Top Ten Urinals
August 1, 2003 7:53 AM   Subscribe

Top Ten Urinals Some are exotic, some puzzling, and one is just out of this world.
posted by adamrice (22 comments total)
I'm genuinely surprised that they managed to find a "she-inal". I never realized that any of them had actually been installed., not to be crass, but I'm curious: has any woman here actually used one?
posted by aramaic at 8:08 AM on August 1, 2003

The only one of those I've been to is the Madonna Inn one, which is even more spectacular than the pictures indicate and a delight to use. I like the long trough for the marathon, which reminds me of the old-fashioned trough at the late lamented Comiskey Park (had I been there for the demolition, I might have been arrested). I have to say, though, that the inclusion of perfectly ordinary urinals in odd places is unfair to the truly unique ones; they should have two separate lists, like the hardcover and paperback best-seller lists.
posted by languagehat at 8:15 AM on August 1, 2003

Now I haven't been to any of these, but has anyone seen the ones in PJ Clarke's, in NYC? 55th street and 3rd ave.
They are original, as the building is, civil war era porcelain monsters that are slowly bending the floor below them.
It is a unique experience to piss in a urinal that's as large as my fridge.

Nice link!
posted by Busithoth at 8:23 AM on August 1, 2003

Who needs a she-inal, just start practicing your technique.
posted by filmgoerjuan at 8:26 AM on August 1, 2003

The space station version:

Are you supposed to stick your weenis in the cup at the end of the u-joint? I don't like the looks of that.

Very, very fun link!
posted by Mayor Curley at 8:27 AM on August 1, 2003

the lady-p
posted by ginz at 8:35 AM on August 1, 2003

She-inals. Good grief. At least burning the bra was practical for some women.
posted by orange swan at 8:41 AM on August 1, 2003

Number 11: New Jersey
posted by sharksandwich at 8:43 AM on August 1, 2003

Unfortunately, it seems that many public-restroom designers are not pee-shy, and ignore those who are. That picture of the trough by the Verazzano-Narrows Bridge gives me the willies (so to speak). There's absolutely no way I could use that.
posted by Holden at 10:02 AM on August 1, 2003

My candidates:

1. The Shoji Tabuchi Theatre in Branson, Missouri. Separate photo of the urinal. Why this one? Because supposedly it's fancy and ornate, but it isn't, really, if you've seen what really fancy and ornate looks like.

2. Bar 89, New York. I'm cheating: no urinals. But the stalls beat all: the doors are transparent until you latch them. Big laffs watching the first-timers yank on all the opaque doors, which of course are the ones already occupied. They eventually muster up the courage to use one of the see-through stalls,. They step in tentatively in, and as they firm latch the door as if they might stop people from peeking through the transparent glass, much to their relief the doors become opaque.

3. Marcel Duchamp's 1917 Dadaist work, Fountain.

4. Also not a urinal, but what the hell: The water closet at Café Trésor on Rue de Trésor in the Marais of Paris. Yes, those are goldfish in the tank. No, they don't flush. Yes, that's a self-link to a photo I took.

Also, see see this story in USA Today.
posted by Mo Nickels at 10:07 AM on August 1, 2003

i dont even have female genitalia but my inner-vagina cringes at the thought of the shared dairy queen she-inal nozzle. have you ever eaten at a dairy queen? do you want to put the same piece of tupperware on your lady-spots that cups the belching local ladyfolk?
posted by Peter H at 10:08 AM on August 1, 2003

Save Bubby's urinal!
posted by mbd1mbd1 at 10:40 AM on August 1, 2003

The urinal from Matrix Reloaded should be an honorary weiner. Uh, winner.
posted by WolfDaddy at 10:46 AM on August 1, 2003

I thought my hobbies were esoteric, until I saw that page.
posted by clevershark at 10:55 AM on August 1, 2003

The British Toilet Association sponsors the Loo of the Year awards based on this criteria.
posted by Frank Grimes at 11:21 AM on August 1, 2003

Has anyone seen the "St. Valentines Day massacre" restroom as described here?
posted by starscream at 12:43 PM on August 1, 2003

wow, i live 2 miles from that Dairy Queen that has the she-inal. Somehow i'm not surprised...
posted by shadow45 at 2:24 PM on August 1, 2003

Dammit! I was going to post this tomorrow :p. I like the millennium Dome ones myself, although I am confused as to why I don't remember them looking like that, considering I went to that hell hole not once but twice.
posted by Orange Goblin at 2:58 PM on August 1, 2003

It's nice to see my local bar urinal made it in to the top ten. I'm at the South Pole right now and though I've never used the bar urinal (I'm female), I have used a funnel-like device at one of the science buildings here (ARO). I've also seen many of the men here use the bar urinal, because for some reason, even though the restroom is co-ed, they never close the door on the urinal stall.
posted by culberjo at 3:12 PM on August 1, 2003

that's a great first paragraph on the south pole urinal page.. hah.
posted by shadow45 at 4:19 PM on August 1, 2003

Wow, culberjo is at the South Pole.

I liked the info on the Felix urinals:
When Felix first opened, the men's washroom was different. The urinal was in the same place as it is now but there were no urinals to speak of.... Let me explain... The floor to ceiling glass wall was the urinal. ...One could look down at Kowloon and all its glitter.

Now that sounds cool.
posted by modofo at 4:59 PM on August 1, 2003

They were cool, I used them before they ruined them!
posted by Plunge at 5:51 PM on August 1, 2003

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