World Toilet Day spotlights the throne

Despite global humor World Toilet Day points to serious issues

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Today is World Toilet Day and with it comes the requisite humor.  But the underlying purpose of the day is to have people in all countries to take action, increase awareness of toilet user's right to a better toilet environment, and to demand for it from toilet owners. It also wants people to be aware that over 2.6 billion people around the world lack access to basic sanitation service, according to the World Toilet Organization.

What we have here is a collection of potty stories that you might find interesting. Some entries are being reprised from other World Toilet day Layer 8 postings. 

Tricked-out toilets

 Find out where, uh, the stuff goes: Interesting Web site here, Flushtracker.com, that lets you follow your sewerage path.  Doesn't sport a US zone though.

High-tech toilets are lighted, play music and test your vital signs: Every year thousands of cell phones, PDAs and music players meet their demise in toilet water. But lest it seem the toilet is merely a destroyer of technology, consider the growing number of high-end toilets sporting remote controls, wireless sensors and built-in accessories such as music players and lighting.

Try a little potty humor for lunch: This seems a little much. According to a Reuter's story, the Modern Toilet Diner in Tapai is one of chain of themed eateries appealing to largely young clientele with a lot of toilet humor. All 100 seats in the crowded diner are made from toilet bowls, not chairs. Customers eat from mini plastic toilet bowls. They wipe their hands and mouths using toilet rolls hung above their tables, which may be glass-topped jumbo bathtubs. Managers say the restaurant's popularity shows that Taipei customers, who have a choice of theme-eateries that resemble jailhouses and hospitals, appreciate creative dining. Well, we beg to disagree with this one.

Buy some toilet slippers: According to this story in the Temple University News it's common for Japanese homes to keep slippers near a home's entrance for family members and guests to use while inside. Taking this idea a step further, the Japanese also use toilet slippers, which are worn while using the toilet room Toilets are dirty, so they have slippers designated for just that one dirty room.

Don't settle for just the same old toilet seat: Toshiba offers a heated toilet seat with remote control and, um an instantaneous warm water bidet feature. In addition, the toilet is equipped with a variable-speed deodorizing fan motor, whose "speedy deodorizing" function blows three times as much air as normal, says Toshiba. The new toilet has two models, "SCS-S510" and "SCS-S500." The automatic opening and closing of the lid and seat and speedy deodorizing are only featured in "SCS-S510."  We'd be remiss if we didn't mention the fact that others such as porcelain giant Kohler offer high techie toilet seats as well. Potty startup Brondell says you'll love their Swash heated toilet seats, complete with bidet-like spray wash, dryer and deodorizer. And hey lets not forget the Privy Prop a foot-activated toilet-seat lifter, similar to your garden variety kitchen trash can.

Get off the toilet: We don't know who measures these things but a couple of the toilet companies say the average person spends three years of his or her life on a toilet. Sounds pretty bogus to us but even if the study is off by say two-years, that's pretty frightening.

Celebrate Mr. Toilet and his flushable house: Yes Virginia, there is a toilet shaped house. A South Korean lawmaker and public hygiene activist opened his $1.8 million toilet-shaped showcase house, designed to campaign for cleaner potties worldwide.

Get a cleanliness clue: When it comes to washing one's hands in public restrooms, women beat men hands down. An observational study of US public restroom habits out says one-third of men don't wash hands in public restrooms while 88% of women do lather up. A follow up telephone survey of 1,001 adults ages 18 and over found that both lie about the activity though men fail more there too: 92% of adults say they wash their hands in public restrooms. This study follows another one that indicated more Americans are logging wirelessly into the Internet - from their bathrooms. Anyway, for the washroom study researchers at Harris Interactive observed the behavior of 6,076 adults in public restrooms and recorded whether or not they washed their hands.

Conduct business in your office or What's that flushing sound Bill?: In a rather disconcerting study, almost one in five small business managers read work-related e-mails and other documents in the bathroom, presumably at work. It's worse that almost 50% of them said they work while driving, but the bathroom? What could be that interesting? (This study follows another one that indicated more Americans are logging wirelessly into the Internet - from their bathrooms.) The newspaper I understand. The survey of 300 small business owners (with up to 20 employees) was sponsored by Staples and conducted by International Communications Research.

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