At long last, for those of you who so enjoyed last years festivities, next Monday the 19th is World Toilet Day.
The World Toilet Organization (the site features a forum that is now, sadly, defunct) is the place to go to get your toilet facts straight. Such as the following:
1. An average person visits the toilet 2500 times a year. About 6-8 times a day. You spend about 3 years of your life in the toilet. (or on, if you are so inclined)
2. Poor toilet condition is a worldwide problem. More than half of the world population have no proper sanitation.
3. Suppression of urination due to dirty toilets can lead to kidney and bladder diseases. In order to avoid visiting public toilets, Some people refrain from drinking and suffer dehydration.
4. Most toilets are designed incorrectly.
5. Female takes 3 times longer than male, yet both toilet sizes are often same.
6. Toilet remains as a 'taboo' as people are shy to discuss the subject.
7. There are toilet associations worldwide promoting toilet education and culture.
World Toilet Day is designed to raise recognition of the 2.6 billion people around the world who lack proper sanitation facilities and, according to National Geographic, are, "Forced to discard their excrement in bags, buckets, fields, and ditches."
Last years theme, "Happy Toilet, Healthy Life" had attendees learn about the progressive development and standardisation of public toilet service. In Thailand.
This year, Delhi, India is hosting and the rest of the world is winging it. Perhaps a meal at one of the Modern Toilet Diners in Taipei, if you care to celebrate? You won't have to drop a load to have a good time and you can think about all those who are bereft of both food and bathroom facilities.
The mayor of Paris is certainly hoping for a little public toilet etiquette edification. Etienne Vanderpooten,a municipal architect who has, for twenty-five years, been working on the problem of men who tend to urinate in public. The solution is an undulating wall that sprays the urine back on the offending peer.
"The jet of pee is rather oblique. If it meets a sloping surface it is sent back to the trousers," says Etienne.
Make sure to visit the Toilet Museum(there is mention of talking urinal cakes).
Did you know there is an in-car toilet available?
Here is a history of the toilet.
Toilets from around the world.
And, if you intend to visit them, here is how to ask where toilets are all over the world.
Get some custom printed toilet paper here.
Celebrity toilet shots.
Learn how to care for you toilet at Toiletology 101.
Toilet night lights to help you aim in the dark.
Crochet a toilet paper cover for that special holiday gift!
Take a look at Mr. Toilets bowl of a home.
Pick up some ShitBeGone, 100% recycled toilet paper!
And if you like that, you will love this composting toilet.
If it isn't here, it should be at Toilet Nation.
Now, I have done all I can. May your toilets flush well and may you pee in peace.