The Minor Battle Between the Sexes
Should the toilet seat be left up or down? Of course, it's not really about a seat, it's about control. The toilet seat is one area where some women can feel in control over their mates, and, however unreasonable, insist on having their way. A guy walks in the bathroom and raises or lowers the seat as needed, without saying a word about it or making it an issue.
Two ways to solve the seat up or down conflict:
• If you don't like the person you share the bath with, are annoyed by something they do, or want to feel in control over them, then bitch at them for not leaving the seat just the way you prefer it.
• If you love someone, care about them, and feel good about yourself, then just put the seat up or down as you prefer and go about your business.
A better solution is so simple: Install urinals in the home. A urinal allows a man to pee standing up and both genders use the toilet for sitting - the lid stays down.
I installed urinals in the home office in 2000 and in the house in 2004.
Far right: More public bathrooms ought to have both a toilet and a urinal - solving the messy seat up or down issue.
The absolute worst color for a urinal screen
This is better:
Which urinal would you avoid:
Better urinal placement
Proper piss etiquette was probably established when two cavemen went to the same tree to pee. The etiquette is that the two men are to stand as far away from each other as is plumbingly possible. That means if there are 3 urinals, its absolutely mandatory that two men use the outer two urinals. But, too many architects put the boy's size on the outside, forcing the second man to decide whether to stand at the Man urinal next to the first man (inappropriate) or pee into the boy's urinal and risk wetting the wall (unsanitary). A simple solution is shown in the images below - install the boy version in the middle, in an alternating pattern: MbMbM. The boy may feel self-conscious but how often have you seen a kid standing at the urinal? Please tell all the architects you know to design public restrooms in this format starting tomorrow morning (or by the weekend, at the latest). Men everywhere will thank you.
Left: Almost, but this MMbMb pattern still pits two Men unrinals next to each other. Better pattern: M b M b M
Right: Now this is just rude and inconsiderate. The architect here designed a generous stall area to move the two men farther apart (good etiquette) but had one urinal installed too close to the other one (bad etiquette). There is even wasted space between the stall and the sink counter. Both urinals could have had generous standing area.
This may be the most famous urinal in history
This scandalous work was a porcelain urinal, which was signed R.Mutt and titled Fountain.
Submitted for the exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists, New York City, in 1917 by Marcel Duchamp, Fountain was rejected by the committee, even though the rules stated that all works would be accepted from artists who paid the fee. The piece was later displayed and photographed at Alfred Stieglitz's studio, but the original has been lost. The work is regarded by some art historians as a major landmark in 20th-century art. Replicas commissioned by Duchamp in the 1960s are now on display in a number of different museums, like in MoMA, above.
This bathroom is in the New Museum in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. So beautiful that the bathroom is even named after the donors. I hope that's the reason - maybe this is their private restroom and I shouldn't have been in there.
What a great idea for homes without urinals - this allows the user to raise the seat with their foot and not have to touch the seat with the hand. Saw this in the restroom at IKEA.
This just makes so much sense - a sink built on top of a urinal. You use the urinal, then wash your hands and the washwater rinses the urinal, saving water. It makes even more sense in multiple units in men's rooms, saving both space and water. From the designer: To save water, Eco Urinal uses the water that was used for washing hands to flush the urine. We don't have to use water twice after using the urinal. Moreover, it reduces the establishment's expenses by optimizing the materials and floor space. The sink base is made of glass - to provide a clear view for users. It also promotes hand washing since people need to wash their hands to flush the urinal.
Any 'yucky' factor is tempered with the current system of yucky germs in the sink. (Better: the back of the urinal should not be flat as that causes direct back-splash on to the user's pants.)
Far right: The combo Eco Urinal makes more sense than a waterless urinal and probably saves as much water. Gray water use never looked so good.
Why do we use clean water to flush wastes?