Monday, January 19, 2015


Dear Stupid Ass Questions, Do you happen to know if they have an unusually large number of toilets per capita in Flushing, NY?

Caryn: The simple answer is yes. The more complicated answer is maybe? You see, before toilets everyone had outhouses, and Flushing, NY was named Outhouse, NY.
Henry Robert Flushing, who was born in Ithaka, NY and had extremely overactive bowels, moved with his family to Outhouse, NY after they suffered a devastating loss from the extreme winter of 1846. (Their dog had gone missing and Henry was so distraught, he had “accidents” all over their furniture and house, deeming it “uninhabitable”) Because of Henry's overly sensitive large intestine, he found he needed to relieve himself multiple times in succession but he did not enjoy his own....scent shall we say? So he devised a way to remove the contents from the bowl and essentially start anew. He named this new system "Flushing" after himself. Of course, once word spread and everyone enjoyed flushing, they threw a parade and re-named the town after him.

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