Unusual and interesting toilets from all around the world.

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Toilets of world leaders, artists, and authors: The Ottoman Sultan Woodrow Wilson Leon Trotsky Winston Churchill Adolf Hitler Dwight Eisenhower Robert Kennedy William Shakespeare Edgar Allan Poe Vincent Van Gogh Jim Morrison Lady Gaga
Answers for your important questions: Did Thomas Crapper invent the flush toilet? Should I squat or sit? Should I wipe or wash? Where do I put used paper, in the bowl or in the bin? When did public toilets become segregated by sex? What is a bidet? What is a toilet snorkel? Should I incinerate my sewage in the basement?

Wipe or Wash?
Paper or Water?

"Squat or sit?" is probably the biggest toilet question for international travelers, especially for Americans. That may be the case partly because Americans don't even know that they need to also ask this question: What do the locals use to clean themselves, and therefore what will they provide for me: Toilet paper or water?

Imagine that you are an American traveling overseas.

You check into a hotel, only to discover that you don't have a shower or tub in your room. Nor is there one down the hallway.

Quickly, you go back downstairs to the front desk.

You inquire at the front desk about where you should take a shower, and the desk clerk is horrified that you would want to do such a thing.

You are told that what you should do is rub dry paper all over your body. That is the very best way of getting clean. Spraying water on your body would be a dirty practice! Don't behave that way in our hotel!

OK, now you know how everyone else feels when they hear an American say that toilet paper is extremely clean but using water is a filthy practice.

Read more about cleaning yourself with toilet paper and water »

Today's Featured Toilet
Some Turkish toilets are raised porcelain commodes, like many (but not all!) those found on trains and in hotels and restaurants catering to foreign visitors. Turkish raised commodes typically have a somewhat intrusive copper tube providing cleaning water, as seen here.

Turkish squat toilets are accompanied by a water spigot and a small bucket or pitcher, which for mysterious reasons is almost always red.

Turks have traditionally used water for cleaning, with tissue paper only provided rarely for drying oneself. But a recent trend has rolls of toilet paper appearing throughout Turkey.
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Bob Cromwell seated on the ancient public toilets in Ephesus.

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