Game of Thrones has nearly everything you could put into a TV show: war, dragons, deceit, foreign lands, zombies, magic, battling for a throne made of swords…but the one thing it doesn’t have is modern plumbing. Or does it…?
Kit Harington, the acclaimed actor who plays Jon Snow, King in the North, revealed that he is actually related to the person who invented the flush toilet. And who could also be the reason why toilets are commonly referred to as “the John.”
One of Harington’s ancestors invented the first flush toilet for Queen Elizabeth I in the 16th century. John Harington was an inventor and author, most notably known for his controversial poetry about the Queen…and for inventing the first flush toilet.
The jury is still out on where the term “the John” comes from; Kit Harington and his family believe their ancestor to be the source, but others claim it dates further back than that. Kit Harington is just “glad it’s not called ‘the Harington.'”
Regardless, John Harington is known as the inventor of the modern toilet. His design had a flush valve to allow water out of the tank, as well as a way to empty the bowl.
So while Kit Harington has traveled all over Westeros, been North of the Wall, fought White Walkers, come back from the dead, and somehow manages to be alive after eight seasons of everyone else dying…his ancestor’s claim to fame is more long-lasting and practical than that.
Which one is more worthy: a toilet inventor or the true heir to the Iron Throne? Pretty sure most of us would say that the toilet is more of a necessity.
And for all of you Game of Thrones fans out there anxiously waiting to see what Sunday’s series finale has in store… Valar Morghulis!