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October 22, 2006 2:54 PM   Subscribe

Ever wonder how toilet efficiency is tested? With pictorial goodness of the, errr, test subjects. (mildy NSFW)
posted by greatgefilte (30 comments total)

 
It's cool to know that the data is out there, but I'm glad I don't work there - I would hate to have to flush all of that delicious miso.
posted by pinespree at 3:09 PM on October 22, 2006


In Germany I wonder if it costs extra for them to test out the stool inspection shelf.
posted by chef_boyardee at 3:14 PM on October 22, 2006


I have to be honest and admit that I have never wondered how toilet efficiency is tested.

I feel so ashamed...
posted by WhipSmart at 3:22 PM on October 22, 2006


I salute you Canadians. You really know how to do your duty.
posted by hal9k at 3:23 PM on October 22, 2006


Maybe you should take it up with the German Toilet Organization.
posted by greatgefilte at 3:26 PM on October 22, 2006


I just moved into an apartment a few weeks ago that has 2 FlachspĆ¼ler aka "observation deck" or "inspect-o-plate". This is gonna take some getting used to for sure. It is actually becoming quite rare to find this sort of toilet in Germany. Most are now regular flushing toilets. Air freshener and toilet brush are essential in case things get messy. I could go into detail but I won't. Use your imagination.
posted by chillmost at 3:54 PM on October 22, 2006


To answer your question. No.
posted by HuronBob at 3:58 PM on October 22, 2006


and...

such a wonderful time for the image tag to be disabled!


thanks, Matt. No, really, thanks!
posted by HuronBob at 3:59 PM on October 22, 2006


Wow, pretty neat.

ha ha ha, hal9k said duty, you know... doody...
posted by arcticwoman at 4:17 PM on October 22, 2006


What's the point of using something that so closely replicates the features of real poop if you are wrapping it up in a condom anyways? Might as well make weighted rubber mock specimens.
posted by arcticwoman at 4:19 PM on October 22, 2006


"What's the point of using something that so closely replicates the features of real poop if you are wrapping it up in a condom anyways?"

Well, you know how it is when it gets left in the hands of the bean-counters.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 4:20 PM on October 22, 2006


I'm so happy that the IMG tag is turned off...
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 4:23 PM on October 22, 2006


not clicking
posted by thirteenkiller at 4:28 PM on October 22, 2006


God, how terrible is it that I expected there to be more pictures?
posted by Stauf at 5:28 PM on October 22, 2006


Carl -- "mmm, Baby Ruth!" /caddyshack
posted by ericb at 5:30 PM on October 22, 2006


Many European toilets have grinders that break waste apart to prevent clogs.
posted by clevershark at 5:42 PM on October 22, 2006


To answer your question. Yes, just the other day.
Of course, you have to keep your pipes clear as well. Do not throw dental floss in the toilet, f'rinstance.
posted by Smedleyman at 5:52 PM on October 22, 2006


What a load of crap.
posted by brain_drain at 5:52 PM on October 22, 2006


"inevitably you get the one guy saying, "I bet George could beat that.'"

ha. That was far more educational than I would have ever guessed.
posted by blacklite at 6:04 PM on October 22, 2006


Yes, but what of corn? Not very scientific, if you ask me.

Also, was it really necessary to get the color just right?
posted by Terminal Verbosity at 6:13 PM on October 22, 2006


Metafilter: Don't worry, it's just a soybean paste.
posted by knave at 6:24 PM on October 22, 2006


I saw those German-style toilets in Argentina as well. I just wish they would paint a scale onto the inspection deck.

The head on my boat has a "macerator" which sounds so much more clinical and nice than "poop grinder".
posted by Rumple at 6:33 PM on October 22, 2006


SPAULDING, NO!!!
posted by darkstar at 6:41 PM on October 22, 2006


Those are some shitty replicas.
posted by anomie at 7:54 PM on October 22, 2006


Of course the problem with the grinder approach is that when you flush it basically sounds like a little engine starting up and working for a few seconds. Not very conducive to night-time peace and quiet.
posted by clevershark at 7:54 PM on October 22, 2006


OMG ITS A POOP DECK!
posted by greatgefilte at 8:13 PM on October 22, 2006


And knave beats me to the punch by two hours...
posted by emelenjr at 8:46 PM on October 22, 2006


There was a Discovery Channel - Daily Planet segment on this lab a few years ago, but I guess they have taken the video clip down..
posted by Chuckles at 11:21 PM on October 22, 2006


six sheets!
posted by jessamyn at 12:21 AM on October 23, 2006


Many European toilets have grinders that break waste apart to prevent clogs

That's the first time I've heard of that. Apparently, they're called macerating toilets (as Rumple mentions). Does the macerator need to be cleaned out? I shudder to think...
posted by klausness at 2:46 AM on October 25, 2006


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