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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chinese Built First Water Closet




BEIJING -- China has flushed Britain's claims to have invented the water closet down the pan with the discovery of a 2,000-year-old toilet complete with running water, a stone seat and a comfortable armrest.


Archaeologists found the antique latrine in the tomb of a king of the Western Han Dynasty (B.C. 206 to A.D. 24), who believed his soul would need to enjoy human life after death, said the official Xinhua news agency Wednesday.


"This top-grade stool is the earliest of its kind ever discovered in the world, meaning that the Chinese used the world's earliest water closet, which is quite like what we are using today," Xinhua quoted the archaeologists' report as saying.


The invention of the flush toilet is widely attributed to London plumber Thomas Crapper, who patented a U-bend siphoning system for flushing the pan in the late 19th century.


Among other inventions claimed by China are toilet paper, fireworks, gunpowder, the compass, paper money, kites, printing and the clock.