07.02.14 • Have you ever wondered where the term “John” came from?
“Once upon a time” back in the late 16th century and early 17th century, a gentlemen named Sir John Harrington lived. Now you might be thinking, “What did Sir John Harrington do to make him the “official” John”? Well, Sir John Harrington’s god mother was no other than Queen Elizabeth I and Harrington was known as the “Saucy Godson” due to his love for writing somewhat risqué poetry and other writings. Being part of the Royal family, he was often banished for his actions and allowed to return sometime in the future. In addition to writing many notable pieces, Harrington also devised Britain’s first flushing toilet, which he called “Ajax”. “Ajax” was derived from the term “Jakes”, which in the day was slang for what we now call a toilet. In one of Harrington’s more popular pieces called “A New Discourse upon a Stale Subject: The Metamorphosis of Ajax”, he discussed his new invention. But, once again the book got…CLICK TO READ MORE