The World Toilet Association says the lack of proper toilet facilities kills almost two million people a year.
Most of these 1.8 million deaths occur in Asia. Inadequate sanitation hits children especially high, with 90 percent of the deaths occurring in children under five.
The United Nations has designated 2008 the Year of the Toilet in an effort to improve sanitation in developing nations.
“The funding needed is not overwhelmingly large, but the return is immense,” said Vanessa Tobin of U.N. children’s agency UNICEF. “Political support is extremely important. Advocacy for this issue is a high priority.”
According to the United Nations, spending $10 billion a year could halve the proportion of people without basic toilet facilities by 2015, and Tobin said this investment would net an estimated $84 billion in savings from improved public health and better living conditions.
The Great John Toilet Company builds an over-sized toilet to provide a more comfortable experience for larger people. The height of this toilet is between 16.5 and 18 inches. The seats are also extra-elongated and extra-wide. The toilet can be installed in new construction and as a replacement for an existing toilet.
Former pit mechanic Paul Stender rolled up his sleeves and turned out a jet-powered port-a-potty. It can’t actually be used as a toilet, but it will get you down the highway pretty quickly.
Powered by a 50-year-old, 750-pound Boeing jet turbine that Stender bought for $5,000, the “Port-O-Jet” can top 46 mph with a tailwind. “It’s not real aerodynamic,” he allows.
The driver sits on the original seat and looks through a hole in the door.
NASA has signed a $46 million contract with Russia’s S. P. Korolev Rocket and Space Public Corporation, for a new toilet on the International Space Station.
The toilet system is similar to one in use in the station’s Zvezda Service Module and will be used for the planned expansion from three to six crew members in 2009. The system will be able to automatically transfer urine to a U.S. device that can generate potable water.
Cintas is presenting the America’s Best Restroom Award VI. The five finalists are Catch 31, Virginia Beach, VA; Fandangles’, Flushing, MI; Jungle Jim’s International Market, Fairfield, OH; Mix Lounge at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV and Vermont Marble Exhibit, Proctor, VT.
Voting ends July 31 and the winner will be announced in August. Our favorite is the entrance to the Jungle Jim’s restroom which is made to look like a porta-potty.
From the celebrity toilet file we find that, according to the Internet Movie Database, Susan Sarandon has her Oscar for Dead Man Walking displayed in a bathroom.
This gem consists of a green base and a goal with a soccer ball on a string. The Pee Goal fits inside a urinal and the player takes aim. It also keeps cigarette butts out of the urinal drain.
Nature’s Call urinals are each individually crafted to resemble a flower. The unique urinals are made from high-fire porcelain and can take up to a year to dry. The urinals are priced from $3500 to $9500.
Seat up or down? This problem tests the limits of many a marriage. Well, now a paper addresses the issue and determines what scenario for toilet seat operation most benefits marital harmony.
It is notable that John and Marsha each advocates a strategy that benefits them. This is predictable under game theory. However the conflict over strategies has a cost M in marital discord that is greater than the cumulative cost of toilet seat transfers. It behooves John and Marsha, therefore, to adopt a strategy that minimizes M.
The new $29 CitiKitty toilet training system for cats promises to have your feline potty trained in weeks. The CitiKitty is a training seat that replaces the litter box and sits on the toilet. After a cat begins using the new seat with kitty litter, internal ringer are slowly removed to finally expose an open toilet.