Poop Happened!: A History of the World from the Bottom Up

Poop Happened!: A History of the World from the Bottom Up


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Did lead pipes

cause the fall of the Roman Empire?

How many toilets were in the

average Egyptian pyramid?

How did a knight wearing fifty

pounds of armor go to the bathroom?

Was poor hygiene the last straw

before the French Revolution?

Did Thomas Crapper really invent

the modern toilet?

How do astronauts go

in space?

History finally comes out of the water-closet in this exploration of how people's need to relieve themselves shaped human development from ancient times to the present. Throughout time, the most successful civilizations were the ones who realized that everyone poops, and they had better figure out how to get rid of it! From the world's first flushing toilet invented by ancient Minoan plumbers to castle moats in the middle ages that used more than just water to repel enemies, Sarah Albee traces human civilization using one revolting yet fascinating theme.

A blend of historical photos and humorous illustrations bring the answers to these questions and more to life, plus extra-gross sidebar information adds to the potty humor. This is bathroom reading kids, teachers,

librarians, and parents won't be able to put down!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802720771
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 05/11/2010
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 540,196
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Sarah Albee has worked on over a hundred books for the pre-school market, three of which have been New York Times bestsellers. She has worked as a newspaper cartoonist, and as an editor for Children's Television Workshop. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and three children.


Robert Leighton is the illustrator of What's Going on Down There, and is also a puzzle-writer and cartoonist for The New Yorker. He lives in New York City.

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