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(New York Daily News)   U.N. declares November 19th as World Toilet Day. Yes, we've officially run out of things to celebrate   (nydailynews.com) divider line 26
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2013-07-27 09:07:51 AM  
And are they planning on distributing free rum to everyone with a birthday on 19 November?

If not... well that's just cruel.
 
2013-07-27 10:04:58 AM  
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I've got one of these. If you don't, you're a barbarian.
 
2013-07-27 10:22:17 AM  
World Toilet Bidet? What a crappy idea, you must be taking the piss.
 
2013-07-27 10:25:01 AM  
Mung Awareness Week begs to differ.
 
2013-07-27 10:28:56 AM  
Fark, no. Indoor plumbing and proper sanitation is one of the major advances of Western civilization. We should celebrate this every damn day. Just this morning I indulged in the luxury of grunting a deuce without flies thick in the reeking air around me, and when I was done my toilet whisked the offending material off to the water treatment plant for proper processing. And so far no one I know has died of typhoid fever, cholera or dysentery.
 
2013-07-27 10:55:13 AM  
The UN and toilets?  How appropriate.
 
2013-07-27 10:59:09 AM  
At 15:00 EST we all flush.
 
2013-07-27 11:00:40 AM  
Eh, fark the naysayers, transmissible diseases kill thousands of people a day in the third world, lack of access to proper toilets leaves them contaminating local water supplies, or leaving disease laden fecal matter near town where bugs and stuff just spread it to everyone in town. Toilets are a (necessarily) huge part of good sanitation and clean water, and attention should be given to the fact that millions of people in industrializing and third world nations don't have access to them.
 
2013-07-27 11:07:23 AM  

firefly212: Eh, fark the naysayers, transmissible diseases kill thousands of people a day in the third world, lack of access to proper toilets leaves them contaminating local water supplies, or leaving disease laden fecal matter near town where bugs and stuff just spread it to everyone in town. Toilets are a (necessarily) huge part of good sanitation and clean water, and attention should be given to the fact that millions of people in industrializing and third world nations don't have access to them.


Came here to say this.
 
2013-07-27 11:11:56 AM  
Lack of basic things like that still affect billions of people.  Just because you no longer need to worry about it in your life - that doesn't mean humanity has overcome such problems.  It's the UN, it doesn't only do things for the small percent of first world countries (or at least it shouldn't).
 
2013-07-27 11:24:38 AM  

theorellior: Fark, no. Indoor plumbing and proper sanitation is one of the major advances of Western civilization. We should celebrate this every damn day. Just this morning I indulged in the luxury of grunting a deuce without flies thick in the reeking air around me, and when I was done my toilet whisked the offending material off to the water treatment plant for proper processing. And so far no one I know has died of typhoid fever, cholera or dysentery.


So very this. Did a short study abroad in Cambodia a few years ago. I was thankful some of the "facilities" were poorly lit.
I'm not saying everyone must have a toilet, but I am thankful for the ones I have access to.
 
2013-07-27 11:36:38 AM  
dilettantegrrl:

theorellior: Fark, no. Indoor plumbing and proper sanitation is one of the major advances of Western civilization. We should celebrate this every damn day. Just this morning I indulged in the luxury of grunting a deuce without flies thick in the reeking air around me, and when I was done my toilet whisked the offending material off to the water treatment plant for proper processing. And so far no one I know has died of typhoid fever, cholera or dysentery.

So very this. Did a short study abroad in Cambodia a few years ago. I was thankful some of the "facilities" were poorly lit.
I'm not saying everyone must have a toilet, but I am thankful for the ones I have access to.


Oh dear sweet FSM, I hate squat toilets. And I'm a guy.

I've trekked in Asia. You know you've got first-world problems the first time you see a sign on a school that proudly proclaims that this is an "Open defecation free zone" and lists the NGO that allowed their children to not have to crap in the woods.
 
2013-07-27 11:52:25 AM  
Come to think of it, it's not just a third world thing. My Grandma grew up in Appalachia during the Great Depression... She could tell you all about the joys of a "two-holer" outhouse, which is just what it sounds like.

For my own part, my family moved to a farm during the early '70s. One of the first things Dad did was knock down and fill in the outhouse... Then we found out *why* there was still an outhouse. It turned out that the well had an unfortunate tendency to run dry every August.

You can save drinking, cooking and hand-washing water in coolers. You can even take sponge-baths for a month. But there are only so many things you can do with poop in August.
 
2013-07-27 12:11:46 PM  
AlanSmithee:

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I've got one of these. If you don't, you're a barbarian.


I had a few hours to kill in Narita airport waiting for a flight, and actually wandered around from bathroom to bathroom looking for a Japanese Robo-Toilet. I figured they had to have one *somewhere.* Turns out they did.

It was great. Like being in the command chair of your own little spaceship. I now know the universal sign language symbols for "heiny douche" and "heiny blow dry."

Not something I'd spend thousands of dollars for to have in my house, but one of those things you just have to try once.
 
2013-07-27 12:40:26 PM  
Should of been "Clean Your Toilet Day".
 
2013-07-27 12:40:39 PM  
Yesterday was Sysadmin Day.  Toilet Day is a step up.
 
2013-07-27 01:43:45 PM  
If you've had to spend much (or any) time using an outhouse, you'll realize that the inventor of the toilet should have been canonized. Similarly, if you've ever had to wash your clothes by hand, the washing machine looks less like a useful appliance and more like divine manna sent to aid the sufferer. That being said, I doubt I'll be mentioning to my mother-in-law that her birthday is now World Toilet Day.
 
2013-07-27 01:50:36 PM  
What's your beef with toilets  subby?
 
2013-07-27 04:55:01 PM  
So, the 19th is going to be when the Tea Party brings their crap back out on the street to protest, right?
 
2013-07-27 05:06:45 PM  
Also, the universal sign language symbol for heiny is "UU"
 
2013-07-27 06:27:42 PM  
 There are some places in the world that need to take the toilet,sewage system and water treatment concepts
to heart. Many of the littoral ills of some places could be solved with something as simple as a sewer system
and some basic water filtering. London is the perfect example. When London closed over ditches and
began piping sewage and waste, they problems of cholera and stink disappeared. They did this in the
1850's.
 
2013-07-27 06:44:06 PM  
As someome with IBD I will celebrate toilet day!
 
2013-07-27 08:02:20 PM  
Mr. Shabooboo:

There are some places in the world that need to take the toilet,sewage system and water treatment concepts
to heart. Many of the littoral ills of some places could be solved with something as simple as a sewer system
and some basic water filtering. London is the perfect example. When London closed over ditches and
began piping sewage and waste, they problems of cholera and stink disappeared. They did this in the
1850's.

Again, it's a question of first world problems vs. finding out how the other 6 billion people live.

Like looking out a window in a guarded hotel in Dehli and seeing this:

i40.tinypic.com

I dunno where the water for those two black tanks comes from, probably pirated. And then you zoom back a little bit...

i43.tinypic.com
 
2013-07-27 10:31:20 PM  
Say what you will, subby, but the number one thing that pretty much everyone takes for granted (until they don't have it anymore) is the ability to poop comfortably.
 
2013-07-28 01:11:09 AM  

Strolpol: Say what you will, subby, but the number one thing that pretty much everyone takes for granted (until they don't have it anymore) is the ability to poop comfortably.


You may poop comfortably..But everyone that has to step around  or smell it  on the way to poop..
Not so comfortable.

/poop
// poop thread
 
2013-07-28 06:38:35 AM  
North Korea wants our toilets?
 
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