Unusual and interesting toilets from all around the world.

Toilets of the World

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

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
William Randolph Hearst was an amazingly influential man. Teddy Roosevelt wanted a war, and Hearst's newspapers gave it to him by driving public opinion to support the war with Spain in 1898. But Hearst, like any man, still needed ordinary toilets and sinks.

This is one of the many guest bathrooms at Hearst's mountaintop estate at San Simeon along the California coast. He continually designed, built, re-designed, and re-built the complex over the period from 1919 through 1947.

Guests using these guest rooms and baths included Winston Churchill, Calvin Coolidge, and Franklin Roosevelt, along with many Hollywood figures.
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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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