The toilet is often referred to as the throne. Indeed, even kings themselves, as well as music stars, actors and other titans of society all need to use the bathroom just like us. Sometimes, however, the rich and powerful like to go the extra mile to make their bathrooms stand out from the crowd. Read on for a glimpse into the most private areas of the nation's most public figures — starting with the president.
Lyndon Baines Johnson and His High-Powered Shower
The 36th president of the United States is remembered mostly for the Vietnam War and Great Society legislation. Less common knowledge about LBJ's White House tenure is his picky shower habits, revealed in the book "The Residence: Inside the Private World of The White House," by Kate Andersen Brower.
The shower was “like nothing the staff had ever seen: water charging out of multiple nozzles in every direction with needlelike intensity and a hugely powerful force,” Brower writes. Special showerheads pointed directly at the president's mid-section – front and back!
According to Brower's book, it took the White House plumber five years of tinkering to perfect the shower to Johnson's specifications, constantly receiving orders to change the water pressure, adjust the temperature and add even more nozzles. The president was so demanding that the plumber ended up hospitalized for several days after suffering from a nervous breakdown.
Alas, Johnson's presidential shower is no longer around for historians to gawk at. When his successor, Richard Nixon, first saw this masterpiece of hygiene, he reportedly had it removed immediately (and presumably replaced with a more conventional shower installation).
Fishtanks, Fireplaces and Rooms with a View
Not everyone gets to redesign the White House bathroom, but check out the modifications these celebrities made to their own personal bathing areas:
- Christina Aguilera: Aguilera lets us know what a girl wants in a bathroom, with hers featuring a bathtub smack in the center of the room, according to frontdoor.com. The tub is surrounded by candles, and if their flames aren't enough, there's even a fireplace to ensure the coziest bubble bath around. The kicker? A rug with Xtina's very own face on it.
- Kanye West: Kanye may be a college dropout, but he's done okay for himself, with a $3.3 million Los Angeles home that features a beautiful view of the city from the bathroom window. If gazing out the window ever gets boring, he can turn his attention to the giant fish tank installed at the foot of his bathtub, as shown in this bathstop321.com post.
- Carmelo Anthony: The NBA star lives in a stunning penthouse in Harlem with his wife, La La. The pair keeps their bathroom simple yet elegant with a classic white marble look, displayed here on PopSugar.com. Anthony keeps his feet warm and gives a nod to smart HVAC technology with radiant heated floors.
If you aspire to incorporate any ideas from these astounding celebrity bathrooms into your own home, call up an expert plumber today. Your local Benjamin Franklin is always here to help!