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As Seen On YouTube

Some genius inventor in South Korea has come up with a clean, easy way to unclog toilets without a plunger! (Maybe.) Introducing, the Pongtu!
Trigger Warning: Toilet with Brown Water
posted by oneswellfoop on Jun 19, 2014 - 76 comments

Behind the Stall Door

The Private Lives of Public Bathrooms "The public collides uncomfortably with the private in the bathroom as it does nowhere else, and the unique behaviors we perform stem from a complex psychological stew of shame, self-awareness, design, and gender roles. "
posted by xingcat on Apr 16, 2014 - 108 comments

The radical consequences of public conveniences

It drips on her head most days, says Champaben, but in the monsoon season it’s worse. In rain, worms multiply. Every day, nonetheless, she gets up and walks to her owners’ house, and there she picks up their excrement with her bare hands or a piece of tin, scrapes it into a basket, puts the basket on her head or shoulders, and carries it to the nearest waste dump.
A chapter from The Big Necessity, a book exploring the world of human waste: A Brief History of Class and Waste in India [more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia on Feb 1, 2014 - 18 comments

Bare Necessity

Glass Box Public Toilet with a Garden
posted by maggieb on Dec 19, 2013 - 42 comments

Potty narrative, by three-year-old

Apple. Poutine. Cheesestring. Pickle chips. Peanut butter and raisins….
posted by mudpuppie on Oct 14, 2013 - 33 comments

Less than $4 a flush over 5 years

Presenting the NUMI by Kohler. With features like programmable colored LED lighting, bluetooth for music streaming and custom playlists America is finally catching up in the so called, Battle for the Bottom in the high end toilet wars.
posted by humanfont on Apr 27, 2013 - 75 comments

Pseudo Poop for Testing Toilets

Testing toilet flush performance naturally requires the replication of real-world loads. Striving for accuracy, a Texas A&M study (PDF) evaluated polypropylene balls and Play-Doh sheathed in condoms before settling on a test payload of two Water Wigglers per flush. In contrast, the Maximum Performance project (scroll down for photodocumentation of MaP testing procedures) recommends the use of 350-gram specimens of extruded soybean paste ("specimens that float shall not be used"). [more inside]
posted by bassomatic on Apr 26, 2012 - 32 comments

Hiding under your toilet.

Here are two stories about men hiding themselves under toilets for strange/unknown/sexual reasons. [1] [2a] [2b]. NSFW, NSF people who don't want to read about men hiding under toilets.
posted by Meatbomb on Mar 13, 2012 - 61 comments

"They’re not as crappy as other cities' toilets."

Why Portland's Public Toilets Succeeded Where Others Failed. A short documentary on the Portland Loo. Official website.
posted by OverlappingElvis on Jan 25, 2012 - 65 comments

Piss off.

Toilet gaming. [bbc.co.uk] When men use a public urinal they are cruelly left in full view, with nothing to do as they answer nature's call. Until now. British company Captive Media thinks it has developed a product that fills a gap in the market - a urinal mounted, urine-controlled games console for men.
posted by Fizz on Dec 4, 2011 - 87 comments

Poop Splash Elimination

Poop Splash Elimination
posted by nam3d on Oct 8, 2011 - 62 comments

Why buy a cow when milk is cheap?

Here's a story about a nice lady who goes to the farmer's market and buys some fresh produce. [more inside]
posted by item on May 2, 2011 - 81 comments

Vanguard of American Journalism

Current TV previously & previously, the media company founded by Al Gore after the 2000 election, has picked up the kinds of in depth long form journalism being rapidly dropped by major networks, but has been tantalizingly unavailable for those without cable; until now. They have been putting their Vanguard episodes up on their website and on YouTube. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Apr 30, 2011 - 24 comments

Ba-whoosh

I have no idea how this pug fell in the toilet, or why. (SLYT) (Hideous laughter in audio track)
posted by griphus on Dec 10, 2010 - 57 comments

It is these that the vendor suggests may have been dreamed up while sitting on the toilet.

Author JD Salinger's toilet put on sale for $1m.
posted by twoleftfeet on Aug 22, 2010 - 36 comments

Normally I'd make fun of them, but it's actually pretty awesome

Flushing 32 glowsticks down the toilet. (via)
posted by twoleftfeet on Jul 31, 2010 - 70 comments

Flush with pride!

Where Is the Best Throne in New York? This year, two bathrooms in the city — the one in Bryant Park and the one at the Muse Hotel — have been nominated for the best bathrooms in the country. New York has yet to make it to the winner’s circle in the nine years that the Cincinnati-based Cintas Corporation has run the contest. Any restroom in the United States that is open to the public is eligible. Last year, the loo in the Shoji Tabuchi Theater in Branson, Mo., earned top honors. But this year, New York City has a chance to flush the competition, which will be determined by popular vote. [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Jul 2, 2010 - 23 comments

Poop in Spaaace!

The Space Potty - the one question astronauts get asked most often: "How do you 'go' in space?" [via]
posted by Burhanistan on May 6, 2010 - 23 comments

The sexual politics of toilets.

The sexual politics of toilets.
posted by shakespeherian on Mar 24, 2010 - 70 comments

Peepoo Blue?

Cats have toilets. Dogs have toilets. Even rats have toilets... but according to the World Toilet Organization, 2.5 billion *people* worldwide still do not have access to sanitation. Peepoo (YouTube video), developed by Swedish entrepreneur, architect and professor Anders Wilhemson, is a new biodegradable single-use toilet that could help grow crops (New York Times). A layer of urea crystals in the bag kills off disease producing pathogens and breaks the waste down... into fertilizer. If you prefer patent-free alternatives, Joseph Jenkins offers Humanure. You can get his Humanure Compost Toilet System Instruction Manual (Direct Download PDF) free of charge. All you need is a bucket, cover materials (sawdust, rice husks or coffee grounds) and the knowledge in his handbook. Peepoo or Humanure? Poo decide.
posted by stringbean on Mar 9, 2010 - 18 comments

Sitters Vs. Standers – The Great Wipe Hope

In April of 2007, College Humor conducted an informal poll of their readership's (ahem) wiping habits. This month, Drew Magary re-examines the results of that "study" for Deadspin, and comes to the same shocking conclusions. (Note: These links contain bathroom-related discussions that those with more delicate sensibilities probably won't enjoy.) [more inside]
posted by juliplease on Dec 16, 2009 - 316 comments

Pants Pankuro: Toilet training in Japan

Toilet training isn't quite so easy in Japan. There's squat toilets and western style to consider. Then there are the talking toilets, and toilets that act as electronic bidets. It's no wonder then, that Japanese kids need more than a few hints from mum to master lavatorial etiquette. Meet Pants Pankuro and his friends, in their efforts to master the strange world of the Japanese toilet. [more inside]
posted by PeterMcDermott on Nov 5, 2009 - 39 comments

Heads and toilets

Ah, the old head in the toilet prank. Gets 'em every time. Not to be confused by the most toilet seats broken by the head in one minute. Or the toilet monster.
posted by billysumday on Aug 14, 2009 - 17 comments

IT'S ALL PIPES!!!

Brazil's new water conservation campaign: Xixi no Banho! (slyt)
posted by Sys Rq on Aug 6, 2009 - 86 comments

But you'll look sweet / upon the seat / of a ... what?

In 1991, SNL unveiled the prototype for The Love Toilet. Almost two decades later, the dream has finally been realized: presenting The Love Seat Toilet and the TwoDaLoo.
posted by not_on_display on Jun 22, 2009 - 29 comments

Twits and giggles

Tweet your movements. - The cycle is complete. [via]
posted by Burhanistan on May 19, 2009 - 51 comments

... and an entire aquarium.

High performance toilet demonstrations: St. Thomas Creations , Gerber, Gerber Gone Wild, American Standard, American Standard Champion 4, American Standard abusive flush testing
posted by swift on Mar 5, 2009 - 34 comments

To That Big Golden Toilet in the Sky

Korea's "Mr. Toilet" passed away. Founder of the World Toilet Association, Sim Jae-Duck promoted sanitation worldwide and built the first giant Toilet-Shaped House in Korea.
posted by jwakawaka on Jan 27, 2009 - 27 comments

Looking out for number one (and number two)

For large events, the National Park Service recommends one porta-potty per every 300 people. But if a low estimate of two million people attend the January 20th swearing-in of Barack Obama and the inaugural parade that follows, the just announced 5,000 toilets planned for the event will provide only one seven-foot plastic sanctuary for every 400 people. And even though Don's Johns use a satellite GPS system to "track the delivery, location, and status of every unit," many are skeptical the levies will hold.
posted by punkbitch on Dec 20, 2008 - 29 comments

How to Toilet Train Your Cat

Don't like scooping cat litter? Toilet train your cat.
posted by thbt on Dec 10, 2008 - 86 comments

There's nothing as beautiful as a urine dump at sunset.

How space toilets work. They've come a long way. They sure don't look like the one in my house. What happens when they break? NPR explains the logistics of the repair process. Oh thank heavens, it's working again.
posted by desjardins on Jun 14, 2008 - 10 comments

Crap, I'm hungry.

At Taipei's Modern Toilet restaurant, the chairs are toilets. You sit around sinks and bathtubs, and eat chocolate soft-serve out of little toilet-shaped bowls. Bon appetit!
posted by jbickers on Jun 2, 2008 - 55 comments

I'm tired of using technology, why don't you sit down on top of me?

From aquarium toilets to sself-cleaning toilets to intelligent toilets and musical multi-buttoned Japenese toilets, toilet technology has come a long way, baby.
posted by christonabike on Dec 6, 2007 - 11 comments

No more squeezin'

Mr. Whipple is dead. Long live Mr. Whipple. Oh how we loved you. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Nov 19, 2007 - 62 comments

It really hurts the knees

How to use an Indian Toilet
posted by hadjiboy on Oct 2, 2007 - 113 comments

Why do men pee standing up?

Why do men pee standing up? To summarize, the author thinks there's too much messy splatter when you stand up. He makes this point by starting with an Adam and Eve story, then clarifies that he too used to pee standing up, then discusses possible reasons, then shares a messy personal story, then writes another paragraph, then another, then another ...
posted by jragon on Sep 15, 2007 - 107 comments

Clean and happy every day of your life

Toto are marketing the Washlet in America. A nicely designed site without any scatological references. Possibly NSFW intro. [flash]
posted by tellurian on Jul 12, 2007 - 50 comments

Cuz when you gotta go...

MizPee works on your mobile phone to help you locate the nearest, cleanest bathroom.
posted by Dave Faris on Jul 3, 2007 - 25 comments

Toilet seats are cleaner than keyboards

Dirty Toilets in Tokyo Many more photos (in Japanese) here.
posted by KokuRyu on May 16, 2007 - 57 comments

In the hot seat?

"Fortunately nobody was using the toilets when the fire broke out and there were no injuries," a company spokesman said. "The fire would have been just under your buttocks." The flaming toilets of Japan! Of course, if these kinds of problems with new-fangled techno-toilets continue, people might be advised to go back to the traditional Japanese toilet. In which case, this refresher course in How to Use Japanese Style Toilet Bowel [sic] might come in handy. Happy squatting!
posted by flapjax at midnite on Apr 19, 2007 - 24 comments

Don't Stick Your Left Foot In. Keep it out.

Have you been wondering how to convince your child that the toilet's an appropriate place to deposit their bodily waste? Maybe you should provide them with a jaunty ditty (Note: sound!) that can be customized with their name! Previous potty posting on Metafilter.
posted by beaucoupkevin on Jan 2, 2007 - 17 comments

No not a riot but the implications are obvious

Italian police impound the Bolzano Museum of Modern Art's toilet that flushes to Fratelli d'Italia. Prosecutors said the anthem "should never be open to ridicule."
posted by jeffburdges on Nov 7, 2006 - 25 comments

Long live the Flusher King!

Ever wonder how toilet efficiency is tested? With pictorial goodness of the, errr, test subjects. (mildy NSFW)
posted by greatgefilte on Oct 22, 2006 - 30 comments

$15,000 vs. $12.99 for a 12-pack of 2-ply.

The 2006 Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest Winner Is...
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas on Sep 15, 2006 - 44 comments

Mmmm Beer, Mmmm Sculpture

Urinal Sculpture - beautiful targets. (I think this site stands on its own. However, if you are in dire need and one of these lovelies is just too fare to run, here is a guide to your local loo, or even better yet your loo on the run. For the true loooligist this compendium is sure to satisfy.)
posted by caddis on Aug 19, 2006 - 30 comments

*flush* *mreow* *flush* *mreow*

An obsessive compulsive cat flushes a toilet for three minutes.
posted by boo_radley on Aug 9, 2006 - 33 comments

No more than two shakes.

The problem with public restrooms; a monologue for both men and women. [Flash animation; no pun intended].
posted by Effigy2000 on Jul 1, 2006 - 22 comments

SQUAT - DON'T SIT!!!

Is doing it in the squat position natural and strain preventing [Human digestion warning]? Regular toilet "thrones" seem to be not very ergonomic, with dire consequences. A study. Colon cancer rates in the developing world (where squatting is still used) way lower.
posted by vertriebskonzept on Jun 30, 2006 - 73 comments

toilet seat problem

A game theoretic approach to the toilet seat problem. Because people are really passionate about their toilets.
posted by dhruva on Feb 3, 2006 - 54 comments

Loo, where are you?

This story made me wonder a bit. I'd never thought to wonder where all those old toilets disappear to. Maybe some lost tribes are out there right now hunting with the remnants of these devices, which seem to have a rich history. Disclaimer.
posted by IronLizard on Nov 8, 2005 - 16 comments

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