Toilets were not prevalent 2,500-3,000 years ago. A spot in the woods, a hole in the ground, wherever one found himself, were the usual places for excreting human waste.
A handful of wealthy had what would be considered toilets by today’s standards. They were a rare luxury.
Recently, a private toilet 2,700 yeas old was discovered in Jerusalem.
The toilet was constructed from limestone. A cubicle was built within which the commode itself sat. The seat of the toilet was a flat piece of limestone. A round small hole in the middle. A deep septic tank beneath the limestone seat. Very deep.
Inside the cubicle were 30-40 bowls. The vessels were used to hold aromatic oils and incense. Early air fresheners for those using the facility.
Expensive to construct. Only royalty and the very wealthy could afford one.
Some were constructed next to the dining table. Do not ask why. I do not know. Others away from the place of dining and surrounded by lush gardens.
Interestingly, 1,000 years later the Misnah and Talmud discussed the various criteria that defined a rich person: “To be rich is to have a toilet near his table.”
YouTube has banned all content stating “vaccines are ineffective or dangerous.”
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Dr. Mercola’s channels were immediately deleted.
The Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Church” recently issued its report re the French Catholic Church and sexual claims. The Commission was appointed by the French Catholic Church. The report exceeded the numbers previously thought abused.
The situation rampant, the numbers unbelievable.
The report indicated more than 216,000 children were abused. The time frame lengthy. Seventy years. Most abuses occurred between 1950 and 1968.
Responsibility was laid heavily upon the French Catholic Church itself. The report indicated the Church was more interested in protecting itself rather than the children. The report further indicated the abuse was systemic and not limited to a few black sheep that strayed from the flock.
The delay in the Church seeking the investigation and report was severely criticized. The report said the Church should be made to state the reason for the tardiness. Suggesting the Church to its shame had nickel-dimed the problem.
I have a distinct recollection of Irma. Many in the Keys do.
I soon after wrote a book concerning Irma: Irma and Me.
Irma made landfall more than 4 years ago on September 10, 2017.
Would you believe repairs/restoration are still ongoing. An issue I have written about several times over the years.
Canal restoration has taken significant time. The canals were loaded with debris following Irma.
Money the problem. Canals are not the only item awaiting completion of repairs.
Work on the canals had to stop earlier this year because money had run out. Monies have been found allowing restoration to begin again.
One of the sickest and most creepy stories involving Key West became public on this day in 1940. The story true. The main characters Carl Tanzler von Cosel and Elaine Hoya Mesa.
Carl was in love with Elaine. She was much younger than Carl. Elaine died. Carl was heart broken. He arranged for her funeral in the Key West Cemetery.
Some time later, he dug up her body and brought her remains to his home.
He kept her in his bed for 7 years. Used wax and chemicals to keep up her appearance.
His actions were finally discovered after the 7 years. It was on this date in 1940 that Carl was arrested.
He was never tried nor convicted. What he had done was not a crime at the time.
Carl later disappeared from Key West.
Last night was Tuesday Talk with Key West Lou. A most interesting show. Covered a multitude of items and issues.
Join me this coming tuesday for my next show. Guaranteed you will love my quick half hour of ranting and raving. www.blogtalkradio.com/key-west-lou.
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