We recently read a report published by AMA Research and found out that 86% of UK homes have at least one shower. That means that 14% of homes in the UK don’t have a shower. This got us thinking about how popular showers have become in the UK, and how today they’re just part of our everyday lives which we don’t really think about. So we decided to do some investigation into the history of showers. We wondered…
Where did showers come from originally?
Who designed the first showers?
How did people wash in the past?
And we found some interesting results. So interesting in fact, that we created a bright and colourful infographic (see below).
Here are some of the key findings:
- In the UK, 86% of homes have at least one shower [Source: AMA Research] [Tweet This]
- 30% of UK homes have 2 or more showers [Source: AMA Research] [Tweet This]
- The average person in the UK spends 8 minutes in the shower [Source: BBC News] [Tweet This]
- An average shower uses 62 litres of water, compared to 80 litres in a bath [Source: BBC News] [Tweet This]
In terms of the history of showers, we found these interesting facts…!
- The first showers known to man were Waterfalls! #Natural [Tweet This]
- The Ancient Greeks designed the first proper showers using aqueducts #Innovative [Tweet This]
- During the Black Death, almost 1/3 of Europe’s population died – partly due to a lack of cleanliness #Shocking [Tweet This]
- The First ‘Designer Shower’ was called The English Regency #Snazzy [Tweet This]
- Electric Showers were originally called Tankless Water Heaters #InventiveName! [Tweet This]
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Before digital showers, and mixer showers and even electric showers, there was one kind of natural shower that has been on our planet for thousands of years: waterfalls.
You might be thinking about booking your next holiday to an exotic destination soon, so why not take some inspiration from these amazing waterfalls….
5.) Yosemite Falls, California, USA
- Located in the Yosemite National Park
- One of the world’s tallest waterfalls at 24,235 ft
- It’s considered the crown jewel in the Yosemite Valley and can be seen from many viewpoints across the valley
- Drops in 3 stages: the Upper Fall, The Middle Cascades and The Lower Fall
4.) Angel Falls (Salto Angel), Canaima, Venezuela
- At 3212 feet, Angel Falls is the tallest permanent waterfall in the world
- The falls are named after Jimmy Angel, who flew his plane to the top of the waterfall in search of gold in 1937.
- The falls are often shrouded in a swirling mist, giving a mysterious feel to the place, that many say is reminiscent of a Jurassic “Lost World”
Angel Falls (image courtesy of Wikipedia)
3.) Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada/New York, USA
- The most famous waterfall in North America and also the biggest waterfall by volume: 2.8 million litres per second pass over the falls!
- It marks the border between New York, USA and Ontario, Canada
- Niagara Falls is the collective name for the Horseshoe Falls, the adjacent American Falls and the smaller Bridal Veil Falls
2.) Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia/Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
- The largest singular waterfall in the world spanning a width of 1.7km, a height of 108m, and an average flow of 1 million litres per second!
- David Livingstone was the first European to see the falls, and named them in honour of Queen Victoria in 1855
- Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site
1.) Iguazu Falls, Puerto Iguazu, Argentina/Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
- A network of 275 waterfalls which are designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- La Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat) is a narrow horseshoe split between Argentina and Brazil.
- The entire site spans an incredible 3 km wide.
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