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Our favourite bathroom Eureka moments

Don't underestimate the impact of a good bath or shower. The bathroom has been the very place for some of the world's greatest scientific discoveries, political decisions and creative works? For International Bath Day, we soak up some of our favourite bathroom Eureka moments.

  1. Of course, we have to start with the discovery that sparked the very catchphrase, ‘Eureka!’. Ancient Greek scholar Archimedes uttered this when he realised that the rising water level as he entered the bath was equal in volume to the submerged part of his body, proving his discovery of the principle of buoyant force.
  2. Charles Darwin was said to often take long baths where he pondered over his observations and formulated the groundbreaking theory of evolution by natural selection. 

  3. Japanese inventor Yoshiro Nakamatsu, aka Dr NakaMats, has 3300 patents to his name including the first floppy disk, a toilet seat lifter and jumping shoes. Dr NakaMats credits his ‘Calm Room’, his bathroom constructed without nails and tiled in 24-karat gold as the place where he has the bulk of his creative thinking. 
  4. Murder mystery writer Agatha Christie found inspiration for many of her plotlines while relaxing in the bath leading to many of her best works like “Murder on the Orient Express”. 

  5. While recovering from polio, Franklin D. Roosevelt had many of his important political conversations from his customised bath, including the policies of the New Deal that aimed to revive the US economy during the Great Depression. 
  6. Paul McCartney reportedly dreamt the melody and lyrics of the iconic song “Yesterday” while taking a bath at a friend’s house. He also wrote “Hey Jude” during another bathtime session. 

  7. Lady Gaga is also a fan of soaking in the bath for creative inspiration with her chart-topping hit “Bad Romance” originating from one of these bathtime brainwaves. 
  8. Ed Sheeran who is said to favour hotel bathrooms for their perfect atmosphere and acoustics for songwriting. 

Shop bath tubs, bath accessories and bath towels, and unlock bathtime’s potential for discovery, growth and self-care. 

Selma Nada Rajah 12 June, 2023

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