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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 26
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2013-03-22 02:40:32 PM
3 votes:
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 05:34:17 PM
2 votes:
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 04:09:48 PM
2 votes:

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 03:59:36 PM
2 votes:
Only six people have cells phones?  Boy do I feel special!
2013-03-22 02:58:33 PM
2 votes:
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.
2013-03-23 06:20:58 AM
1 votes:
Just look at the cost of the average basic mobile phone compared with the price of the average toilet...
2013-03-23 02:18:12 AM
1 votes:

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?
2013-03-22 11:23:56 PM
1 votes:

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.

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Yeah, but you have to rappel down to the door! And look what it's done to your face!
2013-03-22 11:19:13 PM
1 votes:

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 09:00:08 PM
1 votes:
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 08:24:07 PM
1 votes:

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 07:25:03 PM
1 votes:
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 06:06:59 PM
1 votes:
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 06:01:05 PM
1 votes:
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 05:55:03 PM
1 votes:
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 05:39:06 PM
1 votes:
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 05:10:37 PM
1 votes:
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 05:07:17 PM
1 votes:
Remember this the next time you hear an old person yammering about the poor and their luxurious mobile phones.
2013-03-22 05:04:53 PM
1 votes:

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 04:30:54 PM
1 votes:

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 04:29:50 PM
1 votes:
They just need to work on Flush Over IP technology.
2013-03-22 04:16:08 PM
1 votes:
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 04:10:32 PM
1 votes:
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 03:37:30 PM
1 votes:
Way to go India!
You just had to bring the rest of us down.

/filthy place
2013-03-22 02:40:35 PM
1 votes:
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 01:48:48 PM
1 votes:
On the bright side, their chances of dropping their phone into the toilet are zero.
 
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