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PostPosted: 23-12-2013 13:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

rjmrjmrjm wrote:
On certain European trains when you flush the lav and hold the handle town you can actually see the track through the trap-door whizzing away beneath you.

I've often wondered about the allotments running next to some sections of Dutch track. Laughing
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PostPosted: 23-12-2013 13:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a friend who has just change jobs. He is now a cleaner on Virgin Trains. If the lavvies get soiled he can choose whether to clean them or leave it to the main cleaners in the station. If he does clean one while the train is rolling he gets a bonus.

I will be asking him for any interesting train toilet stories. Laughing
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PostPosted: 22-01-2014 08:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

Twitter storm in Russia over Sochi Olympics twin toilet

A BBC photo of a men's cubicle with twin toilets at a Sochi Olympics venue has caused a Twitter storm in Russia.
The picture from the Biathlon Centre tweeted by Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg was picked up by opposition leader Alexei Navalny among others.
Mr Navalny queried how the budget for the games, said to be $50bn (£30bn; 1,700bn roubles), had been spent.

Elsewhere, the photo caused disbelief and much hilarity, with some linking it to the recent debate over gay rights. Shocked

"Seeing double in the Gentlemen's Loo at the Olympic Biathlon Centre," our correspondent wrote in his original tweet.
Retweeting the photo, Mr Navalny commented: "This is a men's toilet in a Sochi Olympics media centre for 1.5bn roubles [£27m; $45m]."

"Two toilets - 28,000 roubles," wrote another blogger. "Olympic media centre - 1.5bn roubles. Global embarrassment - priceless." Cool

Others joked about Russia's controversial law on "gay propaganda", which led to calls from international campaigners to boycott February's games.
"This is how they understand the needs of sexual minorities," was one quip.

Noting there was one toilet roll between two in the cubicle, another tweeter wrote: "Tear off some paper before you sit down."

The Biathlon Centre was completed nearly two years ago, with investment from the Russian state gas company Gazprom.
"The building is one of the biggest and most comfortable structures of its kind in the world," a company representative told Russia's Interfax news agency at the time.

While the sight of twin toilets is unusual in European parts of Russia, it is not unknown, as Russian journalist Nikita Likhachev revealed, blogging about the story for Russian news website Tjournal.
Examples collected on his blog (in Russian) include facilities apparently to be found in other sports venues and even restaurants.

One photo shows a row of planks laid over a pit in a field. "Army toilet" runs the caption.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25830617
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PostPosted: 26-01-2014 15:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was more horrified that there was a bin in between the two loos. Does that mean that it's one of those "no flushy" toilet paper scenarios? Gack!

At least there are actual sit down toilets rather than the horrific footprint doodahs that are commonly found scattered around Europe. The logistics of trying to actually utilise those things don't bear thinking about! Perfectly fine for a blokey, but for ladies, well:
"We have the engine capacity, but not the steering" - Victoria Wood. Laughing
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PostPosted: 14-02-2014 10:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

Packet helps man trapped in pub toilet
12:30pm Thursday 13th February 2014

HERE at the Falmouth Packet we receive many phone calls throughout a working day, but none quite as strange as one answered last week.

No doubt using his mobile phone from within a cubicle, the caller asked whether we were the Packet and then pleaded for someone to come rescue him from the upstairs’ toilet.

Rather bemused, as The Packet does not have an upstairs toilet, or indeed an upstairs Cool , our staff member Charlotte Reed soon ascertained that the unlucky guy had somehow managed to lock himself in a toilet at The Packet Station, or Wetherspoons as more commonly known, and not here at The Packet newspaper. Very Happy

After explaining his mistake to him, Charlotte made sure the unfortunate man was not left in the loo any longer than necessary by calling the pub and alerting staff as to his predicament.

http://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/news/11008587.Packet_helps_man_trapped_in_pub_toilet/?ref=mry
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PostPosted: 14-02-2014 10:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

escargot1 wrote:
I have a friend who has just changed jobs. He is now a cleaner on Virgin Trains. If the lavvies get soiled he can choose whether to clean them or leave it to the main cleaners in the station. If he does clean one while the train is rolling he gets a bonus.

I will be asking him for any interesting train toilet stories. Laughing


My nephew's friend used to do this job and claims that the strangest thing he ever found on a train was a roasted chicken jammed down a lavatory pan with a hockey stick stuck into it.
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escargot1 wrote:
My nephew's friend used to do this job and claims that the strangest thing he ever found on a train was a roasted chicken jammed down a lavatory pan with a hockey stick stuck into it.


Laughing
Sounds like someone disgruntled with climate change theory. 'There's your hockey stick'...
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PostPosted: 21-03-2014 13:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

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'Sexist' toilets policy to be reviewed
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-26664796

Public toilets, Station Lane, Witney, Oxon

The 10p charge for using all cubicles could rise to 20p from 1 April

A local authority's "sexist" policy of charging women to use its toilets but not men using urinals is to be reviewed.

West Oxfordshire District Council charges 10p to use its toilet cubicles but men can use urinals for nothing.

Women sent "pee for free" protest letters to the council and garnered petition signatures from as far as Russia, Germany and Italy.

Councillors will consider replacing all the urinals with cubicles later.

'Equal opportunities'
The council charges 10p per visit to cubicles at 12 of its 13 public conveniences.

But at the four sites where there are urinals men can use the facilities at no cost.

Residents have complained about "unfair discrimination" since 2011 and invited others to sign and send a letter requesting West Oxfordshire District Council "notice their obligation to treat men and women with equality".

Johanna Hall from Witney said she felt the discrepancy was "unfair and sexist", while Stephen Merauld from Witney said his partner was "inconvenienced because of this charge" by "not having the right change".

Setareh Campbell from Oxford said: "If the council have an equal opportunities policy why aren't they sticking to it?"

Environment cabinet member David Harvey blamed the discrepancy on "ancient" legislation from the 1936 Public Health Act that allowed local authorities to charge for cubicles but not urinals.

However, councils have been able to charge for urinals since an amendment in the 2008 Sex Discrimination Act came into force.

Councillors will also consider increasing the charge for cubicles to 20p per use from 1 April.

The council said the reason for the proposed price hike was because the revenue generated from charging for 2012-13 was £11,606 but that the cost of running the public conveniences was more than £165,000.
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Toilet tech fair tackles global sanitation woes
March 23rd, 2014 in Technology / Energy & Green Tech

In this Friday, March 21, 2014 photo, an exhibitor from Loughborough University demonstrates the use of a toilet during Reinvent The Toilet Fair in New Delhi, India. Scientists who accepted the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's challenge to reinvent the toilet showcased their inventions in the Indian capital Saturday. The primary goal: to sanitize waste, use minimal water or electricity, and produce a usable product at low cost. India is by far the worst culprit, with more than 640 million people defecating in the open and producing a stunning 72,000 tons of human waste each day - the equivalent weight of almost 10 Eiffel Towers or 1,800 humpback whales. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

Who would have expected a toilet to one day filter water, charge a cellphone or create charcoal to combat climate change?

These are lofty ambitions beyond what most of the world's 2.5 billion people with no access to modern sanitation would expect. Yet, scientists and toilet innovators around the world say these are exactly the sort of goals needed to improve global public health amid challenges such as poverty, water scarcity and urban growth.

Scientists who accepted the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's challenge to reinvent the toilet showcased their inventions in the Indian capital Saturday. The primary goal: to sanitize waste, use minimal water or electricity, and produce a usable product at low cost.

The World Bank estimates the annual global cost of poor sanitation at $260 billion, including loss of life, missed work, medical bills and other related factors. India alone accounts for $54 billion - more than the entire GDP of Kenya or Costa Rica.

India is by far the worst culprit, with more than 640 million people defecating in the open and producing a stunning 72,000 tons of human waste each day - the equivalent weight of almost 10 Eiffel Towers or 1,800 humpback whales.

Pooping in public is so acceptable that many Indians will do it on sidewalks or in open fields. Gaze out the window of any Indian train and face a line of bare bottoms doing their business on the tracks. Meanwhile, diarrheal diseases kill 700,000 children every year, most of which could have been prevented with better sanitation.

"In the West, such things are a nuisance, but people don't lose their lives," said Christopher Elias, president of global development at the Gates Foundation. "People don't immediately realize the damage done by infections coming from human waste."

India has been encouraging rural communities to build toilets, and last year launched a $1.6 billion program to help. But building sanitation systems in developing countries is not easy. Flush toilets are not always an option. Many poor communities live in water-stressed areas. Others lack links to sewage pipes or treatment plants.

Toilet tech fair tackles global sanitation woes

In this Friday, March 21, 2014 photo, an exhibitor demonstrates the use of a toilet tap where water is recycled and reused, during Reinvent The Toilet Fair in New Delhi, India. Scientists who accepted the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's challenge to reinvent the toilet showcased their inventions in the Indian capital Saturday. The primary goal: to sanitize waste, use minimal water or electricity, and produce a usable product at low cost. India is by far the worst culprit, with more than 640 million people defecating in the open and producing a stunning 72,000 tons of human waste each day - the equivalent weight of almost 10 Eiffel Towers or 1,800 humpback whales. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

To be successful, scientists said, the designs being exhibited at Saturday's Toilet Fair had to go beyond treating urine and feces as undesirable waste, and recognize them as profit-generating resources for electricity, fertilizer or fuel.

"Traditionally, people have gone into communities and said, 'Let's dig you a pit.' That's seen as condescension, a token that isn't very helpful. After all, who is going to clean that pit?" said M. Sohail, professor of sustainable infrastructure at Loughborough University in the U.K.

The designs are mostly funded by Gates Foundation grants and in various stages of development, though others not created as part of the Gates challenge were also exhibiting on Saturday.

Some toilets collapsed neatly for easy portability into music festivals, disaster zones or illegal slums. One emptied into pits populated by waste-munching cockroaches and worms.

One Washington-based company, Janicki Industries, designed a power plant that could feed off the waste from a small city to produce 150 kilowatts of electricity, enough to power thousands of homes.

The University of the West of England, Bristol, showcased a urine-powered fuel cell to charge cellphones overnight.

Another team from the University of Colorado, Boulder, brought a system concentrating solar power through fiber optic cables to heat waste to about 300 degrees Celsius. Aside from killing pathogens, the process creates a charcoal-like product called biochar useful as cooking fuel or fertilizer.
"At the core are really interesting scientific principles, so translating this into scientific advances that people can relate to is really exciting," said one of the project leaders, Karl Linden, professor of environmental engineering in Boulder. "Biochar is an important subject for scientists at the moment, since it can be used to sequester carbon in the soil for 1,000 years or more."

Toilet tech fair tackles global sanitation woes

In this Friday, March 21, 2014 photo, an exhibitor displays a Biochar, a charcoal-like product made from human waste, used as cooking fuel or fertilizer, at the Reinvent The Toilet Fair in New Delhi, India. Scientists who accepted the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's challenge to reinvent the toilet showcased their inventions in the Indian capital Saturday. The primary goal: to sanitize waste, use minimal water or electricity, and produce a usable product at low cost. India is by far the worst culprit, with more than 640 million people defecating in the open and producing a stunning 72,000 tons of human waste each day - the equivalent weight of almost 10 Eiffel Towers or 1,800 humpback whales. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

A team from Beijing Sunnybreeze Technologies Inc. also brought a solar-biochar system, but with the solar panels heating air that will dry sludgy human waste into nuggets that are then heated further under low-oxygen conditions to create biochar.

"We are trying to build a system simple enough to be fixed in the village," technical adviser John Keating said.

One company from the southern Indian state of Kerala was not as concerned with providing toilets as with cleaning them. Toilets are more common in Kerala than they are in much of the country, but no one wants to clean them, said Bincy Baby of Eram Scientific Solutions.

"There is a stigma. The lowest of the low are the ones who clean the toilets," Baby said. Eram's solution is a coin-operated eToilet with an electronic system that triggers an automated, self-cleaning mechanism. With 450 prototypes now looped into sewage systems across India, electrical engineers are lining up for jobs as toilet technicians. "Now, they're proud of their jobs."

© 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

"Toilet tech fair tackles global sanitation woes." March 23rd, 2014. http://phys.org/news/2014-03-toilet-tech-fair-tackles-global.html
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PostPosted: 16-04-2014 19:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

A curious campaign from India.

Take the pledge?

https://www.poo2loo.com

The video gallery is quite something...
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PostPosted: 16-04-2014 20:06    Post subject: Reply with quote

Isn't it just! Laughing
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Those turd pictures look very...polished. Very Happy
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Toilet mix-up triggered Australian plane hijack scare
Passenger banged against cockpit door on Bali-bound flight

An Australian passenger mistook the cockpit door for the toilet, triggering Friday’s hijack scare on a Virgin Australia flight from Brisbane to the Indonesian holiday island of Bali, police said.

Matt Lockley told Bali police after his arrest that he banged on what he thought was the toilet door for a last-minute bathroom break before the Boeing 737-800 aircraft landed.

The door was actually the cockpit door and the pilot, Neil Thomas Cooper, responded by alerting Indonesian traffic controllers of a possible hijacking. Crew members then seized Mr Lockley and handcuffed him.

A Virgin Australia flight has landed safely in Bali after the pilot initially reported a hijack’ attempt. Australian flight lands in Bali after ‘hijack’ report
“The flight was about to land and (Lockley) was sleeping. The flight attendant woke him up and he went to the toilet. At the time, he thought the cockpit door was the toilet door,” said Heri Wiyanto, Bali police spokesman.

Virgin Australia said the 137 passengers and seven crew on board were never in any danger during the flight.

“We can confirm there was a disruptive passenger on board and the pilot notified authorities in advance of landing, as per standard operating procedures,” said Virgin spokeswoman Jacqui Abbott.

After taking blood samples from Mr Lockley, police said the Australian had taken several painkillers, including four Panadol and two Voltaren pills. Police initially had said he was drunk.

Mr Lockley, who was travelling to visit his Indonesian wife, was shown on local television shortly after the flight surrounded by armed security and a mob of reporters at the airport. Copies of his identification cards were also shown to the media.

He has not made any public comments about the incident and remains in police custody.

Police said Mr Lockley “was still depressed, so he needs to rest”.
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/asia-pacific/toilet-mix-up-triggered-australian-plane-hijack-scare-1.1775325
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An old couple who live here (well, all of us who live here are old) have a family (son-in-law and daughter, plus about three kids and a dog) who visit two or three times a week. Because that's a crowd for the small flats here, they usually gather in the lounge, or Common Room.

I often like to use the CR for the computer or the TV, so the noise they make, and outside doors left open, are often quite irritating.

But the really annoying problem is that after one of these visits, someone has left a 'floater' in the gent's toilet. And a persistant floater, that survives several flushes!

This has happened often enough now for me to be sure these people are responsible. But what can I do about it? It's a delicate matter to raise in conversation!

If the FTMB consitutes a crowd, I'd like to try sourcing the Wisdom of Crowds - any suggestions?
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Remove it with a large spoon, wrap it several sheets of toilet paper, replace in toilet and flush. Smile
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