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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
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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?
 
2013-03-22 06:10:39 PM  
I know more than six people with cell phones
 
2013-03-22 06:12:53 PM  
I've noticed this in Haiti. Everyone has a cellphone, even those who live in shantytowns, tent cities or slums.
 
2013-03-22 06:17:43 PM  
Has anyone pointed out that more than six people have cell phones yet?
 
2013-03-22 06:17:46 PM  

Happy Hours: 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


That reminds me of

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

"Toilet oot ay order." SFW. The bit with the orange makes it perfect.

whistleridge: 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:


ISTR reading that is some parts of subsaharan Africa, pay as you go credits are used for money transfers. It's quite resourceful. If you need to send money to someone, you text them the code for mobile phone credit for the amount. It's quick, easy and only costs the price of a single text message. The recipient can then either redeem the code or send it along as payment to someone else. This is also evolving in Kenya and other countries where banks now offer account transfers to be made via text for customers without internet or a local branch. The cashless society of the future is coming quickly, and it's happening in Africa. Which may explain why some people may need a mobile and still be pissing in a ditch.

I've also read that in Cameroon, beer bottle caps with contest prize winners are also traded as a de facto currency.
 
2013-03-22 06:27:57 PM  

Fano: 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?


In Chicago, they call open defecation "Cubs baseball"
 
2013-03-22 06:32:16 PM  
Schmutzdecke!
 
2013-03-22 06:34:36 PM  

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


Wanna hear about what I did drop in the toilet?
 
2013-03-22 06:41:42 PM  
230,000,000 girls and 1 cup?
 
2013-03-22 06:42:51 PM  

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


Don't judge my lifestyle.
 
2013-03-22 06:43:21 PM  

scottydoesntknow: I'm pretty sure there's an app for that...


Microsoft is just trying to back their way into that problem
 
2013-03-22 06:46:48 PM  
I have a toilet, but have never owned a cellphone. Go figure.
 
2013-03-22 07:16:44 PM  

olddinosaur: 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)


Come on now, you expect the lazy, semi-literate 'journalist' who wrote this to actually take the time to READ what he has casually tap-tap-tapped? No more pay for drafting what you write now, is there? Why bother to preview? Just spit it out to the equally slothful, dim-witted 'editor' (actually a layout guy, just trimming and fitting whatever comes out of the pipe, then flipping it to the reader) and voila you have some filler to space out the ads with.

Do I sound aggrieved? Naw, it's just that I respect the language and want to see it used well. Now if you will kindly remove yourself from my lawn, I have some target practice to do.
 
2013-03-22 07:25:03 PM  
You can find plans to build a rudimentary plumbing system on the internet, which you can access with your smart phone.

I have never seen plans for a rudimentary telephone come out of a toilet.
 
2013-03-22 07:32:33 PM  

Mayhem of the Black Underclass: I have never seen plans for a rudimentary telephone come out of a toilet.


I saw two coconut halves and some string once, but I thought it was best not to ask questions.
 
2013-03-22 08:02:49 PM  

ricewater_stool: 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.


...especially if you enjoy rape.
 
2013-03-22 08:24:07 PM  

GreenAdder: Mayhem of the Black Underclass: I have never seen plans for a rudimentary telephone come out of a toilet.

I saw two coconut halves and some string once, but I thought it was best not to ask questions.


A swallow was transporting that for some British king...
 
2013-03-22 08:51:50 PM  

Gordon Bennett: That reminds me of

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

"Toilet oot ay order." SFW. The bit with the orange makes it perfect.


I have no idea why Caca Rocka would have reminded you of that. Sometimes I love British humor, but sometimes it falls on its face and I have no idea why they did that and the scene you linked is one of those.

I know, rule 34 and all, but personally I don't find anything regarding pissing or shiating to be a turn on in the least. This is why most bathrooms have doors that can be closed. And I don't find it humorous either.

And I'm already anticipating the backlash. I posted a link to a song about a guy who needed to take a shiat and the only thing around was a pay toilet that required a dime, but he only had 3 cents. That's a far cry from someone watching someone else take a shiat.

Whatever happened to pay toilets anyway? Were they ruled unconstitutional or something? Did people steal all the dimes and make it uneconomical? I haven't seen a pay toilet since the early '70s
 
2013-03-22 09:00:08 PM  
I *knew* there the only Fark-related picture I have of myself was taken in front of a third-world outhouse!

This is actually once of the nicest I've ever seen. Well constructed, nice view, 500 liters of flushing, and if you look close to the lower-right, yes, a dope patch.

i45.tinypic.com
 
2013-03-22 09:01:42 PM  

Gordon Bennett: "Toilet oot ay order." SFW. The bit with the orange makes it perfect.


And no, that was not safe for work either. Just because there's no nudity and no "offensive" language does not mean a video is safe for work.

If I had clicked on it at work, I would have nervously looked around and hope no one else noticed. If I had seen someone who I managed play that video I would have said they shouldn't be watching shait like that at work.
 
2013-03-22 09:03:14 PM  
The Daily Fail is full of shiat, again.  There is no way 6 out of 7 billion people have mobile phones.  More than a billion live on 1 or 2 dollars a day.

Some people have more than one.
 
2013-03-22 09:04:05 PM  
Er... "there was a reason for."

/ have failed to edit at least twice today.
 
2013-03-22 09:54:52 PM  

Happy Hours: Gordon Bennett: "Toilet oot ay order." SFW. The bit with the orange makes it perfect.

And no, that was not safe for work either. Just because there's no nudity and no "offensive" language does not mean a video is safe for work.

If I had clicked on it at work, I would have nervously looked around and hope no one else noticed. If I had seen someone who I managed play that video I would have said they shouldn't be watching shait like that at work.


That's a pretty granular internet usage policy you've got in that workplace of yours. Someone must have put some time into it.
 
2013-03-22 10:13:47 PM  
On a lighter note, the phrase "No Soap, Radio" originated in the early depression years when a door to door survey revealed that although 4 in 5 American households had a radio, most did not have soap.
 
2013-03-22 10:23:27 PM  
Can you hear me pooping in the middle of the road now?
 
2013-03-22 10:29:49 PM  
Just think, if it wasn't for cell phones they wouldn't have discovered how many people didn't have toilets. No one thought to examine the problem before cellphones? And how is the data collected or determined? Let's say we have one toilet in our house and we have three people; do each of us "have" a toilet? Does my grandson "have" a toilet? What about communes or other group living areas? How is the toilet to person ratio figured? Statistics are always a fun topic for discussion. 64% have toilets sounds better than "only 4.5 billion have toilets." And wouldn't you think that fifty years ago that the percentage was a lot lower? I bet it is actually getting better all the time. Heck, this is a positive story!
 
2013-03-22 10:45:07 PM  
The Post Productive Economy and if the economic growth of the last 250 years is to be unique episode in the human experience.

http://faculty-web.at.northwestern.edu/economics/gordon/Is%20US%20Ec on omic%20Growth%20Over.pdf

http://www.kk.org/thetechnium/archives/2013/01/the_post-produc.php
 
2013-03-22 11:19:13 PM  

DownDaRiver: Way to go India!
You just had to bring the rest of us down.


"India alone accounts for 60 per cent of the number of people who practice open defecation."

I knew India was a shiathole.
 
2013-03-22 11:23:56 PM  

maxheck: I *knew* there the only Fark-related picture I have of myself was taken in front of a third-world outhouse!

This is actually once of the nicest I've ever seen. Well constructed, nice view, 500 liters of flushing, and if you look close to the lower-right, yes, a dope patch.

[i45.tinypic.com image 640x688]


Yeah, but you have to rappel down to the door! And look what it's done to your face!
 
2013-03-22 11:48:49 PM  
Gyrfalcon:

maxheck: I *knew* there the only Fark-related picture I have of myself was taken in front of a third-world outhouse!

This is actually once of the nicest I've ever seen. Well constructed, nice view, 500 liters of flushing, and if you look close to the lower-right, yes, a dope patch.

[i45.tinypic.com image 640x688]

Yeah, but you have to rappel down to the door! And look what it's done to your face!


The strangest thing about my appearance?

In Japanese porn, my weener appears in fully-detailed high-definition.

dunno how that happens.
 
2013-03-22 11:49:27 PM  
I don't believe that six out seven people on the planet have mobile phone.  I know American adults who don't and I suspect that situation of more common in the third world.  And as it is there are two billion kids on this planets.    How many five-year olds have cell phones?  How many five-year olds in poverty in the third world have them?

Hint: Some people have multiple phones -- some of them rotting away in some drawer -- and thus there are far more than a billion people without mobile phones.

/I will ignore the horribly worded headline, We all figured out what they meant anyways.
 
2013-03-23 02:18:12 AM  

cgraves67: 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.


Yea and it isn't so fun when we all have cholera and dysentery and our reservoirs and crop fields are contaminated. Oh, and all the microorganisms and eventually all the fish in your water die. The nitrogen adds up and kills plants.

CallMeGomer: Just think, if it wasn't for cell phones they wouldn't have discovered how many people didn't have toilets. No one thought to examine the problem before cellphones? And how is the data collected or determined? Let's say we have one toilet in our house and we have three people; do each of us "have" a toilet? Does my grandson "have" a toilet? What about communes or other group living areas? How is the toilet to person ratio figured? Statistics are always a fun topic for discussion. 64% have toilets sounds better than "only 4.5 billion have toilets." And wouldn't you think that fifty years ago that the percentage was a lot lower? I bet it is actually getting better all the time. Heck, this is a positive story!


I don't get this either. WTF does "have a toilet" mean? If I poop in a bucket, but later throw it in a river, do I have a toilet? If I throw it in a landfill then is *that* a toilet? If it does go to a treatment plant but they don't have disinfection, is that a toilet? What if it goes to a treatment plant but nobody checks to make sure they treat it right, is that a toilet?
 
2013-03-23 06:20:58 AM  
Just look at the cost of the average basic mobile phone compared with the price of the average toilet...
 
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  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.

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