Unusual and interesting toilets from all around the world.

Toilets of the World

Squat Toilets and Raised Commodes

This is the biggest toilet question in the minds of most international travelers. For some potential travelers, especially Americans, it may be the biggest question of all and a large part of what keeps them from traveling out of their fear of the different and the unfamiliar:

When I visit that country, what will the toilets be like?

Will they be squat toilets, pans in the floor?

Or will they be raised commodes, like porcelain chairs?

For absolutely everything I have on the topic of toilets, arranged on a country by country basis, see my collection of international toilets. But allow me to attempt to summarize the distributions of squatters and commodes, of pans and thrones:

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Today's Featured Plumbing
Skylab was the U.S. space station in the 1970s. An additional unit was built and could have been orbited if funding hadn't been cut, it's now in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.

This is Skylab's Waste Management Compartment. The square opening into the bulkhead at right is the Wash Basin. The white oval plastic device and the surrounding plumbing are the Waste Collection Facilities.

My page of Spacecraft Toilets includes toilet systems from the Soviet/Russian Mir (or Мир) and Soyuz (or Союз), and urine and fecal collection systems from Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing, from the early Mercury program, and the later Space Shuttle.
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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? Why does this site exist?

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