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Kaiser Wilhelm Toilet Paper

I knew that it's popular to put politician's faces on toilet paper (for instance, Amazon sells Obama toilet paper as well as Mitt Romney toilet paper), but I didn't realize that these kind of novelty products were being sold even back in World War I. [via Daily Mail]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Sep 11, 2014 | Comments (12)
Category: Bathrooms, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1910's

The Telephone Booth Shower

Back in 1996, two East German entrepreneurs came up with the idea of converting old telephone booths into shower stalls. They plumbed up two booths and sold them for 4000 marks each. However, their idea ran aground when Deutsche Telekom refused to sell them any more old booths, fearing that, in the words of their spokesman, "It would be problematic if someone wanted to make an emergency call and ran into the booth that was actually a shower."

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Jun 08, 2014 | Comments (12)
Category: Bathrooms, Telephones, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1990's

The Sweet Pea

It seems to me as if this guy has "invented" a ceramic funnel. Also, he says it wouldn't smell, but I'm not too sure about that. []

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon May 19, 2014 | Comments (16)
Category: Bathrooms

Toilet Aficionados

This is just one of many videos posted by "toiletfan1" on YouTube, in which he documents various toilets that he comes across throughout the U.S. He's got over 4000 toilet videos. notes that toiletfan1's oeuvre is but one small part of the much larger outpouring of toilet videos and pictures online, in which "toilet aficionados" document the history, art, and design of toilets.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat May 17, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Bathrooms

Golden Wipe

My German grandfather often used to say, "Ich bin kein Dukatenscheisser." (I don't s**t money.) But if he had this roll of toilet paper, he could have wiped with money. Or rather, gold.

It's 6-layer toilet paper embossed with 24-karat gold plate. It comes in 2 versions: either with the words 'Happy Birthday' or an Alpine rose embossed on it. Yours for only 178.50 Euros ($245, according to my desktop currency converter).

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Apr 04, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Bathrooms, Overpriced Merchandise, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, Excrement

Toilet Seat Cozy

For sale on etsy. Only $5! But it's a little unhygienic perhaps?

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Mar 23, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Bathrooms


San Francisco has a serious public urination problem. That is, too many people using doorways and the sides of buildings as urinals. One solution now being tried is the PPlanter. The basic idea is that it's a urinal that channels all the waste liquid directly into an adjacent planter full of bamboo, and the bamboo filters and purifies it.

An ADA-compliant sink is supplied with a human powered foot or hand pump connected to a freshwater supply tank. The greywater from the sink, along with soap residue, flushes and cleans the urinal, keeping odor to a minimum.
The greywater, soap and urine (blackwater) from the ADA-compliant urinal are funneled to a sealed storage tank. The combined water is then pumped into an adjacent planter that houses bamboo plants set in a lightweight mixture of soil and recycled styrofoam coated in pectin. The water from the urinal and sink is evapotranspired by the bamboo and released into the air as distilled, purified water. The bamboo harnesses the incredible amount of nitrogen and phosphorus found in the urine and uses it to produce more bamboo. With high traffic urinals additional planters can be added to the system.

The lack of privacy is intentional. But if you have to do a #2, I think you're still out of luck.

More info here.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Mar 06, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Bathrooms



As you might suspect, these pills eventually met with Federal displeasure.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Dec 23, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Bathrooms, Body, Medicine, Advertising, Body Fluids, 1950's

Poo Pourri

This may NOT be too SFW mostly because of the ensuing guffaws.

Now, if you've been enticed to participate click here.

Then, there's the blooper reel you can watch here.
Posted By: Expat47 | Date: Thu Oct 10, 2013 | Comments (6)
Category: Bathrooms

Wash and Go

Forget to wash? Here's the solution -- a combination sink and urinal!!


Here's the link:
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Mon Jul 08, 2013 | Comments (8)
Category: Bathrooms
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