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The the British Antarctic base of Halley Bay, the toilets were just seats above a deep hole in the snow. A structural timber passed beneath one of them, and jobbies (we did not call them that) could land on it, freeze, and build up to a large mound.
One of the tasks of Saturday gash (there's a versatile Antarctic word) was to poke and lever at this mass, using a crevasse probe, to send it crashing into the depths. I thought that calling it a bog chisel was purely local... The term for the accumulation was almost certainly abandoned with the hut at the end of the 1960s; it was a stalagshite.
(See also turdicles.)
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About This Category
Crapper did not invent the WC.
Euphemisms (at least for the Brits) for "toilet" or "lavatory" or "lav" or "dunny" that Adam lists include: bog, cloakroom, close stool, closet, commode, convenience, garderobe, gents, heads, jakes, khazi, ladies, latrine, loo, necessary, netty, place of easement, powder room, privy, smallest room, thunder-box, water-closet, and WC.
See our collected toilet lore and links.
And to be serious for a moment, as a result of sewer systems built by the Victorians in England, the infant mortality rate decreased to about 1% over the next 100 years. In countries such as Bangladesh it is still as high as 12%.
Contamination of drinking water is still the single biggest killer in the world and it always has been. As such, the humble lavatory is the greatest device ever invented in medical history.says Adam Hart-Davis.
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