Feces. Manure. Defecation. BM. Stool. Excreta. Dejection. Ordure. Body waste. Dung. Excrement. Crap. Whatever you call it, humankind has pooped since first walking in the garden with God. And throughout history, one key indicator of the sustainability of a culture’s society has been how it manages its manure. Sanitary management of excrement can be the difference between lock-jaw and locking lips with a loved one, thus should be celebrated as modern man’s greatest achievement.
Here at the Green Porch we’re doing our part with this visual tribute to the unheralded hero of spiriting away our bodily juices. The crapper.
Of course the earliest form of crapper can be found just about anywhere anytime throughout history, but it lacks a certain finesse and does little to help sanitation. I believe the technical name for this is “copping a squat.”
Moving into the Neolithic era we find what very well may have been private indoor privies among the ruins of Skara Brae off the north coast of Scotland. There is still a bit of controversy over whether these really were toilets or just hidey-holes for disobedient children or werewolves during a full moon.
Of course the Romans are famous for their high quality communal crappers which have withstood the test of time for centuries and still create popular photo ops with tourists traveling through places like Turkey.
And no whirlwind tour of historical honey buckets is complete without a glimpse of a King’s toilet, this one from Finland. This castle had special privies for the royalty, and even carved out holes for prisoners as well. Dare I say this was the original throne?
To end our tribute how about a photo of a Russian-built space crapper–sequestering human’s poop where no human has pooped before.[divider]
We thank thee, crapper, for taking all our sh#%. Here’s to many more squats. (My thanks to the Toilet Guru for his great site. Check it out.)