Monthly Archives: July 2017

23 July 2017 in toilets | Stories from India, the UK and the internet

I’m going to start by saying a word about what I’m not going to write about. In this week’s toilet news that I get in my email, I got news about a suicide in a school toilet, about a rape in a public toilet, about a woman giving birth to a baby, which subsequently died, in a public toilet and about a man sexually abusing children in a toilet. Toilets, for a number of reasons, are a venue for some of society’s great evils and I will address this in some future posts, but for right now, I don’t think I’ve found the right tone for that, so I’m going to avoid it for today, but I will come back to it in the future.

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The first story I will report on is from Attitude Magazine and it is about a new computer game based in a men’s toilet in Ohio in the 1960s, where the aim is to cruise men, i.e. pick up men for sex in a public toilet. The aim of the game is to successfully pick men up without the police catching you. I never thought of cruising as something you could “win” at before, but I guess I was wrong.

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A still from The Tearoom game – picture from Attitude

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Next to the city of Kozhikode in Kerala, where The Hindu reports that shopping centre staff are complaining about the lack of toilets. Most of the male staff will find a laneway to piss in, but apparently, the female employees either have to bring a pot to work that they then empty in the streets afterwards, or else bring a bottle which they can close tightly and take home in their bags to empty. We have it lucky.

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Then there’s this tweet from the @Visit_Wakefield account about the wrong way to put a toilet roll.

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Finally, to an Instagram account after my own heart. A man who goes around London photographing and reviewing gents’ toilets on Instagram as “London Urinal”. Keep your freak flying!

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16 July 2017 in toilets| Stories from the Uk, Canada and the air

Let’s start with the child capitalist, who The Evening Standard are reporting has built a “tuck-shop empire”, turning over £25,000 a year from selling sweets in the school toilets. He started at the age of 12 and wasn’t caught by teachers until he was 15. The so-called “Wolf of Walthamstow” advertised his wares and took orders over Snapchat.

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Still in the UK, and a story about a scam I think I was a victim of. Purple Wifi, which is a company that provides free public wifi in a variety of businesses including Pizza Express, inserted a clause into their terms and conditions stating that in return for the use of the wifi, the customer would perform community service, including cleaning toilets at festivals and unclogging sewage blockages. The Guardian reports that Purple Wifi engaged in this stunt in order to illustrate lack of awareness of what the terms and conditions of public wifi are. To be honest, it didn’t work. I’m still not going to read them.

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In another story that rubbed me up the wrong way, an airplane passenger filmed a female passenger and a male passenger exiting a toilet, clearly having spent time there together. The Metro reports that the video, when posted online, went viral because the man had such a smug grin after the toilet encounter. And it’s true that he does look incredibly pleased with himself. The bit of the story I don’t like, is that Virgin Atlantic posted the video to their own Facebook page after it became viral and boasted about their great mood lighting. Don’t do that, Virgin. Don’t.

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Finally, did you know that there are other toilet bloggers? There are! And this guy was in The Toronto Star this week, where a video story about him told the story of his Instagram “toilography” page, where he documents weird and wonderful toilets and toilet-themed museums, restaurants and cafes.

9 July 2017 in toilets | Stories from Australia, India and the internet

Let’s start with the news you’ve all clearly been waiting for. Who won “The Best Toilet in Australia” award? Well, Hit FM tells us that  the winner is Toowoomba Portable Toilets, who boast of their “Dunnies with a difference”. Their portable toilets include a red London phone box, rustic shed,  and a beach house.

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Two of Toowoomba’s dunnies with a difference – pics from hit.com.au

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The Hindustan Times reports on a new product, intended to calm fears around germs and public toilet seats. Neena Narayan, a Delhi homemaker, has invented a disposable toilet seat cover that you can carry with you in your handbag. She says that it “feels like silk, protects like steel.”

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Narayan with her toilet seat cover – pic by Burhaan Kinu in Hindustan Times

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Staying in India, and moving to Gurugram, where the police are investigating the case of 23 missing toilets. The Times of India reports on the case which arose around a new modern office block, Silverton Towers, where the developers sold the space intended to be communal toilet blocks as office space. Some of the companies that have taken office space in the building have reported this to the police and asked them to locate the missing toilets.

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And finally, to a four-year-old Amazon review for a toilet brush, which has reappeared on Reddit and on various tabloid news sites over the last few weeks.

“I don’t know how these things have caught on! Absolute agony and disgusting to use. Call me old-fashioned, but I’m sticking with toilet paper.”

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2 July 2017 in toilets | Stories from the UK, Russia and the USA

Let’s start with a fairly gross story from the Bristol Post about the long-drop toilets at Glastonbury and what festival goers noticed living in the faeces there. Creatures that bask in the wondrously grotesque name of “rat-tailed maggots” feed on decaying plant and animal matter including poo. Festival-goers took photographs of the harmless creatures, who have protuberances like rats’ tails extending from their anuses, through which they breathe, but my manners are too good for me to post a picture of them here.

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And now to a story from devonlive.com, about a school which is planning to build unisex toilets and parents are objecting. Last week,  I wrote about the parents saying that girls would  be afraid to use tampons in a room with boys, which is at least arguable. This week, the parent objectors have just gone crazy, saying that teen pregnancies will “soar” as a result. Daft.

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RT.com ran a story about a highly entertaining and mildly terrifying viral video of portaloos being blown around in a summer storm in Moscow. It looks as if the toilets have come to life and members of the public literally had to run away from them.

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And finally to Austin Pride 2017 in Texas, where KXAN reports on a rainbow toilet display on the steps of the State Capitol in protest at the proposed anti-trans “bathroom bill”.

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The Texas State Capitol – pic from DallasVoice.com