Stool (colloquial stool, from French tabouret) is a backless chair that is the great-grandfather of modern chairs. Even in ancient Rome, an important official, the kurul, performed his duties, sitting on a folding stool, which his slave carried behind him. The kurulny stool was equated with the regalia of the highest power.
In the Middle Ages in France, the stool became a symbol of royal favor. At the court of Louis XIV, it was a special privilege to sit in the presence of the royal family, and in order to make the favorites not too comfortable to sit, they brought them a stool. The court table of ranks even featured the position of a stool carrier.
In the USSR, stools were an indispensable attribute of kitchen furniture, since they were more compact than chairs with backs, which is important in conditions of a lack of space.
Stool is a favorite helper of more than 70 percent of suicides who decide to die by hanging, the rest use chairs, benches and other uncomfortable furniture.
In the army, the stool is the most common piece of furniture. A distinctive feature of the army stool is a slot in the middle of the toilet seat for easy portability.
The monument to the stool is installed in Moscow on Taganskaya Street, it is an almost three-meter stool, which is very beautifully illuminated by lanterns in the evening.