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Posts from — March 2008

59 Awesome International Toilet Signs

This is pretty sweet. A gallery of 59 of some of the coolest international toilet signs you’ll ever see. Most of them did a pretty good job of conveying the differences between men and women, even if a little subtle at times. This is one of my (many) favorites – notice the bow in the lady’s hair!

Turkish Toilet Sign

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March 29, 2008   1 Comment

Creepy Portuguese Mall Bathroom

If you thought peeing at the Sofitel Queenstown was weird… this is going to blow your mind. The Sao Joao da Madeira shopping center in the Northern part of Portugal has a bathroom decorated with female mannequins who lurk eerily behind the urinals. No word on if there’s better privacy from the mannequins in the stalls, but at least they have urinal partitions!

Creepy Portuguese Mall Bathroom Mannequins San Joao da Madeira

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PS: Does anybody have any more information on this place?

March 27, 2008   2 Comments

Multicultural Bathroom Issues

Patricia writes the following:

We have an unusual situation. My hope is that you can give me guidance on how to resolve it. Our firm is a multi-cultural environment. In multiple men’s bathrooms, a group of men are defecating into paper towels wadding up the paper towels and putting it on the toilet back for the facilities staff to dispose of. Have you heard of this phenomena before and do you have any recommendations.

Yikes – that’s a tough one. I’ve never heard of such behavior, and haven’t a clue as to which cultures this might be common practice in. It’s clear that some kind of educational program needs to be established, but exactly what? Perhaps a small poster above the toilet indicating the proper usage of the device would be appropriate, kind of like Americans might see above a complicated Japanese toilet. Either way, good luck!

March 25, 2008   2 Comments

The Hotel TP Fold

mhh5th was kind enough to send along a link to a toilet paper related story, but I’m so annoyed by it I an hardly bring myself to write. Let’s see here…

1) There are people out there who call themselves memeticists.

2) Apparently some people are stupid enough to believe that humans only spread memes which are useful or interesting.

3) This was all in a talk at TED, which is inherently annoying in and of itself.

4) Magnus Lindkvist (read the first comment).

Anyways, somewhere in there is something about how maids in hotels fold the toilet paper.

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March 17, 2008   1 Comment

Vista SP1 Tp!

By all accounts (none of which I can be bothered to dig up and link to here), Microsoft’s Vista operating system is a big pile of crap. Now that we’ve got the obligatory pun out of the way, check this out – toilet paper with the features of Vista’s first service pack (SP1) printed right on it! Yes, you would be correct in assuming that the exclamation point there is a little bit forced. Seems like nothing more than to put more dyes into Japanese sewer systems…

Vista SP1 Toilet Paper

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March 17, 2008   No Comments

Attacked by a Stall Door!

Here at the ICBE we usually consider bathroom stall doors to be a good thing. After a recent incident however, it appears as if Darren Fletcher, a player for Manchester United, might not be in agreement. Seems he was just minding his own business when a stall door fell on his head, bloodying him up and knocking him unconscious.

Unconscious? According to his wikipedia page, Fletcher stands just over 6 feet tall. Most bathroom stall doors don’t even reach that high, so what I want to know is, if he wasn’t actually taking a poop at the time (and it doesn’t sound like he was), is how did this door even hit his head, much less with the required velocity to knock him out?

I call shenanigans…

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PS: While doing a Google image search for Fletcher, I came across this goal diagram at the BBC of Fletcher scoring a goal in during Euro 2004 that was simply too awesome not to post…

Darren Fletcher vs Lithuania

March 14, 2008   No Comments

Two Years on a Toilet

Remember that scene in Lethal Weapon? No, not that one – the one where Danny Glover’s character is stuck on the toilet for a few days because there’s a bomb rigged to go off as soon as he gets up. Anyways, if you think he spent a long time on the can, can you imagine how a woman felt after sitting on the toilet for two straight years?

Details are pretty limited on the story, but it appears as if the woman’s skin had actually grown around the seat, which needed to be removed and transported with her to the hospital.

Ugh.

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March 13, 2008   1 Comment

Get your TP from a Mac SE

Got an old Mac lying around? You know, one of those classic, all-in-one designs? Do what this guy did, and turn it into the geekiest (and quite possibly largest) toilet paper dispenser possible!

Mac SE Toilet Paper Dispenser

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March 10, 2008   No Comments

Insane Clown Urinal

I’ve seen a lot of disturbing urinals in my day (that’s a lie, there aren’t many disturbing urinals out there), but this is one of the worst. It’s a clown urinal that aside from being very scary looking, actually seems to move up and down while you pee! Look you urinal manufacturers, you’re supposed to make it easier for us guys to aim, not harder!

Anyways, as is so often the case, there’s very little information to accompany the video, but I’m guessing this one’s going down in Japan.

Watch (Warning: While you don’t actually see anything, it appears as if the kid is actually peeing at the urinal during the video)

March 4, 2008   No Comments

Coming to Blows over Urinal Etiquette

First of all, we want to sincerely thank everybody out there who takes urinal and bathroom etiquette seriously. Sure, it may not be as important as world peace, but it’s a step in the right direction.

That said, try to keep in under control, okay? Sure, not everybody is going to be as well versed in the finer details of urinal usage as you are, but that doesn’t mean you have to punch them!

On the incident:

Speaking in his defence, counsel Liz Bulger said: “This incident arose from what I understand to be urinal etiquette.

“When the victim spoke to the defendant he was effectively smirking. The defendant was outraged.”

Yikes! Thanks to MikeM on this one.

March 4, 2008   1 Comment