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From a Human Toilet to a Mousetrap Hair Style! Only in Historical London!

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Nell is fascinated by ancient history, archaeology, and ancestry. Where do we come from? And what makes us who we are today?

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The Human Lavatory

London has always been famous for its historic Victorian public toilets, or loos as they are called in England. Recently a lot of them have been closed down and many, although bizarre, have been converted into flats or even restaurants. But back in 1190 AD there were no such thing as toilets or bathrooms.

Many people would just 'go' where they stood! In fact most people would simply relieve themselves in the corner of their living rooms or bedrooms.

Even out in the streets many people would just drop down to the floor and do their business in front of other family members or even strangers.

But there were a few ladies who tried to keep their modesty intact. And for that reason their came a strange character called the Human Toilet.

These men and women wore voluminous capes, usually black, and they carried a bucket. When you needed the loo, or john, you would go in search of these rather strange people!

The charge was one farthing. You then sat on the bucket while the the human loo would stand above you holding the cape around you! There is hardly any record or names of these rather strange toilet people, but one does still exist.

His name was Thomas Butcher of Cheapside. The reason why he is still documented? Can you guess? Yes he overcharged the poor recipients and received a fine.

Nobody knows whether he carried on his rather doubtful job, but I am sure there were many more to take his place. Lets just say that he knew his business!

Toilet Humor! Funny stuff.

The Bicycle Throughout History.

As you can see the bisiklet sounds more like bicycle, hence the modern term bicycle.

As you can see the bisiklet sounds more like bicycle, hence the modern term bicycle.

The Penny Farthing.  tnoir.ucoz.org

The Penny Farthing. tnoir.ucoz.org

The Nodding Bicycle. The Velocipede.

These days inventions seem to come out all ready for the market. But back in history there was a lot of scratching heads, tooing and frowing, and of course the silliest inventions that made headlines but soon disappeared as quickly as they had appeared.

One of these was the nodding bicycle. Well actually it was the rider who did the nodding.

this was one of the most absurd inventions by a man named Anton Oleszkiewicz. He was said to be more English than the, well, English! Even though is name was of Russian heritage.

His invention was a new take on the velocipede, the old name for a bicycle. He believed that he could improve it by rather strange means.

He noticed that the bicycles didn't work very well, so decided that by using the whole human body, it would make the bike work better.

In 1889, he announced that his new invention the Winged Messenger would change cycling for ever.

He added levers and springs, working their way from the back wheel through the saddle and attached to a harness that went around the cyclists body.

On paper it looked rather good. Until it was first tried by the unsuspecting traveler. It took him over half an hour to strap himself in.

But that wasn't all. He then had to attach himself to the levers. Then came the bizarre but hilariously funny part.

The rider had to get up to the normal speed then start throwing himself backwards and forwards to make the bike go faster through the use of the pulleys and levers. In theory the action would make the wheels go faster.

Oleszkiewicz set up a trial day in London's Hyde Park. But it didn't go to plan. Onlookers were horrified to see these stately Gentlemen riding past with what looked like apparent epileptic fits affecting the riders!

Amongst the astonishment from the crowd, two cyclists fell of the back of their machines because they suffered severe motion sickness!

And to add insult to injury, there was no sign of extra speed!

Oleszkiewicz however, did not give up. He went onto trying his luck with a flying machine!

The Velocipede.

One of the first bikes that were named the velocipede.

One of the first bikes that were named the velocipede.

History of the Bike.

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A Mousetrap On The Head!

Back in 1690 AD a new fashion began to take place. Women who had spent many centuries covering their heads suddenly found a new way to show off their hair. Not for them the simple style of the peasants. The fashionable aristocracy decided that they wanted large hairstyles and large they were given. But that was not good enough. Oh no.

So hair sculpture was born. And bizarre it was! First the hair would be piled up as high as it could possibly be. If it wasn't good enough then false hair was added. Then came the strange added contraptions such as plaster birds, ships made from wood, flowers or anything that the client would like.

To keep it all together, they would stiffen the hair with flour, chalk, and the most dangerous of all, arsenic powder.

They took hours to perfect, but were expected to stay in for weeks or months at a time.

So of course hair washing was out of the question, apart from not getting much sleep!

Of course amidst the filth of the day, mice and insects were a problem. Well, especially mice.

People could get used to fleas and ticks, bedbugs and rats. But the ladies bouffant magnifique' hairstyles were most important.

So, they came up with a solution. To save women from total humiliation while sitting in Church, or entertaining at home, they introduced the hair mousetrap!

Can you imagine the look on peoples faces if they saw a nest of mice emerge from the sweet smelling lady of the days hair piece? It was not the done thing.

The hair mousetraps, usually made of silver, were placed in the hair and around the woman's head while she slept. By the time morning came it was hoped that all the mice had been caught.

Of course there was a catch. What ever you do, don't move around in the bed at night. You may just catch your nose or other bodily parts in the traps!


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Historic, bizarre but genius too!

We may laugh at the inventions, fads and downright funny ideas that span throughout our history, but if it wasn't for these forward thinking people of the time we wouldn't have the magnificent inventions that we take for granted today.

All I can say is that thank goodness we now live in the age of enlightenment. But I still love watching the men and women who even today try to make the weird and wonderful come to life.


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Research London's Strangest Tales by Tom Quinn and other sources.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Nell Rose

Comments

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 01, 2018:

Thanks Mike, yes that's true!

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 01, 2018:

lol! Thanks Martie! yes that human loo looks horrible!

Readmikenow on December 30, 2017:

Excellent article! Makes you wonder what generations a few hundred years in the future will be saying about us.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on December 29, 2017:

Extremely interesting history! The human loo takes the cake. Thanks for reminding us how fortunate we are to live in the 21st century. Happy New Year, dear Nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 25, 2014:

Hi Smile, lol! no me neither! can you imagine it? how awful! lol!

Smilealot on August 25, 2014:

A really interesting, entertaining and informative hub. After reading about the human toilet I don't think I will complain about my job again!

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 20, 2014:

lol! Getit! yes something like that! We did the weirdest things back then, oh can you imagine? yuck! thanks for reading, nell

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on August 20, 2014:

Human toilet.....am I the only person that had a Mel Brooks The History of the World flashback when reading that?

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 19, 2014:

lol! that is so true Tolovaj! thanks so much for reading, nell

Tolovaj on March 19, 2014:

Wow! Reality is so much weirder than fiction, isn't it?

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 10, 2014:

lol! its fascinating stuff Jama! enjoy your read.

Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on March 10, 2014:

And I'm off to find a book about Roundheads and Cromwell! ;D

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 10, 2014:

Thanks Jama, that's a great idea, I do need to know more about him, so that sounds really interesting, I will go and take a look, thanks again, nell

Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on March 10, 2014:

In that case, I recommend you first read Victoria Glendenning's wonderful bio of Anthony Trollope, then move on to the first Barchester book, "The Warden", then "Barchester Towers". You're welcome! Enjoy! ;-}

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 10, 2014:

Hi Jama, you have got me interested now, I will have to go and take a look too. I don't like having gaps in my knowledge about someone, especially someone so famous! lol! thanks again, and have a great day!

Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on March 10, 2014:

I hadn't read any of Trollope's work, either, but am about to change that with his "Barchester" series and go from there. Problem being he introduced or recycled many of his characters in an odd book that wasn't part of a series, so you practically have to read them all to get the background on the main ones. I am, however, looking forward to getting to the "Parliament" series in which he takes all sorts of witty shots at (recognizable) MPs of the mid-1800s. ;-}

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 10, 2014:

Hi, Jama! long time no see! lol! that sounds really interesting, Anothony Trollope is a name I know well but to be honest I don't think I have ever read his work. yes those abominations! lol! that says it all, doesn't it? thanks as always, nell

Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on March 10, 2014:

Great stuff, Nell! For what it's worth, women hadn't learned much about hair hygiene 150 or so years later. I just finished a bio of Anthony Trollope, one of whose pet peeves in the mid-1800s was the "abominations" women attached to their heads (hair pieces, falls, etc) after slicking their own hair back with very smelly grease. Once "greased and pieced", shampooing was out of the question for days (or weeks)! Ewwwww...

As for the toilet practices, is it any wonder so many waste-bourne diseases were rampant back then? ;-}

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 19, 2014:

Hi Bk, lol! yes its pretty weird isn't it? thanks so much for reading, and I am glad you liked it, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 19, 2014:

lol! thanks Dolores! yes can you imagine? you wake up and find something wandering around in your hair, and guess what? it's a mouse! er yes I think I will keep the mousetrap! thanks so much for reading, nell

Brenda Thornlow from New York on February 19, 2014:

Very interesting hub! Mouse traps in the hair...yikes! I would have never thought that would be an issue! Voted interesting.

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on February 19, 2014:

It wasn't hard to decide which of these inventions was the worst. The mousetrap in the hair was pretty awful, but better than having vermin live in your hair.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 08, 2014:

Thanks so much Eddy, hope you are keeping dry there we are not to be where I am but there are floods around us in the next towns! have a great weekend!

Eiddwen from Wales on February 08, 2014:

Oh what a brilliant share Nell; there aren't enough buttons to do it justice here . You are so talented and also inspiring. Voted up, across and shared.

Enjoy your weekend ad hope the weather isn't being too unkind to you ! Lots of love from over the border.

Eddy.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 04, 2014:

Hi Ann, lol! yes those wigs! and they were filthy, full of lice and fleas, yuck! I remember reading how they powdered them to make them smell better! glad you liked it, and thanks again, nell

Ann1Az2 from Orange, Texas on February 04, 2014:

Nell, of all the crazy things to write about, and then to make it interesting - well, you're a wonder! One thing I never could figure out is the silly wigs men wore in London and in the U.S. during the Revolutionary War. You always see pictures of our founding fathers in wigs. And they talk about the woman! lol

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 28, 2014:

lol! thanks Audrey, yes its so bizarre! Imagine having a mousetrap in your hair! thanks for reading, nell

Audrey Howitt from California on January 28, 2014:

This was so cool! Loved this Nell--DzyMsLizzy says it all actually--hair-raising!

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 28, 2013:

Hi lizzy, lol! thanks for reading, yes I am glad I live today too and not back then, double ugh!

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on November 27, 2013:

Well, you've done it again, Nell! Crafted an article that is as humorous as it is informative.

The history of the loo was quite funny; that video was the cat's meow.

The hairdo history is simply, well, hair-raising! Ugh! I can't even imagine such shenanigans..and not being able to wash the hair for a month or more?? Double-ugh!

Voted up, interesting and funny.

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 12, 2013:

Thanks Maria, wigging out? LOL! yes people were very strange back then, but I think they probably still are just got to find them! lol! thanks so much for reading, nell

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on November 12, 2013:

Nell,

I am wigging out ( ouch) at how humorous and thought provoking this is.

You really have a gift for weaving a fascinating story, no matter what the subject...true to your promise these tales were indeed strange and bizarre.

Voted UP and all the way across. Hugs, Maria

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 12, 2013:

Thanks so much JP, glad you liked it, nell

JPSO138 from Cebu, Philippines, International on November 12, 2013:

I really enjoyed reading your hub. It makes me an instant follower.

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 10, 2013:

lol! thanks mary! yes those hair pieces! thanks so much again for reading, nell

Mary Craig from New York on November 10, 2013:

Speaking of forward thinking people...you're the tops! I have to admit I always wondered about those ladies and their elaborate hairdos. I can't imagine sitting still long enough to look like that never mind attracting all the little creatures!

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 08, 2013:

Hi mythbuster, lol! yep its certainly that! thanks so much for reading, nell

mythbuster from Utopia, Oz, You Decide on November 08, 2013:

Excellent but weird info, NR! Thanks for sharing. Great vids, too.

Cygnet Brown from Springfield, Missouri on October 14, 2013:

Nightmare? Exactly.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 14, 2013:

Hi cygnet, lol! yes even these days it takes ages to get ready, can you imagine back then? nightmare! lol! thanks so much for reading, nell

Cygnet Brown from Springfield, Missouri on October 14, 2013:

These stories kept me laughing to the end! Who knew that about the toilet? or the bicycle, or women's fashion? Now we all do! What is it about women's fashion that it almost always seems to be synonymous with torture?

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 10, 2013:

Hi kathi lol! yes those hair sculptures make me itch just looking at them! glad you liked it and thanks as always, nell

Kathi from Saugatuck Michigan on October 10, 2013:

Oh my Nell . . . I just never knew about the toilet habits of our recent ancestors who have been shown to us as a dignified race, but yikes! Glad times have changed! And the women's hair sculptors worn months at a time having to set mouse traps . . . that part is unimaginable! Nevertheless, I love learning about this kind of stuff in history you would never find in a history textbook! Awesome!

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 08, 2013:

Hi Eddy, Aw thanks so much! lol! Great to see you, and thanks!

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 08, 2013:

Hi Eddy, Aw thanks so much! lol! Great to see you, and thanks!

Eiddwen from Wales on October 08, 2013:

Oh Nell what a great read and what a great teacher and story teller you are. Here's to many more and wishing you a great day .

Eddy.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 07, 2013:

Hi kitty! I know I would too! I discovered these crazy things in a fantastic book and they make me laugh so much its hilarious! the funny thing is that we made all these great inventions from the strange beginnings above, great to 'see' you, and thanks!

Kitty Fields from Summerland on October 07, 2013:

Oh, loved this Nell! Super fascinating. I would SO wear a mousetrap in my hair! LOL.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 05, 2013:

Hi Paul, thanks so much for reading it, and sharing, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 05, 2013:

lol! thanks mary, yes me too! long time ago though, but I still remember the embarrassment! thanks!

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 05, 2013:

Hi Crystal, lol! yes I get your point, thanks!

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on October 05, 2013:

I suppose I should stop complaining about my job now that I have read about the human toilet! A fascinating and entertaining read. Voted up and more, sharing.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on October 05, 2013:

I have been in situations before when I would gladly pay someone to stand over me in a long cape to protect my modesty in order to "do my business".

This Hub is just so much fun to read. Voted up and sharing all around.

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on October 05, 2013:

Nell-Rose,

This is an extremely interesting and funny hub. I never imagined there could be a human toilet or mousetraps in women's hair. Thanks for sharing! Voted up and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 13, 2013:

Hi ChitrangadaSharan, Aw thanks so much! glad you enjoyed it, nell

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 13, 2013:

Amazing hub, so interesting and mysterious!

You are the best in writing about these topics. I can understand, how much research is required to write on such topics.

Enjoyed it completely. Thanks!

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 09, 2013:

Hi Glimmer, yes I know, amazing isn't it? the smell back then must have been atrocious! lol! thanks so much, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 09, 2013:

Hi lyric, lol! yes that loo! the pennyfarthing bike was hilarious, I wouldn't even be able to get on that! thanks!

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 09, 2013:

Hi Wiccan, lol! me neither! can you imagine?....yuck! thanks so much for reading, nell

Mackenzie Sage Wright on September 09, 2013:

I could NOT imagine just standing there 'doing my business' in front of other people, or with someone hanging over me with a cape. This is so funny... thanks for the great read!

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on September 09, 2013:

Nell, GREAT article! Voted up and all across, shared on FB as well. Such an interesting hub and subjects. This was so funny and you always making it interesting Nell, such a talented writer my dear. Well from the "loo" to now, we've certainly came a long way, hey? I always wondered why early bikes had one large tire and one small. Enjoyed this one very much Nell, best wishes always:)

Claudia Mitchell on September 09, 2013:

Ok - The mousetrap in the hair. Genius! I have never heard that before. Whenever we see movies about certain eras everyone looks so clean and fresh for the most part, but I don't want to imagine what people really smelled and looked like. Great hub. Voted and shared.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 08, 2013:

Thanks Ken, lol! thanks so much for reading, nell

Kenneth C Agudo from Tiwi, Philippines on September 07, 2013:

What A very interesting hub=) intelligently made, how i wish i could write like this =)

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 06, 2013:

Thanks epbooks, glad you liked it, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 06, 2013:

Hi MsDora, yes that's so right! lol! thanks so much for reading, nell

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on September 06, 2013:

Wow- most information that I did not know. Thanks for sharing this enjoyable hub!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on September 06, 2013:

Lots of interesting stuff here. Look how far civilization has come!

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 06, 2013:

Haha! Thanks Sue! just mind that cloak!

Sueswan on September 06, 2013:

Hi Nell,

Laughing all the way to the toilet. Voted up across the board and sharing.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 04, 2013:

Thanks so much, yes its really getting me down now.

Anna Haven from Scotland on September 04, 2013:

I hope you are feeling better soon Nell x

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 04, 2013:

Thanks guys, still not feeling so good, I will be back to read tomorrow, I really appreciate your reading, thanks.

Nathan Bernardo from California, United States of America on September 04, 2013:

Fascinating stuff. I never would have thought of such a thing as a human toilet. I kind of feel grateful that technology has made it so I don't have to do my business in the street. This kind of stuff truly fascinates me, thanks for the great read.

Anna Haven from Scotland on September 04, 2013:

You always present such interesting hubs.

Very cool topic. I am so glad hair fashion has moved on!

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on September 04, 2013:

Great and fun hub, Nell. It is amazing to learn what people of past times did to "improve" their life. Very good research and images in your hub. Well done, Nell.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on September 04, 2013:

Wow! You did a lot of research for this Hub! I can't tell you how much I enjoyed reading this Hub!

I voted it UP, etc. and will share.

Mary Craig from New York on September 04, 2013:

The weird and wonderful! A perfect description of this hub. Bed bugs to head bugs...as always you did your homework and we got to enjoy a taste of history we don't usually find in history books.

Its easy to see why I love to follow you, your sense of humor and your choice of subjects. You're a girl after me own heart!

Voted up, useful, funny, interesting, and shared.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 03, 2013:

This is a fascinating hub, Nell. What strange customs people had in the past! Thanks for sharing the information.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on September 03, 2013:

All great material, Nell! The loo boy, though reminds me of a Monty Python skit, you know the one I mean? What was it called, The Pith Boy, or something?

Connie Smith from Southern Tier New York State on September 03, 2013:

Nell, strange and bizarro, but very interesting! It was a hoot to learn about these odd and crazy inventions. I cannot imagine holding still for half an hour just to get seasick on a bicycle!

Amazing stuff, my friend ;) Pearl

Voted Up+++++

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 03, 2013:

Thanks Mike, glad you liked it, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 03, 2013:

Thanks Martie, yes back then people moved from castle to castle so that the servants could give it a big clean! and yes me too, glad I live now and not then! Yuck! lol! thanks.

Mike Robbers from London on September 03, 2013:

Great hub, wonderful stories and a read i thoroughly enjoyed, Nell!

Martie Coetser from South Africa on September 03, 2013:

How interesting! I was so amazed about the human loo, I need time to recover before I can read about the rest. Lol! This letting go inside homes was apparently also the reason why kings had a couple of palaces and castles - to give time and air the opportunity to get rid of the stench. But I believe many people were born with instinctive shyness... I think I am ready to romanticize......

I am so glad I am living in the current millennium....

Will be back soon.... :)

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 03, 2013:

Hi Flourish, Aw thanks so much! are you sure you don't want one of those ships in your hair? it will look so fetching darling! haha! seriously, thanks as always, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 03, 2013:

Hi Genna, that is so true! they will probably say that we did the strangest and weirdest things! lol! thanks!

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 03, 2013:

Hi carter, I just love anything weird, strange or downright silly! lol! can you imagine that dunny on the side of the road!? lol! thanks as always, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 03, 2013:

Hi drbj, lol! love the way you put that! haha! thanks as always, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 03, 2013:

Hi Nellianna, great to see you. I often find the modern bicycle to much to handle too! lol! I have fallen of a number of times, so whether its back in the day or today, I would rather keep off them. As for the hair I am lucky that I was only small when those large 60s hairdo's were in fashion, its so much easier these days! I watched the Downton Abbey behind the scenes too, and once again I think we are so lucky to live now! lol! phew! so much hard work! now its just jump in the shower, comb your hair, apply makeup and then we are off! thanks for reading, and have a great day!

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 03, 2013:

HI Sue, lol! yes me too! can you imagine sitting in Church and a mouse suddenly appearing on top of your head? lol! thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 03, 2013:

Hi DDE, thanks so much for reading, glad you liked it, nell

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 03, 2013:

Great hub Nell Rose very interesting facts, a useful hub and such an informative topic, well done on your title.

Susan Bailey from South Yorkshire, UK on September 02, 2013:

So funny and interesting Nell. My head is itching though with thoughts of those mice.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on September 02, 2013:

Nell, what a delightful, funny - and informative - assortment of odd ideas and practices. Actually, some of them were pretty much practical for their time and place, though I'd think that one could get a cape & bucket, just perform as one's own 'human toilet' and skip the 'middle man' ! hahaha! You've written it all so well!

I'm not a bicyclist, was never allowed to learn, so these weird inventions look only slightly weirder than a 'regular' bike,- say a 10-speed mountain bike and those cross-country ones that cost almost as much as a small car! I'd sooner just walk it. But I suppose any contraption invites efforts to improve it and rake in the moola for the effort, huh?

The hair - ah yikes - how nasty! Do you remember the bouffant, teased hair styles in the late 50s & into the 60s? (or were you still in your crib or a twinkle in your dad's eye?) Anyway, my lovely niece, who was in High School then, spent nightly hours on hers. She couldn't bear going without regular shampoos, so this ordeal was literally every night, nearly all night, and almost consumed her time and attention, though she still managed to be voted most beautiful, most popular and all that. I guess she managed to pass her courses, too, since she went on to college, but one wondered how she worked it all into her schedule!

I've enjoyed the 'behind-the-scenes' interviews and information about the making of "Downton Abbey'. The gals in it admit that getting into the corsets & gowns, which had to be changed for each part of the day by women of that time, plus getting the hair-dos done was such a chore, they were not surprised that women of the early 20th century had little time for anything else - such as championing women's rights or pursuing independence!

Thank you for an entertaining and interesting hub!

drbj and sherry from south Florida on September 02, 2013:

Congrats, Nell. You made the weird wonderful with this hub. I was entranced from the 'crappy' beginning to the 'hairy' end. Thanks for the fascination and the fun. Voted up, y'know. Cheers!

Mary from Cronulla NSW on September 02, 2013:

Oh Nell you are such an interesting writer!!wherever do you get your inspiration from? ..this one is such a hoot..just love that human lavatory idea & maybe it could still be useful on long journeys when travelling and you need to stop by the side of the road & go:) might look a tad weird to the passing motorist right lol..you know over here in oz loos are called dunnies, well used to be in times gone past..great hub VUAI& Funny of course..cheers

Ps not too sure about the mouse traps though..he he

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on September 02, 2013:

Wow, Nell. Talk about strange, but true. I read this with both amusement and a little shock – I never knew any of this. Truly fascinating hub, Nell. I wonder, centuries hence, what the world will say about us, and our habits and culture.

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 02, 2013:

Loved this hub, Nell! Thank goodness we have potties these days. I love the mile high hair with everything but the kitchen sink in them. I read that they used to sleep sitting up. Now I guess we know why. Fantastic, entertaining, amusing hub! Voted up, more, and sharing.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 02, 2013:

Hi Peter, yep we did! lol! mind you some of the stuff we invented has disappeared, and thank goodness for that! thanks for reading, nell