Toilet Day flush with activities
There’s no question that without the humble flush toilet, our daily lives would be very different. But did you know that the bathroom fixture gets its own day?
Sunday marks the third annual World Toilet Day, set aside to consider what life is like for the 2 billion people worldwide who don’t have access to basic sanitation. Kidscommons, 309 Washington St., will mark the day with an afternoon of special programming.
Learn fun facts, such as the time of year the most toilets are flushed and which British monarch died after toppling off a toilet, and learn how to make crafts using toilet paper tubes. The ExploraHouse exhibit also will feature a water-filtration demonstration, designed to build awareness about the importance of water conservation and sanitation.
The program runs 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 per person; free for kidscommons members. Price includes all activities.
Discover Indiana landmarks
Hoosier history buffs can get a weekly fix of obscure Indiana trivia at HiddenGemsIndiana.org, produced by Indiana Landmarks.
Each Monday, the blog offers a new historic morsel about some of Indiana’s off-the-beaten-path locales, including scenic drives, quirky neighborhoods and little-known museums.
Indiana Landmarks communications manager Mindi Woolman said the blog is the result of a popular project the organization spearheaded last May. For National Preservation Month, the Landmarks staff posted a new spot, plus the story behind it, each day for a month.
Woolman said they field suggestions from professional preservationists in Indiana Landmarks’ nine regional offices around the state.
“We have the inside knowledge to try to figure out the history of some of these things and teach people about them,” Woolman said.
Woolman said that the organization takes pains to highlight public places so readers can go experience the landmark for themselves. Recent features have included the Lemon Drop Inn diner in Anderson and Crown Point’s Sheriff’s House and Jail, from which John Dillinger escaped in 1934.