This restroom ain’t for resting, pal…

August 23, 2011

Blog Guy, last year you wrote about a business that was putting timers in their toilets, so that the lights would turn off after 10 minutes, even if the employees weren’t finished.

I wondered if anybody else is experimenting with ways to get people to spend less time in the bathroom?

Yes, a number of researchers are looking into eliminating waste in the area of eliminating waste.

The focus is on making the bathroom experience so unpleasant that folks just want to get the hell out of there as fast as they can.

Uh-oh. What kind of things are they trying?

You name it. As you can see in the top photo, Australia is putting coed toilets right outdoors, with no stalls or anything. That should speed up the process.

Yikes! What else?

In South Korea they’re trying out toilets made from ice. That’s uncomfortable in the winter, and worse in the summer.

This is just awful!

Over in Poland, they are breeding huge dogs that stand up behind urinals if guys take too long to finish their business. I believe there have been several serious injuries.

This is worse than I dreamed. Of all the experiments, is there one that seems more diabolical than all the rest?

I’m afraid so. In Mexico, if you spend more than two minutes in an outdoor porta-john facility, actual Smurfs jerk the door wide open and abuse you in squeaky cartoon voices.

That would scare the #@%& out of me!

Yes, I believe that’s the general idea.

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Top: Volunteers pose on toilets during a World Toilet Day event in central Sydney 19 November 2010. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

Left: A girl sits on an ice toilet at the Ice Gallery in Seoul, July 20, 2011. REUTERS/Truth Leem

Bottom left: A view of the men’s toilet at the Central Station in Warsaw July 22, 2011. REUTERS/Peter Andrews

Right: Women dressed as “Smurfs” use portable toilets during a promotional event in Mexico City June 25, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

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World Toilet Day? Why was I not aware of this? Is it a holiday or a holy-#@%& day?

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

Holy Smurf poop, Batman! :-)

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

A new low, BG. I believe this is your Waterloo.

Posted by slick9 | Report as abusive

At least a summer ice toilet doesn’t have the distressing cloud of steam…

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

Every single one of those people in the top pic are gonna have messy spivvies. Unless they have a bum-to-bowl matter teleportation unit installed somewhere. Which I am sure they do. So nevermind.

Ever get your tongue stuck to a frozen pole? Yeah, now imagine sitting on an ice toilet. Go ahead, imagine it.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Shake, rattle and roll, BG! Ever so thankful not to have been in a smurf porta jon when the quake was rattling things. Trying to grab the tp would have been awful!

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Toilet humour coming from anyone other than our very own “Toilethead” Johnson is shi**y business…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

I know that merchandising is big these days, but come on, the Smurf-a-potty?

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Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

“this is our Waterloo”… awesome. Some kind of loo, for sure.

Slick9, I’m nominating you to be on the throne for today!

Posted by flamenquito | Report as abusive

With a nod to @Shra’s comment: Another in the latest ways to get people to expedite their waste elimination is that they are made to wear the toilets on their head, as you-know-who does. 10/01/06/the-grossest-picture-of-the-yea r-so-far/

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