Well you know this morning I stumble to the bathroom and sit down and crack the seat breaks. Now this would not be a big deal but when my husband bought the toilet we had to buy a special seat for it. On the package it said Indestructable toilet seat. So I go in and tell him he needs to go to Lowes and get a new seat he says it's supposed to be indestructable. Well Darlin I guess they lied did'nt they? He said when he bought a new one it did'nt say indestructable anymore.
So we know toilet seats are not indestructable and toilets probably are not either but it got me thinking about this, what about Elvis? and if he died on a toilet how many other deaths were toilet related so I did a little surfing and came up with the following... Toilet-related injury, accidents, and deaths: wow what can i say?
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Toilets can be the cause or location of many injuries and deaths
There are many toilet-related injuries and some toilet-related deaths throughout history and in urban legends.
In young boys, one of the most common causes of genital injury is when the toilet seat falls down while using the toilet . Smaller children run the risk of drowning if they fall headfirst into the toilet. Injuries to adults include bruised buttocks, tail bones, and dislocated hips from unsuspectingly sitting on the toilet bowl rim due to failure to ensure that the toilet seat was down. Other injuries can be caused by the feet slipping or the toilet bowl collapsing under the weight of the occupant. Pinch injuries can also occur due to splits in plastic seats, and to the various parts of a seat in different configurations. Older high flush cast iron cisterns have been known to detach from the wall when flushed (by pulling a chain) causing injuries to the user. Injuries are frequently sustained by people standing on toilet seats to reach a height. There are also instances of people slipping on a wet bathroom floor, or from a bath and concussing themselves on the fitment.
Most of the injuries described in this article have been with Western-style toilets. Occurrences with squat toilets must undoubtedly exist, but remain to be better documented.
The 2000 Ig Nobel Prize in Public Health was awarded to three physicians from the Glasgow Western Infirmary for a 1993 case report on wounds sustained to the buttocks by collapsing toilets.
1 Famous toilet-related deaths
1.1 Possible occurrences
2 Occurrences in popular culture
2.1 Linked to external factors
3 Urban legends
5 See also
6 External links
Famous toilet-related deaths
George II of Great Britain died on the toilet on 25 October 1760 from an aortic dissection. According to Horace Walpole's memoirs, King George "rose as usual at six, and drank his chocolate; for all his actions were invariably methodic. A quarter after seven he went into a little closet. His German valet de chambre in waiting heard a noise, and running in, found the King dead on the floor."
American film producer Don Simpson was found dead on the toilet on 19 January 1996. Although his death was officially attributed to natural causes, rumours and tabloid magazines claim he died from a drug overdose.
It is often reported that Elvis Presley died on or near the toilet after suffering a heart attack, with gastrointestinal problems combined with a weak heart causing his death. Several sources also say that drug use was implicated in Elvis' death on the toilet. These details were not confirmed by the coroner, however, though the event did take place in the bathroom. The belief that Elvis died on the toilet is so widespread that popular culture often parodies that event. Examples of this are Eminem's music video Without Me and the Married With Children episode I'm going to Sweatland.
Edmund II of England died of natural causes on 30 November 1016, though some report that he was stabbed in the bowels while attending the privy. Similarly, Uesugi Kenshin, a warlord in Japan, died on 19 April 1578 with some reports stating that he was assassinated on the toilet.
Lupe Vélez committed suicide on 13 December 1944, using secobarbital as her drug of choice, in Beverly Hills, California after the end of her relationship with Harald Maresch, whose child she was carrying. She retired to bed after taking the drug, but instead of sending her to sleep the drug upset her stomach and she was actually found dead in her bathroom. Her suicide and the circumstances surrounding it inspired a film by Andy Warhol in 1965 entitled Lupe.
Catherine the Great died of a stroke on 5 November 1796, with some believing that it occurred while she was on the toilet.
Novelist Evelyn Waugh died on 10 April 1966 after having put on a lot of weight. The sleeping pills he took, combined with a heavy intake of alcohol, cigars and little exercise, weakened his health, and there have been many reports that he died on the toilet.
Lenny Bruce died of a morphine overdose on 3 August 1966 while sitting on the toilet.
Occurrences in popular culture
Injuries and deaths related to toilets have been portrayed in film and other media on many occasions. These appear across many genres, from comedy to action movies:
Slim Newton's comic 1972 country song "Redback on the Toilet Seat" tells the story of a man who gets bitten by a poisonous redback spider while using the toilet, and ends up in hospital, "a sad and sorry plight".
In the 1985 film Back to the Future, Doc Brown came up with the idea of the flux capacitor (which is what makes time travel possible) after slipping from his toilet and bumping his head. The idea came to him in a vision he had after being knocked out.
In Alan Moore's 1986-1987 graphic novel Watchmen, Rorschach drowns a prison gangleader in the toilet.
In the 1989 film Lethal Weapon 2, Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) finds his toilet booby trapped to explode as soon as he gets up.
In the 1992 film Home Alone 2, one of the characters has his head lit on fire then he attempts to put out the flames by sticking his head in a toilet full of kerosene.
In the 1993 film Jurrassic Park, the lawyer character is eaten by a Tyrannosaurus Rex while on a toilet.
In the 1994 Kevin Smith film Clerks, a man dies from a heart attack while masturbating on the toilet in a convenience store.
In the 1994 Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction, Vincent Vega is shot dead by Butch Coolidge as he exits the bathroom. The mortal wound causes Vincent to fall back into the bathtub and die there.
In the 1995 James Bond film GoldenEye, James Bond attacks a Soviet Soldier on a toilet whilst infiltrating a Chemical Weapons facility.
In the 1997 film Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery, one of Dr. Evil's henchmen is drowned in a toilet by Austin.
In the 1998 BBC comedy series Big Train, an intergalactic tyrant (who looks like Ming the Merciless from Flash Gordon), suffers the indignity of being in a British public hospital after slipping on the mat around the toilet. A "Get well card" from the people of the planet Zordon is not enough to raise his spirits, however.
In the 2001 Sopranos episode He is Risen, the character Gigi Cestone, a young man, has a coronary on the toilet.
In the 2003 film The Italian Job, the character Left Ear (Mos Def)'s nickname is attributed to a childhood prank involving cherry bombs in a toilet at his middle school.
In the 2004 film Soul Plane, a character sues the air plane company after being sucked into the toilet during flight.
In the Curb Your Enthusiasm episode The Weatherman, Larry David pees sitting down because he doesn't have to turn the light on when he goes to the bathroom at night. However, Larry injures himself one night after his wife, Cheryl David (played by Cheryl Hines), forgets to put the seat down.
In the multiplayer deathmatch segment of the PC game Half Life 2, death by flying toilet, propelled by the gravity gun, is a common occurrence. It has become somewhat of a cult phenomenon.
In Scrubs, J.D. was afflicted by a disorder in which he fainted when he used the toilet.
Linked to external factors
Toilets have been shown as a location for incidents and have caused problems in other ways:
In the One Foot in the Grave episode Endgame, Victor Meldrew puts a lit match down the toilet which catches on fire because Margaret had been using Turps to clean the Bowel.
In the 1993 film Jurassic Park, a lawyer trying to hide inside a public theme-park toilet was plucked off his seat and eaten by a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
In the 1994 Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction, John Travolta's character, Vincent, causes Bad Things to happen every time he uses the toilet. After returning from dinner with Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman), she snorts heroin while he uses the bathroom and ends up overdosing. Later, Bruce Willis as Butch enters his apartment to retrieve his father's watch, only to find Vincent coming out of the toilet. Butch shoots Vincent with a silenced MAC-10 sub-machine gun. In a flashback scene at the end of the movie, Vincent is shown reading a book on the toilet in a diner while Pumpkin (Tim Roth) and Honey Bunny (Amanda Plummer) hold the customers hostage.
In the 1999 film Boondock Saints, one of the brothers drops a toilet onto a Russian mobster's head from a very great height.
In the 2003 film Dreamcatcher, a human host is killed by expelling a worm-like alien parasite while sitting on the toilet. One of the movies' characters later discovers the alien, trapping it in the toilet by sitting atop the seat.
In the 2003 premiere of TV series Dead Like Me, the series' protagonist Georgia Lass (played by Ellen Muth) is killed on her lunch break by a toilet seat which falls from the Mir space station.
In the 2003 film Big Fish, a character dies of a heart attack while reading Playboy on the toilet.
In the X-Files episode War of the Coprophages, a man is apparently attacked and killed by cockroaches while using the toilet, though Dana Scully suggests he may in fact have suffered from an aneurysm while straining.
In book three of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Storm of Swords, Tywin Lannister is killed by his son whilst sitting on the privy.
In the short film Rollover Training FA Style, two American soldiers knock over a portable toilet while one of their comrades unknowingly sits inside. The film, produced by a US Army unit deployed in Operation Iraqi Freedom and distributed over the internet, parodies military instructional materials.
In the 2006 film Snakes on a Plane, a character is killed by being bitten on the penis by a snake hiding inside the toilet on an airplane.
There has been a range of urban legends reported regarding the dangers of using a toilet in a variety of different situations. Many of them have been shown to be false. These include the presence of poisonous spiders (primarily due to the Australian red-back spider's reputation for hiding under toilet seats). In large cities like New York, sewer rats often have mythical status regarding size and ferocity, resulting in tales involving the rodents crawling up sewer pipes to attack an unwitting occupant. Of late, stories about terrorists booby trapping the seat in order to castrate their targets have begun appearing.
An urban legend with many variations recounts an "exploding" toilet. These scenarios typically include a flammable substance either accidentally or deliberately being introduced into the toilet water, and a lit match or cigarette igniting and exploding the toilet. Some of these have been examined on MythBusters.
Other common stories relate to the use of vacuums in the toilets of aeroplanes.
"SA damages after toilet collapse", BBC News, 18 May 2005.
"Power surge explodes 'superloo'", BBC News, 4 February 2004.
Categories: Hazards | Toilets
RELATIVES of a man who was crushed by a falling wall while urinating along the street last year are suing a property developer and a demolition company for 510,000 yuan in compensation.
The Yangpu District People's Court heard the case yesterday, but didn't announce a verdict.
Chen Jiuliang was urinating at one corner of Shanghai Wanda Commercial Plaza in Yangpu District last September 14 when the wall fell down, his wife told the court.
Part of the plaza was undergoing demolition at the time.
After the accident, Chen's 37-year-old wife Wang Zhengmei filed suit against Shanghai Wanda Commercial Plaza Co Ltd, which manages the plaza, Shanghai Le'an Demolition Company and the China Construction Second Engineering Bureau.
Wang's attorney told the court Wang had just arrived in the city so her husband took her out for a look around the Wujiaochang area.
When they arrived the plaza, Chen said he desperately needed to go to the bathroom, and began to urinate on the corner of the wall.
"The wall fell down before he finished urinating," said attorney Wu Guoliang.
The attorney for Shanghai Wanda argued in court that Chen was not urinating but collecting scraps.
"According to an accident report from police, Chen Jiuliang was knocked down by the wall when he was collecting scraps," the attorney pointed out.
Wu showed the court a temporary resident permit to prove Chen had lived in Shanghai for three years and couldn't be a waste collector.
But the defense pointed out that the name and ID number on that permit didn't match the name and number on Chen's identification card. His wife said he wrote his name down wrong as Chen was illiterate.
(12-09) 12:28 PST Chicago (AP) --
The gunman who fatally shot three people in a law firm's high-rise office before he was killed by police felt cheated over an invention, authorities said Saturday.
Joe Jackson forced a security guard at gunpoint to take him up to the 38th floor offices of Wood, Phillips, Katz, Clark & Mortimer, which specialized in intellectual property and patents. He carried a revolver, knife and hammer in a large manila envelope and chained the office doors behind him, police said.
Jackson, 59, told witnesses before he was shot that he had been cheated over a toilet he had invented for use in trucks, Police Superintendent Phil Cline said Saturday.
He was holding a hostage at gunpoint Friday when a SWAT officer shot him from about 45 yards away, Cline said earlier. There were no negotiations and the hostage was unharmed, police said.
"He had already shot four people. He had reloaded his gun," Cline said Saturday. There were 25 to 30 other people on the floor at the time, Cline said earlier.
Mayor Richard Daley said police did a "tremendous" job handling the situation.
The confrontation at the 43-story Citigroup Center sent office workers fleeing and stranded commuters who use a train station in the building.
The Cook County Medical Examiner's office identified the victims Saturday as Michael R. McKenna, 58, of Chicago; Allen J. Hoover, 65, of Wilmette; and Paul Goodson, 78, of Chicago.
Colleagues told reporters Hoover was a partner at the firm and McKenna was a patent attorney who rented space from the firm and also had offices in suburban Northbrook and in Hawaii. They said Goodson worked part time at the firm, sorting mail and making deliveries.
Jackson had McKenna's business card in his pocket, Cline said.
"We know he went there for Mr. McKenna, then he continued to shoot other people," Cline said Saturday.
Cline said Jackson had tried at least one other time Friday to go up to the firm's offices but was turned away.
Jackson had three criminal offenses on his record, Cline said. In 1968 he was arrested for unlawful possession of a weapon and in 1977 he was arrested for a stolen motor vehicle and disorderly conduct.
Police said McKenna's longtime paralegal, Ruth Zak Leib, 57, of Oak Park, was wounded. She was treated for a gunshot wound to the foot and was released Friday night, Rush University Medical Center spokeswoman Kim Waterman said.
A partner at the law firm, Stephen D. Geimer, declined to comment Friday night.
Fire officials said they received reports of shots fired on the 38th floor around 3:15 p.m.
Cindy Penzick, secretary in a law firm on the 37th floor, said that after a co-worker told her she had heard gunshots, a police officer with his gun drawn appeared on their floor and yelled at them to get out.
Penzick said she is usually calm, "but I have to tell you this was scary as hell."
Keegan Greene, who works at Verizon Wireless on the first floor, was helping a customer when fire alarms went off.
"One of the security guards came up to us and started saying "Run, run, run, run, run!" Greene said.
14/08/2006 14:05 - (SA)
Cops try flush out loo thieves
Big loos for 'fat' Aussies
Tashkent - Seven people were killed in Uzbekistan when an effort to excavate a toilet went badly wrong, the press-uz.info internet site said on Monday.
The accident in the southern rural province of Surkhondaryo occurred when a father and son were digging an overflow pit for an existing outdoor lavatory, the site said, citing the province's prosecutor.
As they were digging the seven-metre pit, the sides of the original toilet collapsed and its contents engulfed the two men.
Five neighbours then rushed to the men's aid, lowering themselves into the pit, but succumbed to poisoning caused by accumullated gas.