book, The Porcelain God offers an amusing diversion.