The toilet. That porcelain bowl that magically whisks our unwanted wastes so far away. It’s hard to fathom that some 40 percent of the world doesn’t have access to this basic necessity. India, in particular, constantly suffers from poor health conditions due to a lack of proper toilet facilities. Sanitation may be a less-than-elegant subject, but it’s an important one. So mull over these facts next time you’re enjoying this underappreciated seat in the house.