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.
As you might suspect, these pills eventually met with Federal displeasure.
This may NOT be too SFW mostly because of the ensuing guffaws.
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Then, there's the blooper reel you can watch here
1938 sculpture "The Endless Column"
is quite famous. So much so that, as the Box Vox blog
points out, not one but TWO artists independently came up with the idea of paying homage to it by making endless columns of toilet bowls — Tim Thyzel using white ceramic bowls (2001) and Konstantin Bojanov using red, acrylic resin casts of toilet bowls (2008).
Available from Dornbracht
For the first time, HORIZONTAL SHOWER permits showering using the AMBIANCE TUNING TECHNIQUE while reclining. The application combines six WATER BARS recessed into a broad shower field above a reclining space, along with an eTOOL as the main operating element. Just as with VERTICAL SHOWER, with HORIZONTAL SHOWER the user can also choose from among a variety of pre-programmed choreographies, offering a range of settings for water temperature, intensity and quantity.
Just wondering how practical this would be for actually washing yourself, as opposed to lying down and getting a water massage. I'm also guessing most people wouldn't have enough water pressure in their house to install something like this. And, of course, there's no mention of price, because if you need to know how much it costs, you can't afford it.
Thanks to this new product
, your toilet seat can now light up your bathroom like the inside of a nuclear reactor. But this thing looks so bright I'd worry about getting radiation burns from sitting on it.
Researchers at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences put on their thinking caps and came up with a revolutionary idea. They call it the "Big Lavatory Concept" or BigLavC for short. Their idea is to take existing airplane toilets and make them jumbo sized, so they'll be easier for overweight and disabled people to use. [news.com.au
I'm all for bigger toilets, but since there's a limited amount of space in an airplane, if you make the bathroom twice the size, won't that mean you'll end up with fewer bathrooms overall? And thus longer lines for the loo?
But of course, I'm being naive. These big bathrooms will probably only be for first-class passengers. And to make room for them they'll get rid of the economy-class toilets entirely and just hand out buckets.
I'm pretty sure Chuck has reported on other cases of people found swimming in the human waste pits found beneath outhouses, so I'll just offer this recent case as yet another example of how this scenario might occur. An elderly man visiting Carters Lake in Georgia must have thought the outhouses there were some kind of newfangled way of going to the bathroom. Because of sitting down to relieve himself, he stood on top of the toilet seat, slipped, and fell down into the sewage pool below. It was over an hour before people realized he was missing and started looking for him. [Dalton Daily Citizen