That would be Elmer Ferm, in 1897. A frustrated plumber from Waubushen
Wisconsin who was fixing the soil pipe in his house. He didn't have the time
to do the cast iron and lead thing, so he cut a length out of an inner tube,
and tied it on with manila rope.
And if you believe that, I've got some fine oceanfront property for you....
Christopher A. Young
Do good work.
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