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Contrary to popular belief



An internal talk I gave at Madgex, 2011.

An internal talk I gave at Madgex, 2011.
A simple presentation written whilst attending some internal presentation training.



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  • Thomas Crapper did not invent the flush toilet;[233] it was invented by Sir John Harrington in 1596. Crapper, however, did much to increase its popularity and came up with some related inventions, such as the ballcock mechanism used to fill toilet tanks. He was noted for the quality of his products and received several Royal Warrants. He was not the origin of the word crap, but his name may have helped popularize it.\n\n
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Contrary to popular belief Contrary to popular belief Presentation Transcript

  • Contrary to Popular Belief...
  • Vikings Wikipedia
  • Vikings horns
  • VikingsA warming drink
  • VikingsAlcohol kills brain cells
  • VikingsEating before swimming
  • VikingsBulls and the colour red
  • VikingsChristmas day
  • VikingsThomas Edison & the light bulb
  • Thomas Crapper
  • VikingsDrowning
  • VikingsHumans have 5 senses
  • VikingsPhotographic memory?
  • fin.