Toilets

I’m still thinking about Vienna. I didn’t especially like the anti aircraft towers, but I think the toilets were excellent.

I am quite serious. You see this is a problem for transatlantic comprehension. In the USA toilets have a large pool of water. This can cause an unfortunate problem called splashing.

In Italy the toilets have a tiny pool of water and uhm material lands on a porcelain surface which is in theory (but not in practice) washed clean when the toilet is flushed. Normally one has to clean the toilet after every 2nd type use. Innocent failure to do so by people used to different toilets can cause tension.

Now in Vienna they have figured out how to make toilets. There is a serioius pool of water down which the toilet is flushed then further back towards the wall a shelf which is very slightly concave so that one or two milimeters of water pool there after each flush. This is too little to splash but plenty to prevent sticking.

I haven’t seen such toilets anywhere else.

I think that squemishness about discussing this very practical issue is preventing the diffusion of this brilliant technology around Europe.

In fact, I would even be in favor of EU toilet standards if I weren’t sure that they would be dictated by larger countries with inferior plumbing.

13 thoughts on “Toilets

  1. Disagree: I find that the Germanic toilet still tends to lead to excessive sticking (as well as providing one with a far closer look at one’s excreta than would be desirable).

    It is, however, better than the Greek toilet.

  2. Hah. Those are German toilets. 😉

    Once, we had guests from the US, and they took pictures of our toilets because “they are so weird”.

    Glad you liked them. 🙂

  3. But I REALLY HAD PROBLEMS with austrian Toilets. Maybe they’ve changed them since the time I was there (10 years ago). I remember they had a flat surface right under… you know, and the image you had when standing up after… you know was really … you know!

    After travelling up and down, I still think that spanish toilets are the best ones 🙂

  4. What about French toilets, especially on the highways, where they just have a hole in the floor and you need to perform serious acrobatics, squatting and simultaneously holding on to sidebars, in order not to slide and hit the pile-up. Ewww.

    I remember we had toilets with platforms in The Netherlands… I won’t go into details, but a pile-up could have serious consequences.

  5. It is strange that a simple toilet splash eliminator was never designed.

    Now, who will design a proper ironing board? I suggest this every chance I get, since I have a dream to see it before I die, and am willing to give this one away, such as it is…..

    The only way the present shape of the ironing board could have survived this long is the predominance of male engineers..

    They still need to fold up and be light… they need to have shelves/pegs to support clothing weight..need long narrow shoots of varying sizes, wide flat areas, concave areas…..so pant legs, sleeves, backs of shirts, shoulders and such can more efficiently be ironed…..you get the idea…need some good ironing people and some good engineers to get together.

  6. If an extra “step” or addition was added to american toilets, all sorts of possibilities woudl exist.Toilet shapes could be rearranged too.

    Say flushing took two steps (it is automatic in many public places)…. a device with volume such as a ball could be added or taken away from water tanks in the pre-flush stage. Everything moves to a non-splash location…then the flush occurs… possibilities are endless…

    Or a device blocks the exposed area during the flush…..

    Or a suction comes with the flush, pulling a disposable scrubber with it….

    Just trying to get the engineers started….

    Why do everyday sinks not always have water spouts that are dead center in the sink but well above the sinks upper rims so that pots could easily fit in for rinsing, and items needing filling be allowed to fill fully?

  7. What you describe here is called in Germany a “Flachsp?ler” – translated probably as flat flusher. We also have the american version, the “Tiefsp?ler” – translated as deep flusher.

    Both have their advantages and disadvantages. Splashing is a problem of Tiefsp?ler which can be countered by putting toilet paper into the toilet before (and after) you put your “organic waste” into it.

    Sticking in Flachsp?ler can be countered by the same counter measure, I guess. Of course sticking material can be cleaned by using a certain tool.

    Problem was, once in a hotel in France there was no such tool. That what causes tension, I learned.

  8. What you describe here is called in Germany a “Flachsp?ler” – translated probably as flat flusher. We also have the american version, the “Tiefsp?ler” – translated as deep flusher.

    Both have their advantages and disadvantages. Splashing is a problem of Tiefsp?ler which can be countered by putting toilet paper into the toilet before (and after) you put your “organic waste” into it.

    Sticking in Flachsp?ler can be countered by the same counter measure, I guess. Of course sticking material can be cleaned by using a certain tool.

    Problem was, once in a hotel in France there was no such tool. That what causes tension, I learned.

  9. I’m sure there’s a book here somewhere… quite apart from the German inspection shelf, does anywhere else share Finland’s passion for the “bidet wand”? – Even on trains they have this pressure hose thing for inimate rinses. The Nordic region generally seems to have invested much R&D in developing urinals that minimise splash-back.The French menawhile wouldn’t dream of putting the loo in the same room as the bath, cf the Brits who are quite happy to put it right next to the head end of the tub. Yet the French still yearn for the hole in the floor – what’s going on here?

  10. i like your web site. its nice too see other people fill the pain. please send me some stuff on toliets i am doing a report at school on it. well it is really a speech but there are about the same.

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