Washroom Infection

In the early 20th century, it was widely believed that dirty bathrooms were a primary cause of the spread of disease, particularly sexual disease. One result of this belief, apparently, was the adoption of U-shaped toilet seats in public bathrooms, since it was thought that these were more hygienic.

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Life - Sep 20 1937

     Posted By: Alex - Fri Feb 02, 2018
     Category: Health | Disease | Hygiene | Advertising | 1930s

"You may have picked it up from a public washroom, so quit screwing in there."

These are the people that inflicted us with those damn blow driers. Best one of those I saw scratched out all the letters on the final instruction step except "wipe hands on pants."
Posted by Virtual on 02/02/18 at 07:55 AM
"Promiscuous handling" can definitely get you in trouble.

Notwithstanding the pearl-clutching of earlier times about anything involving bodily functions, paper towels actually can protect you from the most cootie-laden thing in the restroom: the door handle. I use my shoulder to open push doors, and paper towels to open pull doors.
Posted by Frank P on 02/02/18 at 10:07 AM
As for the subject of the U shaped toilet seat, it does serve a purpose in the area of hygiene - Face it, men are pigs and notorious for not raising the seat before urinating. Something about the male psyche allows them to believe that their dangly bits are longer than they actually are.
Posted by KDP on 02/02/18 at 12:49 PM
@Virtual~ I thought that this is what long shit tails were for.
Onliwon= only one?
Posted by BMN on 02/02/18 at 12:55 PM
Frank P: A local grocery/restaurant has this weird cast iron thing on the bottom inside of the men's room door, on the side that opens. It looks like a full saddle stirrup, with that front shield on it. I finally figured out that it's a gizmo that allows you to hook your foot underneath and pull the door open with no hands. Voila!
Posted by Virtual on 02/02/18 at 04:10 PM
“Honey, I must have gotten infected from one of those danged toilet seats! It’s the only logical explanation...”
Posted by Brian on 02/02/18 at 04:25 PM
Maybe a Freudian slip? It should of been shirt tail!
Posted by BMN on 02/02/18 at 05:28 PM
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