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Last edited at 4:58PM on 5/11/2012
A lot of times if people were sick, old, very young, or lazy they used the old thunder jug. Better known as a chamber pot that was kept under the bed, or in the bedroom so that on cold nights, or for what ever reason when they did not wish to use the outdoor privy, they would use a porcelain covered pot. In some countries they would toss the contents right out on the street the next morning. In New Orleans during the Yankee occupation (civil war) some Southern women would toss the contents out of upper floor windows onto patrolling Yankee soldiers.
It depends on what people you are talking about. In the US in the back country they probably go behind the bushes which is still being done despite the availability of sanitation. In the city however, it depends on who got invented first, the toilet or the wall? At this time there are still "civilized" countries whereby it is still acceptable to pee in open sites in the city. It's awkward for the ladies in pants but with full skirt, they can do it standing up.
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Last edited at 5:32PM on 5/11/2012
During Biblical times the Israelites were required to go outside their gated city, so many feet from their living quarters, dig a hole, put the contents of their waste in and bury it. I know during the 60's, when we used to go "south" to visit our relatives, the people used what was known as a "slop jar." It was probably called by many different names depending on the region where one lived. This was kept beside the bed at night and used to urinate and defecate in. Believe me, at my Grandma's no one was allowed to go out to the "outhouse" at night because snakes, lizards, gators and all other sorts of nocturnal creatures were out and about.The next morning, the contents would be taken to the "outhouse" and dumped inside the hole. During the day, afternoon and early evening, you could use the outhouse to your hearts' contents. Lime, lye or bleach were some of the things I saw my grandparents use to dissolve the waste in that hole; thereby keeping it relatively sanitary and free of smell.