The Fire HydrantMarch 28, 2013

Beautiful? Maybe not. But its basic design has endured for a century and a half. THEY’RE EVERYWHERE, so common that we scarcely notice them. They’re ignored, uncelebrated, the butt of jokes about peripatetic dogs, yet they ...

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The History of the Flush ToiletMarch 28, 2013

Perhaps no other invention or device in history has had such a profound and utterly world-changing impact upon human civilization as the modern flush toilet. The only exception might be the millions of waste treatment plants which resulted from th...

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