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A bathroom is a place of pleasure, a relaxing environment, but also fun; not only a place for bodily functions that can often be a starting point to address different topics, such as Science, Technology, Art, Design, and History. Without excluding hacks, viral phenomena, and more or less funny news.

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16 March 2023A video explains why and when poop creates splashback inside the toilet Poop can be a problem, especially in a public toilet. But whether you are at home or somewhere else, who hasn’t dealt with the sound and occasional embarrassment caused by toilet splashback? Now, you don’t have to anymore, because science discovered a solution. According to this article, the poop splash is brought on when your poop displaces water and creates air bubbles in liquid at the bottom of your toilet bowl. If you’ve ever spent time dropping objects into the water, you’ve undoubtedly worked this out. As there is nowhere for that air to escape, the pressure difference forces the water to slap back together. Depending on the size, shape, and angle of your poop, slapping back together is what causes water to shoot out of the bowl, producing impressive jets. If your poop hits the water at an angle, as most do, it can form a water jet higher than the original drop height, which means that your bum is about to be wet. Yet, the magnitude of the splashback is more affected by the size of the cavity that the poop creates in the water than by the kind of poop. The largest voids are really created by little, round poop that falls directly into the water, which results in the most splashback. In the video posted with this post, you can watch all of these experiments being conducted in slow motion. So how do you solve the issue? It all basically comes down to the water’s surface tension, which is determined by the force per unit length. Surface tension causes the water molecules at the surface of open water, like a toilet bowl, to “stick” together, almost like a film. This implies that when an object is thrown into the water’s surface, the outer layer pushes down and creates a void around it. We also know that such a void causes splashback. All you have to do to stop this splash is change the water’s surface tension. It sounds complicated, yet all you need is toilet paper, which is a straightforward and accessible item. [...]
13 March 2023The toilet manufacturer reintroduces their old advert with their new toilet For Kohler’s 150th anniversary, the toilet manufacturer company is offering a toilet model that is not just for your needs, but a standalone piece of art. The “Numi 2.0” toilet model, which costs approximately $10,000, is more like a Tesla than a regular porcelain throne. Its sleek, cubicle-style design and slightly mirrored back end replace the bulky tank that is typically present. Yet this new model offers more than simply aesthetic benefits. It features a built-in speaker, automated open and close functionality, and ambient colored lighting. The spaceship-shaped toilet in Allison Paladino’s primary bathroom’s otherwise calm Kips Bay Palm Beach showroom injected a touch of futuristic grandeur. Nonetheless, this model continues Kohler’s long tradition of transforming the toilet into what some people may consider a work of art. Similar to how they did for their “Toilet in the Road” advertising from 1981, Kohler, as explained here, hired photographer Douglas Friedman to capture the new toilet model for the launch. “I was intrigued by how the Numi looks like an art object. It’s unusual and striking and you don’t know what it is initially. It’s a beautiful thing. The way the light hits it, the texture of the form. It has movement and life”, Friedman explained. The red San Raphael model from Kohler can be seen in the previous advertising placed in the midst of a desolate road near Marfa, Texas. The advertising just shows a thin model wearing a reflective outfit, a long, twisting empty road, and picturesque scenery. A little more than 40 years later, Friedman and Kohler visit Marfa, Texas, with the same goal in mind: to present the royal flush as art. Friedman places Numi 2.0 in the center of a street in the city, which is also known as the mecca for minimalism pioneered by artist Donald Judd, in a manner reminiscent of the 1981 advertising campaign. Yet, there are a few glaring distinctions. While Friedman’s commercial was shot at dusk to better demonstrate Numi 2.0’s ambient lighting function, the earlier advertisement was shot in broad daylight. The original 1981 Kohler “Toilet in the Road” commercial, which portrayed a toilet as a work of art, helped the company reach new heights. “The only place ever considered was Marfa, Texas. It’s just so awkwardly beautiful”, Friedman says. “We were all so energized by being there, it was so inspiring to bring the crew there, engage the local talent and harness the power of Marfa, the home of minimalist art”. The outcome is striking and ought to fascinate anybody who are interested in technology, interior design, or anything that would make someone stop and think. Some people would describe it as an unnecessary home version or a fancy trash can. Some people would refer to it as modern art. [...]
9 March 2023Instructions included what to eat and how to behave before and after missions As reported in this article, it was difficult for the U-2 spy plane’s pilots to fly that long, sleek single-engine monster as it photographed the earth’s surface for the CIA at 70,000 feet. Because of the layout of the aircraft and the absence of a co-pilot, they frequently flew sorties lasting nine hours or longer. There was no toilet on board but pilots could use the “relief tube” to pee. However, it wasn’t enjoyable to endure passing gas odors or to sit in your own poop for so long. Thankfully, the CIA leaders thought of everything. To ensure that you didn’t need to poop or fart while in the air, they actually produced a guidebook with instructions on how to eat. The CIA started the U-2 Spy Program at the outset of the Cold War in the 1950s. While flying over China, the Soviet Union, and other communist nations, U-2 aircraft would take hundreds of pictures of the ground. The US spymasters used these images to learn more about how these Communist nations were developing their capacity to produce conventional weapons and their nuclear programs. This provided the Americans with crucial information that enabled them to guess at these nations’ intentions. These missions were closely monitored and kept under the tightest CIA control. They were also shrouded in the utmost secrecy. So tightly controlled that the CIA even gave their pilots specific orders for how to live their lives before and after missions. A copy of the recently declassified manual was acquired by Muckrock, a website that deals with freedom of information requests. They published the manual, which described the extent to which the CIA controlled its pilots’ lives. The guideline recommended that pilots get at least ten hours of sleep, engage in enjoyable activities with their families, play cards, or play chess, and engage in some light exercise, such as golf, gardening, volleyball, swimming, or swimming. Moreover, the CIA must have hired a dietitian to design a diet that would allow the pilot to consume all the food they wanted without having to pass any waste, and moreover, the body wouldn’t develop gas from it. There would be little to no poop or gas produced because this diet was heavy in protein but low in fiber. According to the instructions, the diet was required for pilots whose missions would last ten hours or longer and was highly recommended for pilots flying for six hours or less. The manual instructs pilots to start eating at least 24 hours before takeoff so that their gastrointestinal tracts would be practically empty when they faced nine hours in the cockpit. The diet page lists carbonated drinks, tea, and coffee as acceptable libations. Among the permitted foods were: foods like cream of wheat, macaroni, rice, and noodles; cottage cheese; gelatin, sherbet, angel cakes, sponge cakes, and sugar cookies are examples of desserts; any form of eggs besides fried; minimal quantities of cooked fruit; all types of meats, including poultry and seafood; soups such as clear broths; a daily allotment of only bland vegetables like potatoes and carrots; modest amounts of sweets like jelly and hard candy. The diet excluded items including spicy food, pickles, fruit, popcorn, whole grains, fatty meats like bacon, mackerel, fatty pork, lamb, and mutton, nuts, snacks, fatty foods, fries, pies, pastries, bread, milk, and desserts deemed “rich” by the instruction manual. It must have been challenging for the pilots to follow these rules, notably the ban on spicy meals, as many of the U-2 flights left from nations like Turkey, Taiwan, and South Korea. However, pilots must have felt great relief when spy satellites took up the chore of taking pictures of the earth’s surface. They wouldn’t have to spend nine hours in the pilot’s seat knowing they had nowhere to run to if they had had to poop. The manual makes for light, entertaining reading now, but the pilot and his family must have regarded it with disdain at the time. [...]
6 March 20237 mistakes according to a urologist Peeing is an essential part of the day necessary to get rid of waste from your body. It may seem simple, but there is actually a right way and a wrong way to do it. Long-term and short-term pee and bladder problems can both be caused by certain unhealthy habits. According to urologists, these are some of the mistakes that people make more frequently. Holding it in for longer than necessary We’ve all had to put off nature’s call during lengthy car drives, movies, or concerts. Sometimes holding it in is inevitable. Dr. Ashley Winter, a board-certified urologist and the chief medical officer of Odela Health, warned that doing this frequently or holding it in for longer than necessary can result in other problems, such as bladder infections. According to Dr. Evan Goldfischer, president of the national non-profit urological trade association LUPGA, a full bladder increases the risk of infection since the germs can grow. Urine is not sterile, contrary to popular perception, says Winter. She points out that in order to prevent this, it is essential to drink water and urinate as soon as the bladder begins to feel full. According to Goldfischer, holding in urine over time can cause the bladder to overstretch, which can lead to the loss of bladder control. He continues by saying that an overstretched bladder cannot contract back to its original shape like an old elastic band. On the other hand, you may have urinary incontinence and should consult a urologist or pelvic floor therapist if you are unable to hold in your urine at all or experience regular leaks. Not completely emptying your bladder Similarly, according to Goldfischer, not completely emptying your bladder when you urinate can raise your risk of developing a urinary infection and stretch your bladder. This may happen if you’re in a hurry. But, Winter notes that it’s not necessarily intentional to not completely empty your bladder, and you might not even be aware of it. According to the Cleveland Clinic, this illness is known as urine retention and can be either chronic and steadily deteriorate over time or acute and severe. Blockages, specific drugs, infections, swelling, and neurological diseases, where there are issues with the nerves that transmit signals between the brain and bladder, are some of the causes of urine retention, according to Winter. Speak to your doctor or a urologist if you discover that your bladder doesn’t feel empty after you urinate. According to the National Institutes of Health, urine retention symptoms include pain or swelling in the lower abdomen, frequent, small-volume urination, continuing the urge to pee after urinating, and a sluggish stream. Mistaking an overactive bladder for a “small bladder” According to Winter, it’s technically possible for someone to have a “small bladder”, but this is usually not the case. “Most people who say they have a small bladder have a normal bladder, and they’re really talking about their threshold for discomfort”. According to Goldfishcher, having an overactive bladder is defined as urinating more than eight or nine times per day, however this varies according on the person and variables like age, lifestyle, and medical problems. “Some people are programmed to have a very large prostate, for example, which affects how often you pee”, he adds. Drinking too much liquid may also lead to frequent urination. According to the Mayo Clinic, there may be an underlying issue if you’re urinating more than nine times a day, such as an overactive bladder, UTI, kidney infection, bladder stones, or diabetes. Frequent urination in men may indicate prostate issues. According to Goldfischer, one in six men will develop prostate cancer, therefore it’s crucial to discuss prostate examinations with your doctor. Winter suggests posing the following questions to yourself if you’re not sure if you urinate excessively: Does this negatively impact my quality of life? It’s time to consult a urologist if the answer is yes or if your urinary habits are interfering with your sleep, work, or social life. Caffeine or alcohol According to Cleveland Clinic, caffeine and alcohol are bladder irritants, which means they increase the urge to urinate and cause pain or discomfort. Goldfischer also claims that both substances enhance urine production. According to Goldfischer, consuming too many of them can cause frequent urination, which can affect your life and sleep. Those with overactive bladders should take this into consideration while consuming alcohol and caffeine because these substances can make their symptoms worse. Caffeine and alcohol can be particularly dehydrating if you aren’t drinking enough water because they both stimulate frequent urination, which also promotes water loss. According to Winter, dehydration can cause kidney stones and other medical issues. Therefore, drink more water, especially if your urine is really dark and concentrated. Not getting recurrent UTIs checked out When germs get into the urethra and infect the urinary tract, they cause a urinary tract infection (which includes the bladder and kidneys). According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms include frequent urination, a strong urge to urinate, and bloody or foul-smelling urine. Anatomical problems, pregnancy, menopause, and sexual activity are all risk factors for developing a UTI. According to Goldfischer, females are more likely to develop UTIs than males because of the shorter urethra in females, which makes it simpler for germs to enter the urinary tract. According to the Mayo Clinic, UTIs can be treated with antibiotics, but if the infection is not, it can go to the kidneys. “There’s evidence that (having) a lot of urinary tract infections can lead to scarring in the bladder or the prostate, which can affect your ability to urinate”, says Goldfischer. Male urinary tract infections are far less prevalent than female ones, so Winter advises men to always consult a urologist if they develop one. Urologists can screen for diseases like kidney stones, low estrogen levels, or an enlarged prostate that could make you more susceptible to UTIs and advise the best treatment or preventative measures. Ignoring pink or red urine According to Goldfischer, the amount of water you drink has a significant impact on the color of your urine. But, other factors such as particular foods, vitamins, and supplements can also have an effect. If your urine is pink or reddish, provided you haven’t recently consumed a beet salad, you should seek medical assistance or consult with your healthcare professional. Blood in the urine, also known as hematuria, can be caused by an accident or an underlying condition like a urinary tract infection, kidney disease, or stones. “Blood in the urine can be an early warning sign of not only infection but also bladder cancer”, says Goldfischer, adding that the most common risk factor for bladder cancer is smoking. “Someone who has blood in their urine and a history of smoking… should definitely get to a urologist and have it looked at”. Consuming massive vitamin C doses on a regular basis “Too much vitamin C can cause kidney stones”, says Winter, vitamin C has immune-boosting effects, but she has noticed a rise in people abusing it since the pandemic. “Almost nobody needs mega doses of vitamin C,” says Winter, as there’s no immune benefit to consuming extra vitamin C on top of the recommended daily intake (90 milligrams a day for adults, per the National Institutes of Health). “The problem is that vitamin C in your urine becomes something called oxalate and high levels of oxalate in the urine can become kidney stones”, explains Winter. “If you have fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet, you almost certainly don’t have a medical need for extra vitamin C”. [...]
2 March 2023The first example of ‘superpropulsion’ in nature According to a new study, relatives of cicadas called sharpshooter insects can catapult urine droplets at extremely high speeds, providing the first documented instance of “superpropulsion” in nature. In addition to enabling bugs to conserve energy while urinating, this newly discovered effect could also improve self-cleaning technology and soft robotic engines, according to researchers. Researchers looked at relatives of cicadas called glassy-winged sharpshooters for the latest study (Homalodisca vitripennis). The xylem, a woody portion of a plant that transports water and dissolved nutrients up from the roots as opposed to the phloem, which transports sugar down from the leaves, is where these insects, which are about half an inch (1.2 centimeters) long, feed on sap. 95% of the sharpshooter’s diet consists of water, which is nutrient-poor. As a result, the bugs must continuously consume xylem sap to survive, and they can excrete up to 300 times their body weight each day. Humans, by contrast, urinate around one-fourth of their body weight each day. Although the mechanics of feeding are known, there is still much to learn about the physics of defecation, according to the experts. They concentrated on sharpshooters to examine if their small bodies had developed any ingenious strategies to deal with the incessant “leafhopper rain” urination. “I saw these insects peeing once and fell in love”, study senior author Saad Bhamla, An Atlanta-based biophysicist from the Georgia Institute of Technology explained. The anal stylus, or “butt flicker”, as Bhamla termed it, is a structure at the end of the sharpshooter that was examined by scientists using high-speed videos and microscopy. The stylus flexes downward to make room when the bug squeezes out a droplet of urine when it is time to pee. As the drop reaches the ideal size, the stylus bends even farther downward before launching the droplet with an acceleration of more than 40 Gs. According to the researchers, the stylus can move up to 0.75 feet per second (0.23 meters per second). Yet, the propelled droplets travel at a rate of up to 1.05 feet per second (0.32 m/s), which is nearly 40% quicker. The finding confirms the existence of the superpropulsion phenomenon, which was previously only observed in artificial environments. By matching its motions with those of its launchpad, similar to a diver timing their jump off a springboard, an elastic projectile using superpropulsion moves faster than its launchpad. The researchers discovered that the droplets were squeezed by the stylus, storing energy in their surface tension immediately prior to launch to assist in catapulting them at high speeds. Because of how strongly the molecules in liquids cling to one another, surface tension, which causes liquid surfaces to behave like flexible membranes, is what causes drops of liquid to bead up. “Oftentimes we overlook excretion because it’s taboo or silly, but it’s a critical biological function akin to feeding that has important energetic, ecological and evolutionary implications”, study first author Elio Challita, a biophysicist at the Georgia Institute of Technology explained. “What started as a curious observation of an unusual peeing mechanism uncovered the first example of superpropulsion in a biological organism”. The researchers used micro-CT scans to examine the architecture of the bugs and take measurements from inside the insects to understand why sharpshooters hurled pee droplets rather than spraying urine in jets. The scientists were able to use this information to estimate the pressure and energy required for the insects to urinate, which showed that superpropulsion required four to eight times less energy than jets. These discoveries could aid engineers in creating machines that need less energy to clean themselves. “Water droplets often stick to surfaces due to surface tension, which can be undesirable in several contexts, such as cleaning and preventing damage to electronics”, Challita said. “Superpropulsion of droplets offers a way to eject droplets from surfaces by vibrating the surface to the vibrational frequency of the droplets”. Also, according to Challita, the findings might assist increase the effectiveness of the engines that drive soft, flexible robots. In conclusion, “we can discover some amazing things in our own backyards, we just have to look closely”, Bhamla added. [...]
27 February 2023A common men’s problem Men are all too aware of how uncomfortable it can be to experience morning wood, as it is sometimes called. This is the boner that appears out of the blue in the morning, in a moment when the urge to urinate is likely to occur after eight hours of sleep, whether you’re a man or a woman, but morning wood makes this substantially more difficult. On the internet, some depicted this situation with funny strips with the most likely and unlikely solutions to handle that situation. You may be wondering whether these amusing illustrations could actually be implemented in real life. Yes, somebody tried. When a guy has an erection, the bladder really shuts down due to a little organic “valve” that is thought to help prevent accidentally peeing. As a result, urinating while having an erection is possible, however, the stream’s course and pressure could be unpredictable. Fortunately, there are a few methods you may use to avoid unintentionally peeing on your partner’s bathroom floor in the morning. The majority of the men reading this have probably already thought of a handful of these ideas on their own: Let’s start with the Wait, which is undoubtedly one of the more popular strategies. The wait This one involves, as the name suggests, getting out of bed and going in the bathroom, then thinking about the least sexy things imaginable (fish, granite, mathematics, etc…) while you wait for your penis to get back to normal. Although it is the simplest of the lot, it takes time but it can be feasible. The lunge Believe it or not, ladies and men all across the world are already using the lunge. Because it’s one of the less complicated solutions and there are some situations in which you just cannot wait. To reduce spillage, simply put one foot in front of the other as if you were lunging at the gym, bend your knees, and limit the space between the toilet bowl and man parts. It works, but it demands focus and is not infallible. The risk is to not have a perfect angle anyway and miss the target. The frog This one requires turning away from the toilet and straddling it like a frog, making it one of the more practical ones on this list. It’s a little unpleasant because you may touch the inner part of the bowl with your penis but certainly works. The handstand This one might be accomplished with great success by those who are more acrobatically inclined. The risk is peeing on your face and then slipping. The Superman Superman is one of the messier alternatives; you have to press a portion of your body against the toilet bowl and spread your arms and legs out to balance as if you were flying quicker than a speeding bullet. As there is literally no way to miss this procedure, it might be worthwhile in the end, however slightly bigger endowed guys would want to think twice. It’s hard to put into practice and has the same risks as ‘the frog’. The portal One for enthusiasts of video games but the more unrealistic. You will effectively just be urinating on the wall without a real portal gun to use to rip a hole in space and time for your urine to pass through. Not suggested but you can replace it with a portable urinal. The blow dryer This clever trick uses a blow dryer’s air to steer the stream in an arc toward the bowl. Strange to pull off, and it somewhat gives the impression that you are playing a video game. However, it’s feasible but not handy. The gymnast As ‘the handstand’, it requires acrobatic skills and a rope hanging from the ceiling of your toilet. It’s not impossible, but it’s unlikely. The tube Finally, find a tube and attach it to your penis. After that, direct the tube to discharge its payload into the bowl. This will surely make you hit the target and avoid splashes but you need to have a tube at your disposal. Some useful advice Anyway, the need to pee with a boner is a common issue for guys, therefore we listed some more useful advice that can help to face the problem. ‘The wait’ solution above mentioned is not a bad idea because sitting and waiting for the erection to subside may happen after a few minutes, and this will make it easier to pee. In addition, sitting down to pee can help reduce the angle of the erection, making it easier to aim, almost like in ‘the frog’ position. However, also leaning forward slightly while standing can also help reduce the angle of the erection, although it can be more difficult than sitting. Another solution could be placing a warm compress, such as a warm washcloth, on the penis for a few minutes before attempting to pee. This can help relax the muscles and make it easier to urinate. Another way to relax is to practice deep breathing: Taking slow, deep breaths can help relax the body and reduce anxiety, which can make it easier to pee. Finally, if you’re going to take a shower, this can be the place where to pee without worrying about flow direction. [...]
23 February 2023The 1905-built Lavatory de la Madeleine had been closed for 12 years but recently underwent a comprehensive restoration Some public toilets are not only a place to relieve yourself but are important architectures with a historical design that represents an era. That’s the case of the Lavatory de la Madeleine in Paris. According to this article, The Madeleine opened in 1905 and is a wonderful example of belle époque design, with stained glass windows, lovely ceramics and mosaics, brass faucets, and varnished wood furnishings. The Lavatory de la Madeleine has reopened after being closed since 2011 for lack of use. And it looks just fantastic. It was initially a private women’s restroom; the adjacent men’s restroom, built at the same time, is now used by the public transportation agency RATP. But, in the 1990s, several of the cabins were converted to urinals, making the restroom mixed-sex. After being closed for 12 years due to neglect and lack of use, the restroom has finally been repaired. The restoration of the woodwork, glass, and tiles was eventually finished last month, but similar contemporary models have been used in lieu of the old toilets, sinks, and taps. The site’s preservation of an ancient shoe-shine chair adds to the feeling of entering a lavish “throne room”. The introduction of public restrooms in London in the 1880s served as inspiration for the concept. The purpose of the underground facilities was to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing. There are now only six such restrooms left in Paris, one of which is located on the Champs-Élysées. It’s stylish, but there are costs related to doing your business here. It is outrageously expensive to use the Lavatory de la Madeleine; it costs a hefty €2 ($1.80, $2.10). But, it also serves as a cultural marvel, so it could be more accurate to consider those two euros as paying for a kind of museum admission. The eighth arrondissement’s Lavatory de la Madeleine is located at the base of the La Madeleine church, built in the nineteenth century. Madeleine, which is accessible through lines 8, 12, and 14, is the closest metro station. Construites en 1905, les lavatories de Madeleine ont réouvert après 13 ans de fermeture ! Elles viennent s'ajouter aux plus de 800 toilettes et urinoirs publics à Paris.Bravo @karen_taieb @jdHAUTESERRE @2theloo et merci aux équipes de la DVD 🙏👏 pic.twitter.com/XrsGNVMSvY— David Belliard (@David_Belliard) February 14, 2023 Inauguration avec @David_Belliard et @jdHAUTESERRE du Lavatory de la Madeleine qui rouvrira ses portes lundi prochain au public qui sera accueilli par l’équipe du concessionnaire @2theloo L’effet est immédiat : Un voyage hors du temps et plongée dans le Paris de la Belle époque ! pic.twitter.com/UfBlX5x361— Karen Taieb (@karen_taieb) February 14, 2023 Not just Paris has some gorgeous public restrooms. Tokyo is building a series of amazing public toilets around the city as part of the Tokyo Toilet Project. [...]
20 February 2023The oldest toilet ever found According to a news release distributed by the Institute of Archaeology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, via Xinhua News Agency, archaeologists are now excavating two sizable palace structures in the center of Yueyang City where several ancient Chinese dynasties used the location as their capital. Archaeologists discovered a toilet while excavating one of these structures, according to the press statement. They found a pipe leading to an outside sewage pit as well as a portion of an interior toilet seat with a hole in the toilet‘s top section. Reconstructing the toilet revealed that it featured a water flushing system that was “deceptively advanced”, tools and design specialist Fan Mingyang explained. According to archaeologist Liu Rui, “It is the first and only flush toilet to be ever unearthed in China”. “Everybody at the site was surprised, and then we all burst into laughter”. According to the press release and China Daily, the flush toilet is anywhere between 2,200 and 2,400 years old. The ruined palace buildings were used for centuries, from the middle of the Warring States Period to the start of the Han Dynasty, therefore the precise age is uncertain. According to Britannica, the Han Dynasty began in 206 B.C. and the Warring States Period in 475 B.C. During the Warring States Period (475-221 BC), the toilet is thought to have been used by Qin Xiaogong (381-338 BC) or his father Qin Xian’gong (424-362 BC) of the Qin Kingdom or by Liu Bang, the first emperor of the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220). A possible use for the palace was for administrative purposes. China Daily said that although flush toilets had previously been dated to the 16th century in England, the flush toilet is now the oldest ever discovered. According to Rui, the toilet was a “luxury object” that was exclusively used by very high-ranking members of society. The toilet was probably filled with water after each use by the servants. Researchers are unsure whether individuals sat on the seat or squatted over it because the top is missing. The toilet’s parts were discovered last summer and made public on February 15. Archaeologists also discovered four large semi-circular tiles, one at each corner, in the same building where the toilet was found, according to the press statement. The Yueyang City site is situated in Xi’an City’s Yanliang neighborhood, which serves as the provincial capital of Shaanxi. Around 840 miles to the northwest of Shanghai is the district. [...]
16 February 2023Everybody experienced these things in male public restrooms at least once Usually, people prefer to go to the bathroom alone but when you have to use a public bathroom some annoying things may happen, especially in male toilets. Here are 10 things that often happen: 1. The poop stench There will always be a strong stench, even if you are the first one to enter after the morning cleaner has finished their work. There isn’t a choice but to use the public restrooms when you need to relieve yourself, but the initial wave of stench is horrifying. 2. Urinal proxemics That involves a lot more than merely coming in and choosing any urinal. You really need to examine the situation to determine which is best. According to male etiquette, it is considerate to leave at least one urinal between you and your neighbor. You use a cubicle if this is not possible. But not everyone heard about that. Therefore, sometimes there’s a person who stands next to you while there are five other places where he could pee. 3. Toilet banter Even while many love good chitchat, it might be difficult to focus when trying to urinate. Often we just want to pee and leave the bathroom as soon as possible. 4. The noises Noise can be disgusting if you start thinking about what’s happening inside that stall, especially if you blend noise and smell. Just think if he doesn’t flush it. 5. The hand dryer queue It may happen to see a line of irate men forming behind you while you have to dry your hands. It would be wiser to give up. In any case, dry hands are overrated. 6. Skid marks Not only a smear that cannot be avoided is being discussed. Some people appear to aim for the restroom at the weirdest possible angles. Say that you do not leave your toilet in this condition at home. 7. Comparisons Although it doesn’t happen as frequently as they would have us believe, we have many had the experience of a stranger assessing their manhood to see if it is up to par. 8. Wet door handles Whether it’s water or not, touching handles is always a problem as also the other surfaces. 9. That guy who doesn’t wash his hands Sometimes you see that guy who is too in a hurry that doesn’t wash his hands and you start thinking if he will be the one who will shake your hand or who will prepare your lunch. 10. Wet toilet seats Aiming may be hard when you are in a hurry but often men are too uncaring for those who will come after. So, if you are the next person who has to sit to poop, it’s the worst moment ever for being in a public toilet. [...]
13 February 2023Women’s perspective through toilets Art and toilets keep walking together. More and more artists seem to choose this subject to communicate their view of society. As mentioned here, to further promote regional artists, Liminal Gallery has announced the opening of The Cupboard, its second exhibition venue, which is an open call space for artists residing and working in Thanet. The three-month residency is chosen by Louise Fitzjohn, the founder and director of Liminal. The Toilet, an installation by its first artist Jemima Sara, will make its debut there. Jemima Sara is a multidisciplinary artist that blends identity, freedom of expression, and the flow of daily life into her work. Her practice began as a craft business where she made everything from custom silk scarves to T-shirts. Since then, it has grown to encompass drawings, installations, sculptures, prints, and paintings. She reflects on and explores the difficulties of everyday life in her art, using this to spark discussions as a type of self-therapy or so-called catharsis. She enjoys producing site-specific interactive artworks, from installations to events, for museums and other public places. She aspires to improve people’s lives through her practice by upholding the concepts of involvement and accessibility. Commercial clients including Anthropologie, Terry De Havilland, Wolf and Badger, and others have benefited from her creative production. Along with frequently appearing in magazines including Stir World, FAD Art, The Evening Standard, GQ, and Marie Claire, to name a few. “The Toilet is a miniature installation that explores the main themes in my work”. Women’s art perhaps belongs in the toilet, where it would at least receive more attention, she said. The concept of “The Toilet” encompasses a space of safety, reflection, expression, privacy, breach of privacy, puppetry, and everyday life. The “toilet” scenario is exposed like a dollhouse, encouraging the audience to cross and play with the conventional borders of privacy, personal autonomy, and manipulation. In light of her experience in puppetry, she investigates the tradition of the sculptor Marisol Escobar. As though societal pressures and unseen forces are in control of us. she wants to make something that makes use of the toilet because it’s a universal experience and a symbol of the everyday. While stressing the existing perception of public restrooms as being weak, inconvenient, and dangerous locations. The primary concerns of her activity are examined in this little installation, including feminism, text, accessibility, slogans, freedom of expression, daily life, and boundaries, and liminality. Jemima Sara has built “The Toilet” within Liminal Gallery’s new exhibition space “The Cupboard” in response to her recent work using toilets in her practice as a symbol for accessibility, health, and emphasizing the significance of having accessible spaces to feel safe. [...]
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