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Re: [IP] Pardon your French?

At 08:43 PM 8/21/2002 Chris Jones wrote:
>Hi Liz,
>Sorry, I cannot pardon your "French."  Crap is an English word that is
>devised from Thomas Crapper, inventor of the flush toilet.  (HONEST!)

 From what I hear, that's more of an urban legend than fact. Here is the 
real story (from what I can find):

>The "Silent Valveless Water Waste Preventer" (No. 814) was a siphonic 
>discharge system that allowed a toilet to flush effectively when the 
>cistern was only half full. British Patent 4990 for 1819 was issued to a 
>Mr. Albert Giblin for this product.
>There are a couple of theories on how Thomas Crapper came to be associated 
>with this device. First, is that Giblin worked for Crapper as an employee 
>and authorized his use of the product. The second, and more likely 
>scenario, says Grabowski, is that Crapper bought the patent rights from 
>Giblin and marketed the device himself.

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