Archive for January, 2011
Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
about the Chinese New Year
Jan. 27 : 07 Days to Chinese NY
Did you know that preparation for the Chinese New Year begins the month before with a special day known as the Sweeping of the Grounds?
Chinese fastidiously clean their homes and business in preparation of the holiday. They also hang red scrolls on their gates to usher in good fortune.
From Bangkok to New York’s Chinatown, the Chinese New Year is the pinnacle celebration for billions of Chinese people around the world. The Chinese New Year is the most important and elaborate holiday in Chinese culture. More than any other Chinese holiday, the New Year stresses the importance of familial ties. Whether it’s family gatherings or citywide celebrations, the New Year is a time rich in traditions and ancient superstitions.
Chinese New Year 2011, the Year of the Rabbit, begins on February 03rd and continues for 15 days, through the end of the full moon.
Thomas Crapper Day
Yes its true. Today we celebrate the man behind the porcelain throne – Thomas Crapper.
Though credited by many as the inventor of the flush toilet, Crapper was not, but he did popularize the WC (water closet).
He was a shrewd businessman, salesman and self-publicist. In a time when bathroom fixtures were barely spoken of, he heavily promoted sanitary plumbing and pioneered the concept of the bathroom fittings showroom*
Crapper did hold numerous patents that helped modernize indoor plumbing. His company, Thomas Crapper & Co. Ltd., is still creating reproductions of his original designs.
BTW – About the word Crap …
…is old in the English language, one of a group of nouns applied to discarded cast offs, like “residue from renderings” (1490s) or … probably extended from Middle English crappe “chaff, or grain that has been trodden underfoot in a barn” (c. 1440), deriving ultimately from Late Latin crappa, “chaff.”
Yet another purported explanation is that Crapper’s flush toilet advertising was so widespread that “crapper” became a synonym for “toilet” and people simply assumed that he was the inventor.*
photo credit: public domain (via wikipedia)
*link: wikipedia – Thomas Crapper