Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Replacement Toilet Lids and Seats - Gold toilet in the Guggenheim will have its final flush in September - This Old Toilet 800-658-4521

Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan designed the gold throne, and it is installed in a single-occupancy restroom located at the museum. The piece was made as part of an ongoing project at the museum that first opened last year at the same time. The “America” exhibit is modeled after a regular Kohler toilet and was made in Florence, Italy.  
“Cattelan’s toilet offers a wink to the excesses of the art market, but also evokes the American dream of opportunity for all – its utility ultimately reminding us of the inescapable physical realities of our shared humanity,” the Guggenheim announced in a press release for the exhibit.
Basically, you can use the fabulous fixture the same way you use any other toilet at home or in a public restroom. Just make sure you flush after you handle your business.  
There’s always a long line of people waiting to use the lavish loo at the Guggenheim. Some have waited in line for more than an hour just to use the special toilet, and we anticipate the lines will be longer as the closing date approaches.
“More than 100,000 people have waited patiently in line for the opportunity to commune with art and with nature,” said Nancy Spector, the Guggenheim’s artistic director and chief coordinator, on the museum’s website.
So, there it is. Maurizio Cattelan’s “America” exhibit is over in a few weeks. We recommend you get to the Guggenheim and use the prestigious potty as soon as possible before the show ends and the opportunity goes down the drain. 
by Lenyon Whitaker

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Replacement Toilet Lids and Seats - 12 Quirky Public Toilets And Urinals From Around The World - This Old Toilet 800-658-4521

Public toilets and urinals are very important, especially in a country like India, and, if possible, they should be made available at all locations for public convenience. The absence of it not only cause inconvenience to public, but the goal of total cleanliness that the country is attempting to in next few years through PM Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ or Clean India initiative will be achieved only when toilets are built and made available at all locations.
But we will not be talking about the importance of public toilets or urinal sheds or cleanliness here in this post. What we will be talking about is something very interesting – quirky public toilets and urinals from around the world!

1. Netherlands

It seems like men in Netherlands love chatting or talking to each other while they are peeing. These open urinal sheds are everywhere in Netherlands. Indeed one of a kind!

Public toilets

2. Bucharest

Peeing into a mouth? This urinal can be found in B52 Club in Bucharest, Romania.


3. Chongqing in China

This one is in a 1,000-urinal toilet complex in Chongqing, China, that celebrates bathroom culture. The complex spreads over 30,000 square feet, and the four-story public restroom features urinals shaped like curvaceous women, crocodiles and even the Virgin Mary. Crazy!


4. London

This firehouse-themed restroom is can be found in London pub.


5. Austria

Fancy urinals, Aren’t they?


6. Reykjavik, Iceland

OMG! Who are those people? Criminals? Can it get any weirder?


7. China

Seems like the Chinese believe in group hugging. Or, seems like they have no problem seeing each other’s…you know what.


8. Kenya

This is so similar to the Indian ones in the rural areas, right?


9. Seoul, South Korea

An ice gallery in Seoul has an interesting ice bathroom for the tourists. Would be interesting to use once to strike an attractive selfie with it!


10. Japan

Traditionally, Japan, like India, had a squat toilet system. But they have improved a lot and have done great development on hygienic front, and now the country has highly developed toilets with features which require no use of hands or toilet papers. Additionally, they have a brilliant sanitation system to manage the waste materials.
It is said that only 10% of the toilets in Japan are squat toilets today.


11. Malawi

It is said that the situation in Malawi is different (and better) now, and there are many well-developed toilets in the country today thanks to Sustainable Sanitation program.


12. Beijing, China

A bulletproof toilet? Nobody will dare to kill you in the toilet and you can at least do your need peacefully without any disturbance. LOL!


by Stephen Soulunii

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Replacement Toilet Lids and Seats - Weird or Cool: The Toilet Projector for the Poop Emoji Fan - This Old Toilet 800-658-4521

toilet projector

Welcome to Weird or Cool, where we determine if a piece of gear is worth your attention.

Here’s your daily dose of toilet gear humor: If you recently walked into your bathroom, looked into your toilet, and really wished there was a poop emoji giving you a big grin, there’s a gadget out there on Kickstarterknown as the Toilet Projector from a company called IllumiBowl. To answer your question, it's exactly what it sounds like (but no, you can't watch Netflix with it).

Slightly different than a night light that you have to plug into an outlet, you can stick the IllumiBowl creation to the lid of your throne like you would a wall hook with an adhesive backing, and then cast the emoji of your choice down into your stool. IllumiBowl's calling it "the world's 1st toilet night light projector."

by Guy Wisdom

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Replacement Toilet Lids and Seats - Study: Your Kitchen Sponge Has More Germs Than Your Toilet - This Old Toilet 800-658-4521

Colorful cleaners or nightclubs for bacteria? (Photo: Shutterstock)

Do you wash your dishes in the toilet? In a study published in Scientific Reports, researchers from Germany showed just how germy 14 different used kitchen sponges actually were with more bacteria than typically found in the toilet. I say typical because you know the common saying, "different people, different toilets."
The team from Justus–Liebig–University Giessen (Massimiliano Cardinale and Sylvia Schnell), German Research Center for Environmental Health (Tillmann Lueders), and Furtwangen University (Dominik Kaiser and Markus Egert) used 454–pyrosequencing of 16S rRNA genes and fluorescence in situ hybridization coupled with confocal laser scanning microscopy (FISH–CLSM) to analyze the bacteria content of used kitchen sponges including those that are regularly "cleaned". (I know what you are thinking, it's been a while since you've used pyrosequencing, fluorescence in situ hybridization, and confocal laser scanning microscopy together.) They found not one, not two, but 362 different types of bacteria. And many of these are not just benign, friendly bacteria. Five of the 10 most frequently detected bacteria species had "pathogenic potential." In other words, they could cause problems and disease in humans, i.e., you. Yes, your kitchen sponge is a huge and shady nightclub for bacteria.

Like a nightclub, regular cleaning may help but many sponge owners don't seem to be cleaning their sponges adequately. Microwaving or boiling the sponge in the laboratory helped significantly reduce the sheer amount of bacteria. However, the researchers found that sponges that the sponge owners claimed were regularly cleaned did not contain less bacteria than uncleaned ones. This is another example of the adage, just because something (or someone) doesn't look dirty doesn't mean that it isn't.

If you have a stinky sponge, then you may want to blame Moraxella osloensis. This stinky bacteria is often responsible for making laundry smell and appeared abundantly in the sponges. Interestingly, the researchers found that boiling or microwaving the sponges could even increase the load of Moraxella osloensis, probably by killing off other better smelling bacteria and allowing the Moraxella more room to reproduce at the bar of the to speak. While Moraxella osloensis is not a common cause of infections in humans, there have been cases.

Washing your pots and pans doesn't clean your kitchen sponge. (Photo: Shutterstock)
Why would your kitchen sponge have more bacteria than your toilet? After all, don't you poop in your toilet and not your kitchen sink? (Please don't provide any other answer than yes.) Well, unless you prepare food and eat often while on the toilet, you handle a wider variety of substances like food and rubbish more frequently in your kitchen, while also touching yourself. Moreover, as studies have shown and hand hygiene warnings have emphasized, you may not be washing your hands as regularly or as correctly as you should before, during, and after food preparation. Additionally, there is generally more traffic in your kitchen than your bathroom...traffic meaning different people rather than cars and trucks. Your bacteria-laden and dirty family and friends (because that's what they are) bring more contamination to the kitchen than nearly any other location in your apartment or house.

What should you do then about the stinky nightclub of bacteria that is resting besides your kitchen sink? First, don't freak out. No matter how lonely you may feel at certain times, you are never alone. Bacteria is everywhere, although they may not be very talkative or like Netflix. Secondly, wash your hands regularly and properly. Third, clean your sponge regularly and properly, such as boiling your sponge, microwaving it on high, or soaking it in bleach (a quarter to half of a teaspoon of concentrated bleach per quart of warm, not hot water) for at least a minute. A Michigan State University web site includes some tips on how to do this such wetting your sponge and removing any metal before you microwave it so it doesn't catch fire or explode (both of which are bad).  The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommendscleaning your sponge daily. Fourth, replace your sponge frequently, even if it looks OK. You can't see bacteria but they can see you. While cleaning your sponge regularly properly can help the bacteria count down, you should still replace your sponge regularly. The researchers recommended once a week while others (such as a microbiologist in an article in Self) have said about once a month, which is probably more frequent than you currently replace your sponge. Somewhere in this range is probably reasonable, depending on how often you use the sponge, whether you regularly clean the sponge, and what you do with it. Finally, if your sponge smells, just throw it away. Moraxella osloensis stinks.

by Bruce Lee

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Replacement Toilet Lids and Seats - Past times: When a Hollywood actor got stuck in a toilet - This Old Toilet 800-658-4521

Actor Tyrone Power who got stuck in a toilet in Sharnford

Actor Tyrone Power who got stuck in a toilet in Sharnford

Hollywood A-lister locks himself in toilet

Some years ago, Sharnford was delighted and honoured to play host to the world-famous film star, Tyrone Power.
At the time the Mark of Zorro star was making a film at Warwick Castle and stopped in Sharnford at the Cosy Café for a meal.
While there he managed to lock himself in the toilet and it was 30 minutes before his shouting alerted someone to his plight.
To everyone’s surprise the actor, who died in 1958 aged 44, was remarkably jovial about the whole incident and considered it marvellous to have been locked in an old fashioned toilet!
by Simon Holden