Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Toilet Replacement Lids - Why toilet seat liners are totally pointless - This Old Toilet - 650-483-1139

Totally pointless.

ARE you one of those people who always grabs a paper liner before sitting down on the loo? Surely, you do so to prevent catching a disease from someone else’s, er, splashes that may be left on the toilet seat.
Well, turns out, those liners may have more to do with providing comfort and reassurance to the user than actually doing anything to prevent disease, says infectious disease specialist Dr. William Schaffner, M.D., a professor of preventive medicine at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
“That’s because toilet seats are not a vehicle for the transmission of any infectious agents — you won’t catch anything,” Schaffner explains.
Toilet seats were once thought to be a way of transmitting gastrointestinal or sexually transmitted infections, but that idea has since been refuted in research.
Basically, the reason why those liners exist is because of toilets’ inherent “ick” factor, he says.
That’s not to say that there aren’t disease-causing bacteria — such as E. coli and streptococcus — on a toilet seat. But as Dr. Philip Tierno points out to Everyday Health , the skin on our behinds serves as an effective, protective barrier.
What does help to tamp down on the spread of gastrointestinal illness is hand-washing.
After all, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that using good old soap and water to wash your hands could lower diarrhoeal disease-related deaths as much as 50 percent. (To properly wash your hands, wet them with water, apply soap, and then lather and scrub for at least 20 seconds before rinsing with water.)
Want to know more about why most of us shouldn’t be too concerned about letting our bare hineys come into contact with a bare toilet seat? Watch the video below.

Should You Hover Or Cover The Toilet Seat?

This article originally appeared on The Huffington Post .
by Amanda L. Chan

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Toilet Replacement Lids - A Startling Number of Americans Use Social Media in the Toilet - This Old Toilet - 650-483-1139

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This Toilet Tuesday is best experienced on a waterproof mobile device:
Few things are more infuriating than waiting to use a public restroom because the current occupant is cooking a ham inside (or whatever it is that's taking forever). But the next time you're in loo limbo, know that your bladder pain is not for nothing: The person barricaded behind the door is probably making*very important* updates to Twitter and Facebook accounts.
That's the annoying conclusion of a recent survey indicating nearly one-third of young Americans use social media in the bathroom. After querying 200,000 Internet users, media-research companies Nielsen and NM Incite found that 32 percent of people aged 18 to 24 use the call of nature as an opportunity to call up their social networks. Old fogies – otherwise known as people between 35 and 44 – did so less frequently, with only 15 percent of respondents admitting to shameful acts like "friending" an old church acquaintance while defecating.
Toilet-based tweeting is likely to increase in the future, the survey suggests, as 37 percent more Americans are using social-networking sites this year than in 2011. Deirdre Bannon, a vice president of "social-media solutions" at NM Incite,described the findings in what I like to think was a tone of utter disdain but no doubt wasn't: "Social media is truly everywhere in people's lives.... We are literally taking our phones with us to the bathroom and connecting on social media."
The lines outside women's bathrooms are often abysmally long. But did you know that men find using public facilities more stressful?
So says University of London researcher Sarah Moore, author of the 2012 British Journal of Criminology paper "Spaces of Male Fear: The Sexual Politics of Being Watched." After an intensive undercover operation and focus groups, Moore concluded that behind the all-business milieu of England's public lavatories was high-tension psychosis and explosive rage. "For women, public toilets are often convivial places, offering up the possibility to make friends and socialise," the study explained. "But for males, the most significant problem was the co-presence of other men and the possibility of violence if a breach of toilet etiquette occurred."
Moore turned up men who became such nervous wrecks in shared bathrooms that they were unable to complete their biological prerogative. What are these perceived "breaches" everyone's stressed about? Making eye contact is one: It could suggest you're a voyeuristic sketchball. According to the Daily Star, Moore's research has uncovered three "unwritten laws of the loo." They are:
NEVER catch ­someone else’s eye.

NEVER draw ­attention to yourself.

NEVER squeeze in next to someone else – unless it is the last space available.
Have you ever used the toilet but then forgotten how to dispose of the waste inside? Quick, give a call to the corporate "help desk" at CQ Roll Call. They are really, really good about conveying proper flushing procedures.
According to a memo obtained by Media Bistro, the brass at the esteemed congressional-news outlet are concerned that employees are harming "very expensive toilet flushing valves." The problem is that some people are flushing the toilets with their feet, either to avoid germs or to train for a high-octane soccer match (I'm looking at you, Morton Kondracke). Here's the memo:
Please do not kick the toilet handle, or even use your feet, to flush the toilet. This notice is being sent because Brookfield has had to replace very expensive toilet flushing valves on the 7th floor due to misuse. I would like to take this time to remind staff that the flush valves in the restrooms are not designed to be flushed with your feet. Using your feet can/will damage the flush valve resulting in expensive repairs. If you do not want to touch the toilet handle, please use toilet paper, paper towels, etc., but not your feet. If you have questions, or would like more detail, please feel free to let us know.
Top photo courtesy of George Dolgikh on Shutterstock.
by John Metcalfe


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Toilet Replacement Lids - Toilet novelties at Burning Man - This Old Toilet - 650-483-1139

Born out of frustration in attempts to find the portapotties at night, the Bathroom Beacons Project helps light your way to bowel and bladder utopia. The Toilet Bowl is one of the project’s installations and has a sign illuminated high above the portapotties to indicate the presence of restrooms nearby. Upon arrival at The Toilet Bowl bathroom seekers are pleasantly surprised to find a two-lane, regulation size bowling alley equipped with a shoe rental counter and classic alley seats.

The Toilet Bowl was inspired by classic American bowling alleys from the 1940s. The Toilet Bowl sign is a replica of The Wagon Wheel Bowling Alley sign in Oxnard, CA. Similar to classic alleys in the 1940s, there is an overlay ball return and manual pin re-racking. However, unlike the classic bowling alleys, the lanes are trimmed in lights and the consoles run The Big Lebowski on repeat all night.