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(Daily Mail)   Six of the world's seven billion people have mobile phones but only 4.5 billion have a toilet, according to a U.N. report. Can you (flushing sound) me now?   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 82
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2013-03-22 01:48:48 PM
On the bright side, their chances of dropping their phone into the toilet are zero.
 
2013-03-22 01:55:44 PM
I'm pretty sure there's an app for that...
 
2013-03-22 01:58:28 PM

bingethinker: On the bright side, their chances of dropping their phone into the toilet are zero.


You make a very good point there... Never done it myself, but have known a couple of friends that have.

My worst cellphone dunking occurred due to dozing off in the bath while reading online
 
2013-03-22 02:02:26 PM

dopekitty74: bingethinker: On the bright side, their chances of dropping their phone into the toilet are zero.

You make a very good point there... Never done it myself, but have known a couple of friends that have.

My worst cellphone dunking occurred due to dozing off in the bath while reading online


Never dropped the cellphone there but I have lost a bluetooth that way
 
2013-03-22 02:40:32 PM
I think more than 6 people in the world have mobile phones.

I've got 3 toilets. If anyone needs to use one make me an offer and I might let you use one.

Just be forewarned. You don't get no shiat for just 3 cents
 
2013-03-22 02:40:35 PM
While I would rather have a functioning sewer system than a functioning cellular system as a whole, I personally would gladly trade my own toilet for my iPhone. I'd rather have the phone - going outside to take a shiat isn't that big a deal.
 
2013-03-22 02:58:33 PM
Picture caption: "Around 14million people in China, pictured, do not have access to a toilet but there are an estimated 986million mobile phones registered"

I counted. there were a lot less than 14million people in that photo.

Also, that statement is not very clear. Saying that 14 M don't have poopers but there are 986 M phones in the country doesn't tie it together.
 
2013-03-22 03:37:30 PM
Way to go India!
You just had to bring the rest of us down.

/filthy place
 
2013-03-22 03:59:36 PM
Only six people have cells phones?  Boy do I feel special!
 
2013-03-22 04:09:48 PM

DownDaRiver: /filthy place


I find Indian culture fascinating. The music, the fashions, all of it. I've never met a native Indian who wasn't absurdly friendly. And MAN, am I ever a hardcore Indian food addict.

But there's just no way in any of nine fresh hells I'd ever go to India on purpose. All I ever see when I see pictures or footage of the place is filthy water, nonexistent sanitation, chokingly large clouds of dust, and slums upon slums upon slums.

CSB:

I have a friend who used to be a Microsoft tech in Seattle. And he went to Mumbai to train a satellite tech-support location. M$ put him up in the nicest four-star hotel in town, a place strictly designed to cater to Western tourists. They even had beef on the menu at the restaurant.

But, to hear my buddy tell it, the signs that were up in his bathroom telling him not to drink the water were completely superfluous. Because when you turned on the taps, the stuff that came out was apparently the color of apple juice, and smelled like raw sewage.

By day 2 he was sponge-bathing in the sink with bottles of Dasani he'd bought at the corner shop.

/CSB
 
2013-03-22 04:10:32 PM
Having lived in the African bush, I can very easily believe this.

All you need to have a cell phone is a company willing to put up a tower, someone selling cheap Chinese knockoff phones, pre-paid minutes purchaseable on lottery-type rub off cards, and someone with a solar panel who runs a charging business:

www.ermfoundation-lcef.com

To have a toilet, you need things like actual infrastructure, and running water, and engineers, etc
 
2013-03-22 04:11:15 PM
You gotta be flushing me.
 
2013-03-22 04:16:08 PM
Problem: The U.N. says emerging economies such as Brazil, pictured, account for 80 per cent of open defecation

i.dailymail.co.uk

Happy Olympics everybody!
 
2013-03-22 04:23:32 PM

bighairyguy: Only six people have cells phones?  Boy do I feel special!


Well, if you have one, and my family has four... who's got the other one?
 
2013-03-22 04:27:42 PM

downstairs: bighairyguy: Only six people have cells phones?  Boy do I feel special!

Well, if you have one, and my family has four... who's got the other one?


I guess it's me.

We should all totally call each other.
 
2013-03-22 04:29:50 PM
They just need to work on Flush Over IP technology.
 
2013-03-22 04:30:54 PM

GreenAdder: They just need to work on Flush Over IP technology.


Interestingly, I'll bet "FoIP" would be the noise it made, too.
 
2013-03-22 04:36:18 PM

MaxxLarge: DownDaRiver: /filthy place

I find Indian culture fascinating. The music, the fashions, all of it. I've never met a native Indian who wasn't absurdly friendly. And MAN, am I ever a hardcore Indian food addict.

But there's just no way in any of nine fresh hells I'd ever go to India on purpose. All I ever see when I see pictures or footage of the place is filthy water, nonexistent sanitation, chokingly large clouds of dust, and slums upon slums upon slums.

CSB:

I have a friend who used to be a Microsoft tech in Seattle. And he went to Mumbai to train a satellite tech-support location. M$ put him up in the nicest four-star hotel in town, a place strictly designed to cater to Western tourists. They even had beef on the menu at the restaurant.

But, to hear my buddy tell it, the signs that were up in his bathroom telling him not to drink the water were completely superfluous. Because when you turned on the taps, the stuff that came out was apparently the color of apple juice, and smelled like raw sewage.

By day 2 he was sponge-bathing in the sink with bottles of Dasani he'd bought at the corner shop.

/CSB


I've been to India twice, going for the third time in two weeks. All three times to Kolkata. I've stayed in three western-style hotels there and all were extremely clean and the water was fine. Hell, one of the places (Oberoi Grand) is the nicest hotel I've seen anywhere in the entire world.

Everything outside the hotel is as you described. But once you get over the culture shock, it's pretty fun.
 
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2013-03-22 04:49:32 PM
In America it used to be more people had televisions than phones. How many people in the world have TV? Yes, I'm too lazy to google.
 
2013-03-22 04:56:21 PM
So now Fark allows Poop threads?

I'm starting one immediately.
 
2013-03-22 05:04:29 PM
That's because 2.5 billion live in a toilet, or something that could easily qualify as one.

ie. Cleveland.
 
2013-03-22 05:04:53 PM

DamnYankees: While I would rather have a functioning sewer system than a functioning cellular system as a whole, I personally would gladly trade my own toilet for my iPhone. I'd rather have the phone - going outside to take a shiat isn't that big a deal.


Till everybody trades their toilet for a phone and goes outside to shiat. It does pile up.
 
2013-03-22 05:07:17 PM
Remember this the next time you hear an old person yammering about the poor and their luxurious mobile phones.
 
2013-03-22 05:10:03 PM
We welcome the best players in the world to the Defacation Open.
 
2013-03-22 05:10:37 PM
What's worse - having no toilet at all or having an AT&T toilet that drops service right in the middle of things?
 
2013-03-22 05:12:36 PM

dabbletech: What's worse - having no toilet at all or having an AT&T toilet that drops service right in the middle of things?


Drop a call in your car, or drop a deuce in your backyard.

Hmmm...
 
2013-03-22 05:13:37 PM
Well, if only 6 of the world's 7 billion people have cell phones, what are the other 6,999,999,994 talking on?

(Obvious)
 
2013-03-22 05:14:49 PM

MaxxLarge: dabbletech: What's worse - having no toilet at all or having an AT&T toilet that drops service right in the middle of things?

Drop a call in your car, or drop a deuce in your backyard.

Hmmm...


What if they were reversed?
 
2013-03-22 05:22:39 PM

Walker: Problem: The U.N. says emerging economies such as Brazil, pictured, account for 80 per cent of open defecation


No shiat?
 
2013-03-22 05:24:12 PM

bighairyguy: Only six people have cells phones?  Boy do I feel special!


Only six people have cell phones, because they dropped them down their toilets.
 
2013-03-22 05:25:48 PM
Can't they just dig a hole and drop the poops into it
 
2013-03-22 05:26:13 PM
So, bascially the most signifcant and realitstic education in the world is a Communications Studies degree. Which is cool, I guess. Every other graduate of college is just bumblefarking through life a bit clueless.
 
2013-03-22 05:26:48 PM

SultanofSchwing: MaxxLarge: dabbletech: What's worse - having no toilet at all or having an AT&T toilet that drops service right in the middle of things?

Drop a call in your car, or drop a deuce in your backyard.

Hmmm...

What if they were reversed?


You'd be in India, I've heard...
 
2013-03-22 05:27:44 PM
My phone number is 2.
 
2013-03-22 05:29:33 PM

Bennie Crabtree: So, bascially the most signifcant and realitstic education in the world is a Communications Studies degree. Which is cool, I guess. Every other graduate of college is just bumblefarking through life a bit clueless.


Yeah an article like this really makes me wonder if getting my PhD in Pooping was all for nothing.
 
2013-03-22 05:30:54 PM
You can improvise a toilet.
 
2013-03-22 05:32:41 PM
Where do they take selfies if they have no bathrooms??
 
2013-03-22 05:34:17 PM
Walker:

Problem: The U.N. says emerging economies such as Brazil, pictured, account for 80 per cent of open defecation

There are efforts towards fixing that. I dunno what's to be done in Sao Paulo, but some of the UN and other NGO's efforts have convinced people in some places that proper outhouses make life a bit less... um... Shiatty.

What a typical school in the hill country of the hill country of Nepal might be proud of:

i47.tinypic.com
 
2013-03-22 05:34:37 PM

DamnYankees: While I would rather have a functioning sewer system than a functioning cellular system as a whole, I personally would gladly trade my own toilet for my iPhone. I'd rather have the phone - going outside to take a shiat isn't that big a deal.


I read somewhere that putting up the infrastructure for cell phones is very cheap and easy.
 
2013-03-22 05:34:39 PM

studebaker hoch: You can improvise a toilet.


Not so much. You can improvise a  latrine, but you still need infrastructure to carry the waste elsewhere. Matt Damon told me the flush toilet has saved more lives than any other invention. And he was in "Rounders."
 
2013-03-22 05:36:03 PM
These poor people need to get their story straight:  first they say they're starving and now they're saying they need toilets - for what?  There's nothing in there.

/nice try
 
2013-03-22 05:39:06 PM
Had trouble getting approved for a septic system and no funds for an aeration system, so I have a composting toilet and an outhouse.

/live in the US
//no cell service at home
///I'm getting a kick out of this thread...
 
2013-03-22 05:52:31 PM
Just because you have a shiatter doesn't mean you have to use it.  The tree out back is perfectly good for pissing on.  So is the sink.  Turds go in a bag that finds it's way onto the neighbor's porch.  While burning.

/I don't like my neighbors
//They're too religious for their own good
 
2013-03-22 05:54:36 PM
There's a lot of activists who oppose the idea of expanding flushing toilets into undeveloped countries. I sympathize with the argument concerning water usage but you've got to prioritize your problems. The local water is filthy because of poor sewage treatment. You're not going to clean it up till you have people controlling their poop.
 
2013-03-22 05:55:03 PM
One thing I hate is when someone is talking to me on the phone, and then I hear a flush.  For fark's sake, put the phone down in another room first. I'll wait.
 
2013-03-22 06:01:05 PM
Some 'Splainin' To Do:

DamnYankees: While I would rather have a functioning sewer system than a functioning cellular system as a whole, I personally would gladly trade my own toilet for my iPhone. I'd rather have the phone - going outside to take a shiat isn't that big a deal.

I read somewhere that putting up the infrastructure for cell phones is very cheap and easy.


Like any radio, if you put it high enough a cell tower can serve tens of thousands of people. Now try running pipes and wires to 10,000 individuals... Much more difficult and costly.

Not that I haven't seen it *tried* in the third world, mind you... But there are entire major cities that have reliable cell service, but only have running water and electricity certain hours of the day.
It's changing towards urbanization, but most people still live in places where it's easier to crap in their own rice / wheat / taro field than it is to find a bathroom.
 
2013-03-22 06:02:13 PM
So that makes 1.5 Billion people who can't browse the internet from the toilet? We're such a backwards race.
 
2013-03-22 06:06:59 PM
SultanofSchwing:
Yeah an article like this really makes me wonder if getting my PhD in Pooping was all for nothing.

I actually have a PhD in pooping.  Or dealing with it, rather.  My job is getting clean water and decent sanitation to people.  It is true that those who don't have the basic necessities of life do have mobile phones.
 
2013-03-22 06:08:37 PM
even girl scouts know how to dig a hole to cop a squat...
 
2013-03-22 06:09:47 PM

maxheck: Walker:

Problem: The U.N. says emerging economies such as Brazil, pictured, account for 80 per cent of open defecation

There are efforts towards fixing that. I dunno what's to be done in Sao Paulo, but some of the UN and other NGO's efforts have convinced people in some places that proper outhouses make life a bit less... um... Shiatty.

What a typical school in the hill country of the hill country of Nepal might be proud of:


Question: the other 20% of open defecation happens in 1st world countries?
 
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