Living that demigod-life can lead you to wondrous places—ancient ruins, lost islands of paradise, even unexplored planets. Other times, you wind up right in the commode. The loo. The throne. The dunny. The thunderbox. The old American Standard. . . The toilet.
In honor of UN World Toilet Day, we’d like to raise awareness for the great necessity of toilets in people’s lives . . . and in our favorite stories.
Clarissa Gets Splashed
From the start of her tenure at Half-Blood, the daughter of Ares developed a reputation for being a serial toilet head-dunker. So it was extremely satisfying to witness her favorite form of torture backfire on her when she tried it on Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon. Lesson: Smart bullies should check first to make sure their victims don’t have the power of hydrokenisis.
Percy and the Poop Deck
Continuing the trend of Percy’s crusade against indoor plumbing, Seaweed Brain created a huge mess on the Argo II upon hearing Piper’s dream about the giants at Sparta. In a nervous reaction to the threat to Annabeth’s safety, Percy unintentionally caused the ship’s toilets to explode. Once we got over our initial revulsion, we had to admit it was actually a pretty sweet way of showing how much he cared.
Festus Takes a Dive
This happened during one of Festus’s crash landings. Getting crushed by a giant mechanical dragon is a pretty awesome way to die. Getting crushed by a giant mechanical dragon wielding a a Porta-Potty definitely cancels out the awesomeness.
Gaea Has a Makeover
While Leo was attempting to fix his fallen dragon’s head, we caught our first glimpse of dear Mother Earth. And where does our main villain make her grand entrance? In toilet sludge, of course. We couldn’t tell if her dire threats to Leo were terrifying or just straight-up disgusting. Most likely a lot of both.
Lester Cleans Up
While staying at the Waystation, Emmie and Jo assign Lester the task of scrubbing toilets. Naturally, the former god of archery doesn’t take it well. We only mention this to show that no deity is above proper bathroom cleanliness. Come to think of it, do they even have bathrooms in Olympus? Never mind. We don’t want to know.
We love that there’s a World Toilet Day because, let’s face it, that’s funny. But it’s also great because it has an important mission: inspiring action to improve sanitation and provide for people in need throughout the world. Learn more here.