Tag Archives: public toilets

Korans in the toilet, Fatboy Slim hipsterises toilets and a dream toilet.

The BBC is reporting on what is assumed to be a hate crime in the University of Texas at Dallas, where photos of Korans in three different toilet bowls have been shown to the media. The police are investigating and are trying to identify suspects from CCTV. The act is mysterious insofar as the copies of the Koran from the multi-faith prayer room in the same building were untouched and the police don’t know who owned the Korans that ended up in the toilet. The university has been anxious to emphasise its welcoming and diverse nature in the aftermath of this incident.

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The once famous DJ Fatboy Slim is behind a scheme to re-develop a dilapidated block of public toilets in Shoreham-by-Sea, in West Sussex in the UK into a “community cafe” and “watersports centre”. I don’t know what either of those things are, but the commenters in local Sussex paper, The Argus seem happy, so long as the centre includes public toilets. They also enjoy the fact that a local councillor involved in the scheme is called Brian Boggis.

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Finally, a video from Kalamazoo, Michigan, where local DJ with WKFR 103.3, Dana Marshall, finds his dream toilet.

No space loo, how to find the cleanest toilet and modelling at urinals

According to Popular Mechanics, we won’t be getting to use space toilets any time soon. Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos’s company, which plans to offer private individuals the chance to go to space, are not planning to put toilets on their rockets that will bring paying passengers to space, six at a time. The total flight time will be between 41 and 42 minutes, so Jeff says we’ll be able to hold it in.

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How do you choose the cleanest toilet in a row of cubicles? Don’t go for the middle one! Apparently, when humans are faced with a choice between equal options, they tend to choose the middle one. The Sun is reporting on research that shows that the middle toilet tends to be the most used, but the toilets on the edges vary according to gender. Men tend to use the one nearest the door, while women tend to use the one furthest away. For this reason, the cleanest men’s cubicle is likely to be the one furthest from the door and the cleanest women’s cubicle is likely to be the one nearest.

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Finally, to Sao Paulo Fashion Week, where Out reports on a male fashion shoot at some urinals. Enjoy.

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Sao Paulo Fashion Week – pic from Out.com

Flush first, sex in toilets and a new toilet, but no faith

A urologist in Taiwan was giving some fairly regular advice to the Taipei Times for reducing the risk of disease in public toilets, which mainly boiled down to, avoid filth and wash your hands. However, she did give one piece of advice that I hadn’t come across before. Flush before you use the toilet. Firstly, this will allow you to see if the toilet is blocked, but mainly it will “remove any excrement left from the previous user” and will therefore reduce any risk of infection. I guess this is obvious. I’ve just never heard a doctor say it before.

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Two men were in the Newcastle Magistrate’s Court this week, where they pled guilty to a public sex act in the men’s toilets at the Eldon Garden Shopping Centre. The Gazette Live reports that the act took place in front of the urinals and not privately, in a cubicle. It’s not clear whether or not that would have been OK. The perpetrators were fined and are said to be “mortified”.

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The News Minute has a story about a new toilet in Bengaluru. It is a beautiful new facility, but locals, interviewed by the The News Minute don’t believe that it will remain in good condition. There is an older public toilet a few metres down the road, which is broken and dirty with grease-filled sinks and interruptions to running water and which smells so bad that many people choose to urinate outside it, rather than inside. The fruit and vegetable vendors who work on the road are relieved that they will have a clean toilet for a few months, but don’t think it will remain clean.

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The new Bengaluru toilet – from The News Minute

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Japanese toilet paper, Indian urinals, Nando’s and a baptist church, Danger in McDonalds, awful Instagrammers and a baby kangaroo

We start with a picture tweeted by Joel Hensley of toilet paper for old people in Japan, which has been printed with warnings about scammers and criminals.

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Japanese toilet paper – from @gryphtor on Twitter

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This story from the Times of India outlines the shortage of women’s toilets in Pune, including the installation of new mobile toilets with panic buttons. It’s easy to get angry that toilets are still such dangerous places for so many women. (More on that below.)

The new toilets aim to address the following problem:

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From the Times of India

(lakh = 100,000)

I don’t quite understand what a urinal is in India.

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In other Indian news, @DGNewsClips on Twitter reports that thousands of new toilets have been announced in New Delhi, in a “toilet inauguration spree”. I like the idea of a toilet inauguration spree. I only ever heard of “shopping sprees” and “killing sprees” before.  I like the idea of politicians rushing from toilet to toilet inaugurating with gay abandon.

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In the first of two stories about UK councils’ public toilets, Oxford won a prize for the best toilets in the UK. I’m only including this story for the amazing photo in the Oxford Mail of the council staff receiving the award. Look at all those men and how bad they are at smiling.

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From the Oxford Mail

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Also in the UK, Camden Council in London are closing public toilets and replacing them by paying local businesses to allow the public to use their toilets. According the Ham and High, the council is saving money by closing three public toilets and paying 12 businesses £750 each to let the public in. The council will also advertise for these businesses. In the name of providing a public service, the council are now paying NANDO’S and a Baptist Church to let people pee. Nando’s. And a church.

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Another case of women being infringed on in toilets in the Ipswich Star, where it is reported that a man was convicted of helping his colleague, called “Danger”, to install a camera in women’s toilets in McDonald’s where they were working. His lawyer insisted that he only did so because of the threats from Danger and not for his own sexual gratification, which is the reason it was treated as a minor offence. He’s been banned from every McDonalds in the UK, and given a 12-month community order, as well as 150 hours of unpaid work and a fine.

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People find lots of ways to be awful. “Rich Kids of UK” on Instagram posted this photo. Screen Shot 2016-12-15 at 14.17.13.png

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And finally, we turn to toilet roll, children and animals. This DIY/parenting blog suggests toddler-proofing toilet paper with an elastic band.

And then there’s this video of a baby kangaroo discovering the joys of toilet roll.

Mexican toilet art, toilet segregation, smelly politicians, hypocritical politicians and broken toilet seats

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Some of Kurt Hollander’s photos of the toilets of Mexico City – from the Guardian

Kurt Hollander writes in the Guardian about the toilets of Mexico City. He is a photographer who found himself suffering from chronic ulcerative colitis and hence found himself in many public toilets. He was delighted, in his pain, by the quirks of the toilets (of very varying quality) that he found himself in, and he created a photo series based on these. He says that they are tourist attractions and that the photos contribute to a true chronicle of the city. “I see it as my duty to work against all those superficial, hygienic, promotional views of the city that delete the raw material, sickness and death from our culture.”

Next to Breitbart, which reports a sad story about a form of sectarian segregation in Pakistan, where Christians and Muslims are expected to use separate facilities, including separate restaurants, shops, water fountains and sometimes toilets. One Christian school girl, according to this story, was beaten by the school principal for using the Muslim school toilets.

In more cheerful news, a meeting of the Nigerian Parliament had to be cancelled because their toilets were so smelly. 360 NOBS reports that the House of Representatives meeting was postponed for almost a week as a result of the stench.

I don’t know where South Lanarkshire is, but apparently, its Council’s Deputy Leader merits a story in the Telegraph. This is because the deputy leader (Jackie Burns) was caught urinating on the street, which was noteworthy because he had been responsible, months before, for closing public toilets in the area. He said: “I was in a taxi rank at the Bottom Cross in Hamilton and needed the toilet. I went down a lane to relieve myself and was approached by police, who gave me a £40 fine which I have duly paid. I am embarrassed by the incident and have apologised.”

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The kind of sign that will soon be placed in Yellowstone’s toilets – from the Jackson Hole News and Guide

Finally, to Jackson Hole, USA. The Jackson Hole News and Guide, who report on new signs that are to be installed in Yellowstone National Park’s toilets. This is a result of high numbers of broken toilet seats, which is being blamed on increasing numbers of Asian tourists, who are climbing up on toilet seats and squatting, rather than sitting in the American style.

Bus toilets, gold toilets, closed toilets and a toilet giveaway

In the first of two bus toilet related stories today, the Edinburgh Evening News, reports on a price hike at Edinburgh bus station, where using the toilets now costs 40 pence. This is ten pence more expensive than “most major Scottish cities and towns”. The injustice smarts even worse when we read that passengers in Stirling and Aberdeen bus stations have access to free toilets in adjacent shopping centres. I will refrain from using the “spend a penny” line that I fear blogging about toilet-related news will force me to read multiple variations of forever more.

Today’s other bus toilet story is another wonderfully local one from the Iceland Monitor, which reports that there will be no toilets on the bus to Akureyri. Akureyri, which the Iceland Monitor tells me is known as the “uncrowned capital of the North” is the second largest city in Iceland and it has been announced that buses on the six-hour journey from Rekjavik to Akureyri will have no “functioning” toilet for the next month. The bus company announced that the “drivers will do their best for passengers”, which is more enigmatic than it is comforting.

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A Straeto bus (the company which runs the route from Rekjavik to Akureyri) – it is not clear from the Iceland Monitor whether or not this is a photo of a bus without a “functioning toilet” – from the Iceland Monitor

The headline calls them “gold toilets”, but the photograph begs to differ. Today’s Quartz features a story about a “boutique office” in London (is there anything that can’t be called boutique any more?) with “champagne on demand” and gold toilets, but as you can see from this picture, the toilet clearly isn’t gold. It’s porcelain.

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Not a golden toilet, from qz.com

Here at “Today in toilets”, we bring you the truth. The door is impressively golden, as indeed is the toilet brush holder, but no matter how boutique this office, the toilet is no more golden than the one in the Darby Arms in my native Ballincollig.

Wales Online today ran a story on the reaction of Facebook users to the local council’s decision to close seven public toilets. The council has decided to close (after public consultation) the toilets underneath the Grand Pavilion in Porthcawl , at Kenfig National Nature Reserve, Derwen Road, Bridgend, Price Town Square and Blackmill Square in the Ogmore Valley and Pandy Road, Aberkenfig, (roll these placenames around in your mouth; nowhere has names that are more enjoyable to say than Wales does) to the disgust of Facebook users, who want to know if the council are “taking the piss”. Some suggest that citizens should start using the councillors’ own toilets from now on, and others say that the queues at the bus station toilets will now be even longer. (I have a feeling I will be reading and writing a lot about bus stations). The article ends with the opinion of one Facebooker, who isn’t particularly bothered. Apparently the toilets “stench of urine” because the council gave up on them long ago.

Finally today, good news for any readers from West Seattle, as Craigslist is running this ad in the “free stuff” section:

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