This is undoubtedly the funniest thing I've read in the past few days. To give it some context, it was part of an analysis of how public and private acts, body parts, and parts of houses have changed places and functions and whatall over time. But still!
"To be able to attend a king's defecation was once an honor accorded to a dignitary given the title "Knight of the Stool" (the stool in question was a bodily product, not a piece of furniture)."
from "Sex and Real Estate", Marjorie Garber