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April 6, 2017

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It Was Once Someone's Job to Chat With the King While He Used the Toilet - Atlas Obscura In the 1500s, the King of England’s toilet was luxurious:
a velvet-cushioned, portable seat called a close-stool, below which sat a pewter chamber pot enclosed in a wooden box. Even the king had one duty that needed attending to every day, of course, but you can bet he wasn’t going to do it on his own. From the 1500s into the 1700s, British kings appointed lucky nobles the strangely prestigious chance to perform the king’s most private task of the day, as the Groom of the Stool. This is not the glamorous job you normally would imagine in a palace, but being Groom of the Stool—named for the close stool, the king’s 16th-century toilet—was actually a highly coveted position in the royal house.

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Posted by: ghostsniper at April 6, 2017 1:46 PM

When my bro and I spent summers on my Dad's cousin's dairy farm in central MI in the mid-30s, we joined their four kids in emptying and washing the chamber pots each AM after milking and before breakfast. Good way to work up an appetite. (In that part of the world they used a more colorful term - slop jars.)

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