Uranus Crapper invented the first pay toilet in 1904.
The previous versions of the toilet were free to anyone who knew
the secret code to unlock the lavatory door. By slapping one's hands
together one could unlock the toilet and this became known in ballparks
and bus stations around the country as the Clapper Crapper.
Uranus was a plumber by trade. He worked on many important
projects such as unclogging kitchen sink drains and fixing automatic
dishwashers. Uranus was known for his beer gut and for bending over
with a huge tool belt pulling down his pants and exposing his butt
crack to any onlookers.
Uranus also charged huge fees for his services, belched and farted
in the company of ladies and was generally thought of as uncouth.
This is why it was a shock to many that knew him, when he unveiled
his first Clapper Crapper, shaped like King Henry VIII's throne
and charged a few schillings as the entry fee.
The public reaction went wild to his invention, though. People
started bringing magazines in to read on the throne, since they
had paid a hefty fee for its use. Restaurateurs and construction
site owners had to order many Clapper Crappers just to keep up with
One patron, 10 years after the invention said to a newspaper reporter,
"I can't remember what we did before the invention of the Clapper
Crapper. I guess we just pooped in our pants."