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Things to know about the toilet

  • A gender separation is so typical for public toilets that a pictogram that shows a man and a woman separated by a line is usually interpreted as an indication of a public toilet, although the pictogram itself does not show a toilet.
  • In a so-called Unisex toilet no separation by gender is provided. Here, in order to save space, only one room with toilets is usually made available for men and women (e.g. on the train or in a mobile toilet, usually with labeling 00 or WC).
  • Occasionally you will find a bidet next to the toilet in which you can wash the anus and genitals.
  • Urinals or channels for urinating are common in public men's toilets. However, they are rarely found in private households.
  • Public toilets often require payment for their use.
  • In frequently frequented toilets (e.g. in train stations, restaurants or university buildings), so-called toilet sayings are often written on the inside walls of the cabin.
  • One can often be found in Japanese toilets Otohime, this is a small loudspeaker that is supposed to drown out body noises. Italian toilets, on the other hand, usually have a fan that removes body odors.
  • Not all countries have a well-developed sewer system, so in many southern countries it is not desirable to flush the toilet paper down; rather, a garbage can near the toilet is used for this. Sometimes toilet paper is uncommon, in which case there is often only a hose with water available.
  • People who suffer from the phobia paruresis are afraid of urinating in public toilets, and there are similar fears when defecating ("rhypophobia").
  • Latrine slogans are rumors based on conversations on toilets. The word comes from the language of the soldiers, since at the septic tank or latrine there all crew levels met for joint emptying.
  • For reasons of hygiene, squat toilets are used in India and Muslim countries. When the locals are forced to use a sit-down toilet, they do so by standing on the toilet seat and taking a squatting position. This leads to their contamination and unusability for the following. In the case of permanent abuse, scratches occur that make proper use no longer possible. This is a particular problem in UAE public toilets.
  • In Arab countries, sit-down toilets are always equipped with a water hose for personal hygiene and superficial cleaning of the toilet, as well as a rubbish bin. Wetting the surrounding area with water often attracts vermin (cockroaches) because of the resulting warm, humid climate. The trash can is used to collect used toilet paper that will not be flushed down the toilet, as the sewage systems in these countries are not designed for this and would consequently clog.
  • There are also water hoses for personal hygiene in Finland.
  • In industrialized countries, so-called scented flushers containing cloister stones are often found on the edge of the toilet bowl. They are supposed to mask unpleasant smells by emitting fragrances and, under certain conditions, increase hygiene.
  • Blue light is often used in public toilets to make it difficult for drug addicts to find the veins while injecting hard drugs.
  • In 2001 the World Toilet Organization was founded with the aim of improving the hygienic conditions of toilets worldwide. World Toilet Day also comes from her.
  • In parts of the Middle East, the use of the toilet in a mosque is reserved for men. Even in restaurants, including those with so-called family compartments, there are often no ladies' toilets. In 2006, the first public ladies' toilet opened in the bazaar district of the northern Iraqi city of Erbil.
  • "Interklo" is the nickname of the sanitary fair that occupies the entire exhibition center in Frankfurt am Main.
  • The proverb Pecunia non olet, Money doesn't stink has its origin in a Roman latrine tax.


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