Today marks the glorious occasion of World Toilet Day; that time of the year when we come together to celebrate the one thing that binds us all. So, in honor of his momentous occassion let's take a look at some of history's most important toilets. Without them, we'd never be the same.

Today marks the glorious occasion of World Toilet Day; that time of the year when we come together to celebrate the one thing that binds us all. So, in honor of his momentous occassion let's take a look at some of history's most important toilets. Without them, we'd never be the same.

1. Senator Larry Craig's public toilet

This toilet was responsbile for the resignation of Idaho Senator Larry Craig, who on June 11, 2007, was arrested at the Minneapolis–St. Paul International Airport on suspicion of lewd conduct in the men's restroom. Ironic, because Craig had a long and lengthy record of supporting anti-gay legislation, yet he was caugh soliciting an undercover police officer for gay sex in a toilet stall. Mmm! He insisted upon his innocence, disputing the officer's version of events and stating that he merely had a "wide stance" and had been picking up a piece of paper from the floor … but we're pretty sure no matter how wide your stance is or how much toilet paper there is on the floor, you don't moan "Oh, Brian!" when you're picking it up. 

The toilet stall is now a popular tourist destination.

2. The Trainspotting Toilet

In Danny Boyle's 1996 film, Ewan McGregor enters a bar to use "the worst toilet in Scotland" …. and by "worst toilet," we're pretty sure they meant one that eats you alive in the most revolting fashion imaginalbe. What followed was an undeniably iconic scene in toilet film history, making the list of Empire Magazine's Top 10 Bathroom Movie Scenes, scarring our eyes for eternity, and making every time we drop our toothbrush in the toilet bowl much more of a dramatic experience than should be legally allowed.

3. Elvis' killer toilet

While most accounts claim a heart attack killed Elvis, we like to go with a lesser-known theory: that his toilet did him in. On the morning of Aug. 16, 1977, Elvis Presley's then fiancée Ginger Alden reportedly found him next to his toilet — unresponsive, lying facedown in a pool of vomit, trousers around his ankles. According biographers, "It was certainly possible that he had been taken while 'straining a stool.' " And that, ladies and gentleman, is how we lost history's greatest performer … and also why a little Ex-Lax after the Indian restaurant never hurt anyone.

4. Marcel Duchamp's Fountain

The most important toilet in art history is undoubtedly Marcel Duchamp's Fountain. It was from this toilet that conceptual art — in which the concept behind the work takes precedence over the thing itself — was born. Marcel Duchamp's 1917 urinal was one of the pieces he referred to as "readymades" — art produced from already existing objects. The final product has been likened to the veiled head of a classic Renaissance Madonna and to a seated Buddha, but we like to blame it for the fact that you call your shitty MS Paint drawings "art."

5. Jammin' Johns

Yeah, this one didn't so much change history as it did make us aware that shitting into a guitar was possible. Now you know.

6. NASA's space crapper

NASA's space toilet is the world's most expensive toilet. The Russian-designed system was purchased by NASA for the International Space Station for a cool $19 million. And what did NASA get for its money? Certainly no heated seat. The toilet is designed to work in zero gravity and comes with somehwat sexy leg restraints and thigh bars. It dries solid waste to eliminate bacteria and odor. And here's the best bit: it filters urine into drinking water. Just pretend it's yellow Gatorade …

7. The solid gold toilet

Built in 2001, this fancy shit-eater is made of solid 24-carat gold and coated with gems. Everything in the restroom surrounding it — sink, tiles and doors — is also made of solid gold. It's on display at Hang Fung Gold Technology's showroom in Hong Kong and is worth more than $29 million. The bathroom was the brainchild of jeweler Lam Sai-wing, who was inspired by communist leader Lenin's vision that money was useless in a communist society and the most appropriate thing to do with gold would be to build public toilets out of it. It's currently the most ornate poo-catcher in the world, and is responsible for motivating us to go to college so that we may one day expell our daily bread into it's magnificent bowl.

8. The Ajax toilet

Invented for Queen Elizabeth I by Sir John Harrington, the Ajax was the world's first flushing toilet. She fell in love with its system of handles, levers and weights that poured in water from a cistern and opened the valve, but  despite her enthusiasm for the new invention, the public remained reliant on the chamber pot. It wasn't until almost 200 years later that a flushing water closet for the everyman was first patented, by Alexander Cummings in London in 1775.

9. George Michael's Beverley Hills Toilet Block

In 1998. Wham! front-man George Michael was caught trying to bang an undercover officer in a bathroom from the Will Rogers Park, which is across the street from the Beverley Hills Hotel. Of the incident, he had this to say:

"I got followed into the restroom and then this cop—I didn’t know it was a cop, obviously—he started playing this game, which I think is called, ‘I’ll show you mine, you show me yours, and then when you show me yours, I’m going to nick you!”

Afterwards, George was forced to come out of the closet, which paved the way for many artists after him to do the same, as well as gave American gay youth a sexy idol to look up to. And while the incident was embarrassing, it had a far-reaching impact on pop culture and society, which is a lot more than most toilet-incidents can say about themselves.

10. Toilets of Greek prostitutes

Independent, influential, and educated Greek prostitutes called Heterae are responsible for bringing the practice of gloryhole-ing into the potty. Although the gloryhole had existed before the Heterae brought it to the pot, it took off after members of Greek high society embraced the new sexual fetish with glee. Ever since, the gloryhole has been associated with steamy bathroom. You're welcome, truckstop blowjob lovers.