Some of the boulevard medians in Milwaukee, Wisconsin have 8-10 ft deep bunkers with toilets in them, originally installed in the 1930s as a convenience for city workers who were out and about all day without access to a toilet.
Alexander Cumming was an inventor and the first person to patent a flush toilet in 1775. Cumming included an s-trap in the design to prevent sewer gasses from entering the building through the toilet. Modern toilets still incorporate this design.
Four high-school students in the ‘70s are the reason we no longer have pay toilets in America. They created an organization called CEPTIA, and were able to successfully lobby against the issue. 8 years later, pay toilets were all but nonexistent throughout the US.
In Hong Kong, all new buildings must have at least two women’s toilets for every men’s toilet. Researchers say women take longer than men on average as they use toilets rather than urinals.
As part of its ‘Toilet Revolution’, a campaign to improve sanitary conditions across the country, China has been installing dispensers with facial recognition technology in order to fight the stealing and overuse of toilet paper.
Most toilets in Hong Kong are flushed with seawater in order to conserves the city’s scarce freshwater resources.
75% of Japanese homes have a hi-tech toilet and the latest models eliminate the need for TP, keep you warm, check your blood pressure, play running-water sounds to increase privacy and open and close automatically so you don’t have to touch anything.
There are people whose hobby is documenting toilets and urinals across the U.S. So-called “toilet aficionados”, they spent years studying toilets and are responsible for tens of thousands of videos and pictures floating around online.
There is a public toilet on a busy sidewalk, made of 1-way mirrors, in London.
Japanese women would keep flushing continuously to mask the sound of them urinating and so devices were introduced which would keep producing the sound of flushing after activation in almost all the public restrooms.