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 -
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 -
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 -
Presenting the NUMI
. 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 -
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 -
Here are two stories about men hiding themselves under toilets for strange/unknown/sexual reasons. [1
]. NSFW, NSF people who don't want to read about men hiding under toilets.
posted by Meatbomb
on Mar 13, 2012 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
"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
] might come in handy. Happy squatting!
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Apr 19, 2007 -
- 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 -
The problem with public restrooms; a monologue for both men
. [Flash animation; no pun intended].
posted by Effigy2000
on Jul 1, 2006 -