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    Poor kid.

    Probably traumatized for life now...

    China: Boy gets stuck in squat toilet
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    Apparently pee spray has been almost eliminated in Amersterdam's airport. They've reduced the messes by some 80% by doing a simple little thing to the urinal itself.

    There is a fly in there. An image of one actually, baked into the porcelain.

    what man can resist a legit target? Apparently not many.

    come on, admit it! You're biggest accomplishment is breaking up the scented puck or destroying a cigarette butt. lol

    Terminal 4 at JFK now has it too!
    That's even better

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwMgKKmwNao

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    I will never understand California

    I was just in LA. How ever did I miss this?
    Magic Restroom Café comes to California, complete with toilet-bowl seats
    Toilet cafés are flush with success in Taiwan, so Chinese restaurateur YoYo Li has decided to see if the concept can bowl over American dinners, too.
    By Gina Pace / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 6:45 PM



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    The Magic Restroom Cafe in Southern California is toilet-themed.

    If all goes well, this restaurant's business will be in the crapper.

    The Magic Restroom Café in Southern California has had a successful "soft opening" according to their Facebook page, and plans a grand opening soon.


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    A dessert served in a miniature toilet bowl.

    The City of Industry restaurant is toilet-themed, as guests sit on toilet-style stools and are served food in miniature toilet bowls, according to a report from Los Angeles' KTLA 5. Yelp reviews describe the décor as including urinals and toilets along the wall, and shower fixtures near some of the tables.


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    Urinals and toilets make up the decor.

    The inspiration comes from a place called the Modern Toilet Restaurant in Taiwan, reports the Los Angeles Times. YoYo Li, a first-time restaurateur from China, decided to open one in the United States due to the popularity of such cafes in Taiwan, according to the Times, which describes the place as "rather crude, but it's all in good humor."


    ELIZABETH DANIELS PHOTOGRAPHY
    The restaurant serves Taiwanese fare. including magic curry rice.

    The food is Taiwanese fare, including magic curry rice and beef noodle soup. Desserts include ice cream - also served up in miniature toilet bowls.


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    Seat covers, anyone?


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    The conept of toilet-themed eateries has been successful in Taiwan.
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    Gotta stay on this story

    Must post all 23 of these public bathrooms here...

    Photo of the Day: This camera-shaped toilet in Chongqing



    This camera-shaped toilet built in the Jiulongpo district of Chongqing is just one of various inexplicably-themed public bathrooms that will be erected in the area to 'represent cultural and economic characteristics' of Jiulongpo. Eh, why not.

    The project will include 23 toilets resembling animals, cameras, computers and Transformers designed by the Environmental Art Department of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute.

    Better on the outside than the inside, I guess.
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    Can't wait to see the transformers toilet. Make that happen.

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    I know, right?

    Don't worry, Syn7. As soon as I find anything, I'm posting it here.

    Until that time...
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    wait...what?

    I don't believe this. Need pic.
    Public toilets get a trendy face-lift
    Updated: 2014-04-29 04:45
    By Yan Yiqi in Hangzhou (China Daily)

    A park in Zhejiang province is drawing some worldwide attention for the design of its public toilets, which made it onto a list of the world's 10 best.
    Each compartment features a window on the top to ensure good ventilation and privacy.
    "You'd feel let down if the public toilets at an architecture park weren't suitably striking in their design. Thankfully, the ones at the Jinhua Architecture Park don't disappoint. These stylish concrete loos aim at providing that rarest of things, privacy in a public toilet," said design website Design Curial.
    The toilets, which were built in 2007, rank ninth on the list. The others are from Japan, Switzerland, Poland, New Zealand and the United States.
    Xu Tiantian, one of the designers, said privacy, which used to be neglected in the design of public toilets in China, is exactly what they were concerned about most. "Easily reproducible, the bending tube shape ensures protection and privacy, as well as functional requirements such as ventilation and natural lighting, without interrupting the connection between user and park," Xu said.
    Kong Hanbing, a professor at College of Public Administration of Zhejiang University, said major cities have been focusing on improving public sanitation facilities in recent years.
    "Construction of public toilets has been in full speed in many Chinese cities, especially during the preparation for the 2008 Beijing Olympics," she said.
    "Before that, most public toilets in China were smelly. The situation has improved a lot through both the number of public toilets and their environment."
    The number of public toilets in Beijing grew to more than 12,000 in 2013 from 2,200 in 2005.
    Kong said that the focus now is to provide a nicer sanitation environment.
    "Governments tend to use materials that can prevent graffiti and are waterproof," she said.
    According to the World Health Organization's annual report on sanitation and drinking water, 65 percent of China's population had access to improved sanitation facilities by 2011. In 2000, the figure was 45 percent.
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    ****gate & poop protest

    **** Gate trickles on as Hong Kongers hold poop protest



    Well this is just unfortunate. A group of Hong Kongers have been spotted holding a fake-poop protest in anger over last week's public peeing incident in their city. This display might slightly undermine the HK'ers "we have good manners and mainlanders don't" argument.



    Hong Kong's commerce secretary has called for locals to "help educate mainlanders in good manners," and to show understanding and respect for mainland tourists. That probably means "don't gather a crowd to watch you pretend to **** on Mao," but who knows.



    These photos were originally uploaded to Weibo but have been taken down (gasp! Anything to protect the feelings of the Chinese people). Stay classy, Hong Kong.
    Such is the cultural divide between HK & PRC...
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    What a horrible way to check out

    And all for a cell phone. So tragic.
    Two die in cesspit after a woman drops her phone into toilet
    PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 May, 2014, 2:54pm
    UPDATED : Friday, 30 May, 2014, 6:12pm
    Stephen Chen binglin.chen@scmp.com


    A relative of the victims is overwhelmed with grief at the scene of the tragedy. Photo: sohu.com

    Two people died and three were injured after wading into a cesspool's knee-deep filth in an attempt to retrieve a woman's mobile phone and rescue those who fainted.

    The two fatalities were the woman's husband and mother-in-law, a local newspaper reported.

    The tragedy unfolded after the young woman in Xinxiang city, Henan, accidentally dropped her brand new phone into a cesspit when she went to the open-pit toilet on Wednesday, according to local newspaper Dahe Daily.

    Her husband jumped in to find the 2,000-yuan (HK$2,510) phone but he could not breathe and soon lost consciousness.

    Then, the husband's mother jumped in to save him but she, too, soon lost consciousness. In panic, the young woman followed and suffered the same fate.

    Seeing his family lying helpless in waste, her father-in-law called to neighbours for help.

    When they arrived, the old man also entered the cesspit but could not get out while two neighbours who jumped inside fainted.

    “The smell was too strong. I lost consciousness before I could see anything,” said a neighbour.

    Other villagers found a rope and tied it on rescuers who, taking turns, pulled six people out of the pit.

    The husband and mother-in-law died in hospital while the woman and a neighbour remained in the intensive care unit. The father-in-law was also injured.

    The woman and her husband had a one-year-old son.

    Villagers said the victims were in the pit – which was knee deep in waste –for no more than five minutes.

    A hospital doctor said the victims suffocated.

    Villagers said the dead victims had pulses after being pulled out but the ambulance did not arrive for more than an hour.
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    a game changer

    i'll believe this when i smell it.

    Bacteria that 'eats' odour could bring end to smelly toilets in China



    Researchers have found bacteria that feeds off human waste and eliminates odour, creating a possible solution to a persistent problem
    PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 July, 2014, 5:23am
    UPDATED : Monday, 07 July, 2014, 5:47pm

    Mainland researchers have found a bacteria that feeds off human waste and eliminates odour, creating a possible solution to bad smell in public toilets. Photo: AFP

    Mainland scientists have developed a "bioweapon" that can wipe out the notorious bad smell in public toilets.

    Up to 75 per cent of the odour can be removed, with the rest suppressed by a natural, pleasant fragrance, according to researchers with the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

    The magic is mainly done by bacteria in the Lactobacillus family, which is used in the production of yogurt, cheese, beer and chocolate.

    Lactobacillus feeds on human waste, releasing lactic acid that eliminates the growth of most odour-making bacteria.

    The technology can be applied in either liquid or power form, and it is cheap. A half-litre bottle costs about 20 yuan (HK$25) and it can be used to treat several toilets as the bacteria grows rapidly on waste.

    The "smell-free toilet" study was highlighted on the academy's website last month as offering an "ultimate" cure to an "urgent" national issue.

    Dr Yan Zhiying, a bacteriologist with the academy's Chengdu Institute of Biology and lead scientist on the project, said tourists in Sichuan province would be the first to benefit from the technology.

    The province is home to numerous tourist attractions, including the Jiuzhai Valley National Park, which plans to introduce the smell-killing germs to its public toilets.

    "They will get a refreshing experience," Yan said.

    The poor sanitation in most public toilets on the mainland has been a nightmare for many people at home and from abroad.

    Many toilets in less developed areas of the mainland do not flush and waste can be left for months, if not years.

    To further reduce odour, the team has also researched introducing yeast, which feeds on nitrogen, and bacteria that can produce a pleasant aroma.

    The research team spent years isolating micro-organisms from human and pig intestines, where conditions were regarded as more or less similar to a waste pit.

    More than 100 possible candidates emerged, all of which were studied and tested in the real world.

    Yan said that the technology could be applied to any place with smelly organic waste, such as animal farms or urban dump yards. A major landfill site in Guangzhou had already contacted the team about using the technology.

    If the technology is applied nationwide, the institute is able to produce 1,200 tonnes of the powder a year.

    But the method only works in certain conditions. For instance, the bacteria thrives in temperatures of 26 degrees Celsius or above, so it cannot be used in unheated toilets in winter.

    The micro-organisms also needed food to survive, Yan said.

    "The effect will be limited in a flush toilet. The more waste in a toilet, the better the result," he said.
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    harsh

    very harsh.

    very China.


    Hangzhou primary school has 740 students and teachers, but only one bathroom




    When you got to go; you got to go. Unless, your primary school somehow has just one bathroom for the entire freaking school, then you have to wait in line behind 200 other frantic kids before you can go.

    That's the current situation at one primary school in Hangzhou, according to China Youth International. When the bell rings to end class it's a race to see who can get an open stall or at least a place in line within sight of the bathroom entrance. Teachers take shifts to keep order in the line, which sometimes can stretch to 200 kids who all really need to use the bathroom.

    Kids have adapted and don't dare try to go to the bathroom during the 10 minute break between classes unless it's an emergency. Many even say that they are too scared to drink water during school.

    The four-floor building was built in the 1980s and planned to only support the bathroom needs of 12 classes of primary students. Now, the school has 20 classes and a serious problem on their hands. China Youth International reports that the local government is aware of the problem and plans to solve it soon by building bathroom extensions on each floor. But, we wouldn't suggest holding your breath or anything else.

    It can turn into an entrepreneurial opportunity for people who live in the area.



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    Waste cesspit blast in Hunan

    Waste cesspit blast in Hunan province injures 15



    A total of 15 residents were injured and an entire building collapsed when a cesspool filled with excrement exploded in Zhangjiajie city of Hunan province on Saturday. No casualties have been reported in the incident, thankfully, but we imagine the foul aftermath of the scene has left nearby residents suffering.

    Police investigating the case in the city's Yongdang district believe that the blast was triggered when a man surnamed Ding was burning waste outside an abandoned house near the cesspool around 5:00 p.m., according to CRI. They say the fire ignited methane that was emanating from the pit.

    One whole residential building collapsed due to the intensity of the blast, and four others were damaged. Residents wounded in the explosion are now being treated at a hospital.
    That's gotta be so harsh.
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    I want a tuhaojin

    And here I've been thinking that Chinese Theme Parks were a barometer of their economic growth.

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    December 8, 2014 12:11 pm
    China’s potty past has been flushed away
    Patti Waldmeir in Shanghai



    A golden tale of toilets conjures up a symbol of development as potent as rule of law punditry

    From the outside it looks like an art gallery. But this is a gallery of toilets, brought to the residents of Shanghai by Roca, the Spanish bathroom people. It has loos disguised as stacks of books and conveniences that flush with grey water from the sink. The best seller is a sleek commode designed by a former Audi stylist, with a leather seat made by the people who supply BMW with motorcycle perches.

    The best-selling colours? A striking deep red, viewed as lucky, and a deliciously understated champagne gold known as tuhaojin, or “nouveau riche gold”. Roca’s China manager says the tuhaojin toilet became popular after Apple launched a golden iPhone in China last year. “People apparently wanted a toilet like their iPhone,” he says.

    Nothing would be easier than to caricature China’s golden water closets as symbols of a civilisation in decline. But that’s not what I see in them. Because development is always, when it comes right down to it, about just such everyday intimacies: is the loo half a football field away or right next to the bedroom? Does it reek or sit there quietly conserving water? Does it open automatically, play music and let you trade stocks from the comfort of its heated surface? Proper pundits mutter darkly about rule of law and universal suffrage, shadow banking and debt defaults. But I prefer to tell a tale of toilets.

    When I first came to live in China in 2008, mainland loos said “developing country” loud and clear. On our first train journey, to the home town of my then eight-year-old adopted Chinese daughter Grace, the rail car’s potty ponged so much that we could not stomach our picnic.

    But very soon all that began to change. The train loos stopped stinking. Prefabricated stainless steel commodes showed up on all newer rolling stock, complete with staff to sluice them down at regular intervals. The only odour on Chinese trains these days is freshly brewed coffee from the dining car.

    Closer to home, there was “Pipi Road”, the nickname we gave to the lane just next to our house, where dozens of Shanghai taxi drivers would every day choose to relieve themselves, after dining at one of the neighbourhood dumpling emporia. The stench nearly put me off moving there in the first place. In winter the wet patches froze and in summer they steamed.

    And then one morning, a spanking new government porta-potty turned up on Pipi Road. It was staffed from 5am to 10pm every day by a government sanitation worker charged with keeping it smelling like a Swiss meadow. Who said you need democracy to have responsive government? I can’t think of anything more responsive than putting a public convenience where it’s needed. Pipi Road has had to be rechristened.

    Even motorway service areas have done their bit for the toilet uprising. On a long bus journey back in 2011 I withdrew to a loo on one of eastern China’s newest superhighways, to find a room with one long ceramic trough for use by all females in need. But on a family road trip on the same motorway last month I found stalls with doors, and even loo roll. Travelling in China just isn’t what it used to be.

    Back at the Roca bathroom gallery, the marketing manager Guillem Pages Giralt says he’s seen big changes in how private customers buy water closets too: “Five years ago a customer would just come in and say ‘which is your most expensive toilet’.” That doesn’t happen any more, he says, though Chinese shoppers do like to lie down in Roca’s bathtubs or sit on its commodes for 20 minutes or so before buying, “to make sure it doesn’t hurt the back of their legs”. But the sheer fact that they have 20 minutes (and up to Rmb30,000, or $4,900) to spend making a loo purchase is good news in itself, surely. Only those who no longer worry about the necessities of life can take the time to worry about buying golden ones.

    So call me puerile, and unworthy of the pundit’s pen for pointing it out, but this is the stuff that revolutions are really made of. In my six-plus years in Shanghai, China has undergone an economic, social, cultural and technological transformation, in the water closet. A trifle, in the grand sweep of history. But it’s the trifles that count.
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    slightly OT

    but totally irresistible for posting here

    Toilet slides and turd hats: welcome to Tokyo’s crappiest exhibition
    Scott R Dixon 7 hours ago



    Imagine crowds of Japanese families donning poop-shaped plush hats and sliding into a huge toilet. No, this isn’t a scene from a dream brought on by a questionable bowl of ramen, this is just one of the many surreal exhibits from a Tokyo educational expo that organizers hoped would inspire visitors to “gain an increased appreciation of toilets.”

    The exhibition, called Toilet!? Human Waste & Earth’s Future, unfortunately finished its three-month run at the National Musuem of Emerging Science and Innovation in Odaiba in October. Visitors to the exhibition were greeted by disturbingly cute poop mascots, such as a “feces ambassador” and a character named Wipey who “loves flushing everything.”

    ▼ Meet Toire-no-suke, Britto (whose yellow color is representative of healthy bowels) and Pritney, who was recently “shocked to learn of her intestinal age”


    Image: Miraikan

    Lucky visitors to the exhibition walked through different areas where they could learn all about how to evaluate your bowel health from looking at your feces, the best way to drop a deuce, and what happens to your number two once you flush it down. The visit ends with a catchy little number called “Thank a Toilet.”

    ▼ All aboard the world’s crappiest slide


    Image: Miraikan

    ▼ Listen to a preview of the newest hit “Thank a Toilet,” sure to be hitting the charts soon


    The whole idea behind the project is to demystify what goes on behind the bathroom door and have a more frank discussion about bowel health, sanitation and sewage-related environmental problems.

    ▼ Also, your toilet is not happy when you call it “dirty” and “stinky,” not appreciating its difficult job


    Image: Miraikan

    No word on whether this truly crappy exhibition will be making an encore performance or heading overseas anytime soon, but check out the video below to see some more of what we all missed at Toilet!? Human Waste & Earth’s Future.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a toilet to say thank you to.
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    Extra vid

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