Unusual and interesting toilets from all around the world.

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Where do I put used toilet paper?
In the bowl or in the bin?

Do you know what to do with used toilet paper? If you start to say "Of course! You always put it in the...", then you are wrong! It varies from one country to the next, and sometimes it varies within a country. In some places you put it into the toilet and in other places it goes into a dedicated rubbish bin. Maybe you're anxiously looking this up on your smart phone while sitting on a toilet.

If so, look around you and see if there's a small rubbish container within arm's reach, probably lined with a plastic bag. Peep in there and see if it already contains used toilet paper. If so, put your paper there.

If there's no rubbish bin in sight, or if you're in the U.S., Canada, or Northwestern Europe, drop it in the toilet and hope for the best. For more details, keep reading!

Toilet paper should not be put into most squat toilets, as they are usually plumbed into systems not intended to handle paper. Squat toilets are common in countries in which water is the preferred personal cleaning method.

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Today's Featured Toilet
This pair of pit toilets is just below the summit of Mount Sinai in Egypt.

These don't date back to the time of Moses, thought to be around 1450-1400, they are for today's visitors.

See my description of spending the night on Mount Sinai and watching the sun rise. Then read about Šulak, the Babylonian Lurker of the Latrine, and other Old Testament era teachings about toilet hygiene.
Check back tomorrow for another featured toilet!
Who is the Toilet Guru?
Bob Cromwell seated on the ancient public toilets in Ephesus.

Who is the Toilet Guru? Is he obsessed? What is it like to be the Toilet Guru? How did Yahoo describe him? Why does this site exist?

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