Did lead pipes
cause the fall of the Roman Empire?
How many toilets were in the
average Egyptian pyramid?
How did a knight wearing fifty
pounds of armor go to the
Was poor hygiene the
before the French Revolution?
Thomas Crapper really invent
the modern toilet?
History finally comes out of the
this exploration of how people's need to relieve themselves shaped
development from ancient times to the present. Throughout time, the
successful civilizations were the ones who realized that
everyone poops, and they
had better figure out how to get rid of it! From the world's first
invented by ancient Minoan plumbers to castle moats in the middle ages
used more than just water to repel enemies, Sarah Albee traces human
civilization using one revolting yet fascinating theme.
A blend of historical photos and humorous illustrations
bring the answers to these questions and more to life, plus extra-gross
sidebar information adds to the potty humor. This is bathroom reading
librarians, and parents won't be able to put down!