Sunday, October 31, 2010
Let me set the stage: You are at some sleezy club, and its Halloween. You go into the bathroom to go pee.
Hrmmm.....there aren't any dividers for the toilets or anything. Oh well....
Hey look, there's an available toilet.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Here it is in action:
Thanks to Phil for the link.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
A brightly colored, portable urinal.
Now, this may seem a little bit unfair. Obviously it is far easier for a man to essentially pee in a bottle than it is for a woman to do the same. Thankfully, the bathroom engineers responsible for this product spent some time tackling this entrenched inequity and developed the Lady J adapter:
They go together like this:
Someone once told me that every great journey begins with a trip to the bathroom. Gender equality will prevail.
*Note: Apparently a competitor to the Little John was marketed under the name "The Wall Street Urinal"
Sunday, October 24, 2010
From the seats...
To the decor....
Don't worry though, dear readers, for I have saved the best picture for last, like a little bit of dessert:
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Especially the stall with the girl taking a picture, lol.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Here is a picture of their product in action:
Seems like a good idea to me, but perhaps a little bit too subtle. Here's another take on the same concept:
Much more my style :)
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
What is the target audience for these ads? People who came into the store exclusively to use the bathroom? They should try this at Dennys (my bathroom of choice!)
Where do you think this guy lies on the spectrum?
I mean what kind of balls does it take to talk to someone on the phone while you are on the shitter? Oh ya and the whole outside thing too.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Notice the lack of a seat?
These are the doors from the 'sink' area to the 'toilet' area. I don't know if you have a vivid memory of old westerns with their stereotypical swinging doors, but they don't exactly lock. These swinging doors are no exception. The door from the cafe into the 'sink' area also doesn't lock.
Now, what happens when a door to the bathroom doesn't lock? People walk in on other people. I hung out in this cafe a few times because it was really close to my hostel, and I saw someone walk in on another person 4 or 5 times (I did it once as well).
At least the walls had cool designs!
(Note: I am flying home to California tomorrow, so this might be the last post for a day or two :) )
There is a surprising amount of information here, including a section titled "Advantages of squat toilets." ADVANTAGES? As in squat toilets might be better than real toilets? I had to read on. Here is the content of that section with some comments:
Some benefits of using squat toilets are:
It is less expensive and easier to clean and maintain.
OK....this makes sense and agrees with my intuition about squat toilets being a result of under-development.
It does not involve any contact between the buttocks and thighs with a potentially unsanitary surface.
This is also a legitimate reason. In fact, when faced with a public restroom, different people go through all sorts of rituals to avoid 'touching' the toilet, be it squatting over the toilet anyways, using one of those disposable toilet seat covers, or constructing one out of toilet paper.
The absence of water in the bowl avoids the problem of water splashing upwards.
Well....there better not be any water in there, because with the fall distance from squatting that would be really disgusting
Squatting might help to build the required exhaust pressure more comfortably and quickly.
WHAT? Regardless of how crazy this claim may be, its ok because the wiki author cited a 1944 gastroenterology paper.
Squatting makes elimination faster, easier and more complete.
Similar claim, similarly strange source. The source paper is titled "Impact of Ethnic Habits on Defecographic Measurements" and is from the Archives of Iranian Medicine. Defecographic...is apparently a word.
Elimination in squatting posture protects the nerves that control the prostate, bladder and uterus from becoming stretched and damaged.
...From a paper about Prostate disorders
Squatting relaxes the puborectalis muscle which normally chokes the rectum in order to maintain continence.
Squatting securely seals the ileocecal valve, between the colon and the small intestine. In the conventional sitting position, this valve is unsupported and often leaks during evacuation.
So, in case you were still wondering, THAT's why they exist. If you have been converted, perhaps you might want to look into the following device:
It allows you to convert a regular toilet into a squatting toilet!
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Notice the flush-tank in the back. Pretty technological, and much better than the french-squirt-water-along-the-walls-and-floor method that we saw earlier. Actually, its a good thing too, because the brown floor is actually dirt. And would turn into mud. And that would suck.
Oh ya: You also have to bring your own toilet paper. LOL
And another thing: If you have any weird bathroom pictures, send me an email! alexandermyers at gmail.com
I used to have a Spanish teacher in highschool that was from Spain. Every time somebody would leave the class to go to the restroom he would yell down the hall, in Spanish, "Don't fall in." Maybe he grew up without toilet seats in Spain as well....
This was a free restroom in Arles. Simple, functional-- I guess its better than nothing.
But this one...
I paid a whole euro to use this restroom (in the TGV station in Avignon)! And what the hell, it has those little metal posts that look like seat hinges. (I checked to see if maybe my stall was just missing its seat-- no, they are all like that).
It can't be a money issue. Here's the sink that goes with that toilet, and it has a bunch of extra doodads.
The center thing shoots out water. The other two things do....nothing? at all?
I also don't want to give the impression that the French don't know what a toilet should look like. This is the bathroom on the TGV:
Friday, October 15, 2010
You see that little mini rainforest in the corner? That's how you know it's an authentic, brazilian peeing experience.
This second set of pictures is an artist's installation that was in Basel, Switzerland for a while. The bathroom is surrounded by a two way mirror, if you didn't get that from the pictures :P
How in the world do they cram so many stairs into such a small space?
At least it was a nice toilet at the top.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
You see, this bathroom has a menu of prices. Now, I don't speak French particularly well, but I was able to cobble together some meaning out of this.
1 Euro to use the bathroom.
1.5 Euro to use the bathroom in a "Cabine Spa." I think this means you get to use a bidet, though I am not sure.
2 Euro for a Mother/Child combo bathroom.
5 Euro for a 5-pack. (This doesn't make any sense to me.)
1 Euro for a Feminine Hygiene kit.
When I first saw the prices, however, I imagined the following scenario. (Note: If this happens to you in a few years, you saw it here first, and hopefully it means that I was able to start a bathroom empire)
Customer: "Excuse me, how much does it cost to use the restoom?"
Attendant: "Well that depends...What did you eat for dinner last night?"
Customer: "Uh....Spicy Mexican Food."
Attendant: "That will be 15 euros please."
Also, here is a wall of toilet paper rolls they had in the pay-area-lobby-thing of this particular bathroom.
In one of the train stations in Paris, this machine controls your entrance into the bathroom (via a turnstile). It costs .70€, doesn't give any change, and only accepts 10, 20 and 50 cent coins. Its sort of like something you would see on a bus or trolley, except instead of being in a hurry to sit down and let other people get on board, you are in a hurry to go to the bathroom and make it to your train.
Now, as an American (and someone who studied Economics), I can see the advantages of automating the bathroom admissions process so that they don't have to hire a "cashier." On the wall behind this terminal there were two out of order change machines. If you don't have the right change for this bathroom, just to the right of this picture is....a woman sitting behind a desk. She doesn't really have that much to do because of this machine, freeing her up to chat with the cleaning staff.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Alright, you think to yourself (or at least, I thought to myself): That's pretty reasonable. Would've been nice if it didn't just start automatically, before I was done, but it was a free public toilet after all. Well that was just phase 1. Immediately after the conclusion of phase 1, phase 2 began.
You see that little metal circle on the floor that is behind you if you are facing forward in the bathroom? That squirts water out too (along the floor, towards the hole). Surprise! Do not attempt with flip-flops.