In a previous post I listed the name Thomas Crapper as a visionary with the likes of Henry Ford and Steve Jobs.
I know what you’re thinking: Thomas Crapper, a visionary? The toilet guy?
Yes. Thomas Crapper, the toilet guy, was a visionary. While Thomas Crapper didn’t actually invent the flush toilet, his innovations regarding plumbing, sanitary fittings, and improvement of the toilet were responsible for indoor bathrooms.
If you don’t think that’s visionary, just try to imagine the first time he discussed the possibility with his friends:
Thomas Crapper: you know how outhouses are filthy and disgusting places?
Friend #1: yes. Nasty business, outhouses.
Thomas Crapper: and you know how we put them a certain distance from our homes because of the horrible stench, not to mention the disease and the vermin?
Friend #1: I certainly do.
Friend #2: ha, vermin’s a funny sounding word.
Thomas Crapper: I’m going to propose moving it all inside the home.
Friend #1: that’s insane.
Thomas Crapper: I’m thinking we could put it in a small room near the bedroom.
Friend #1: is all this crazy talk because we keep making fun of your surname? Because if it is we can stop.
Friend #2: ha, Crapper is a funny sounding name; I’m not stopping.
Thomas Crapper: I’ve come up with this innovation, I’m going to call it: the floating ballcock.
Friend #2: HA! That’s a funny sounding name–you are the gift that keeps on giving, Thomas.
Thomas Crapper: we could even put it in the same room that we bathe.
Friend #1: now you’ve gone off the deep end. Next you’ll be telling us about a machine that will allow men to fly.
Thomas Crapper: well, there are these two brothers named Wilbur and Orville, and they have an idea.
Friend #2: ha, Wilbur and Orville, those are funny sounding names.
“I’ll bet we could put a toilet on this thing.”