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Quiz: The History of the Modern Toilet
by Staff
Take our quiz to find out how much you know about loos, johns, WCs and potties -- and a certain country that’s way ahead of the curve when it comes to toilet technology.

Who is usually credited with being the inventor of the flushing toilet?

  • Frederick Scatson
  • Thomas Crapper
  • Wilhelm Dungroeher

In what decade did building codes in the United States start requiring indoor bathrooms for new residences?

  • 1900s
  • 1910s
  • 1920s

When was toilet paper first sold on a roll?

  • 1870s
  • 1890s
  • 1910s

What company adopted a feminine logo and started touting the advantages of soft toilet paper in 1928?

  • Charmin
  • Scott
  • Cottonelle

In 1994, a U.S. federal law was passed that restricted toilets to how many gallons of water per flush?

  • 1
  • 1.3
  • 1.6

This country is home to many, many high-tech toilets.

  • Japan
  • China
  • South Korea

What’s a Washlet?

  • the first bidet
  • a portable bidet
  • a bidet/toilet combo

Patrons of public urinals in Japan can play “Toylet,” a game by this video-game manufacturer.

  • Sega
  • Nintendo
  • Sony

What can the Smart Toilet do?

  • massage your feet
  • check bodily functions
  • predict the future

In 2011, Kohler introduced the “Numi,” a high-tech toilet with a built-in speaker system. How much does it cost?

  • $6,400
  • $8,300
  • $10,200