Have you hugged your plumber today? Who knew there was a day devoted to celebrating these unsung and under appreciated heroes of public health and personal sanitation? Plumbers know. Now you do too. Whalehead King tips the fedora today to the world's plumbers.
New Orleans is a city underlaid with pipes and drainage systems. The city is no longer plagued by yellow fever, typhoid fever, and malaria due to the expert skills of the men and women who have dedicated their professional lives to keeping water flowing. It's a dirty job, and we should all be collectively grateful for those who do it, keeping us free of squalor and mosquito breeding grounds.
The word plumber comes from the Latin word for lead. Pipes were traditionally made of lead before other metals and plastics came into common use. The Latin word for lead? Plumbum. It is why the chemical symbol for this element is Pb and why the technicians who deal with pipes were originally known as 'plumbum men.'
As for the embarrassing social hazard that occurs when plumbers bend over in tight spaces, there is a cure for that. The Duluth Trading Co. is a reputable and ingenious firm, serving working men everywhere, even layabouts like yours truly.
Hug your plumber today! Offer up a salute.