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
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?

Seatless Toilets

Who Took The Seat? Sometimes you will find that a toilet is missing its seat. I don't mean a squat toilet, but a raised porcelain commode that has holes for mounting a seat and lid but has neither. It seems to need a seat, but the seat is missing. Why does the owner do this? It's for hygiene. Toilets can be much cleaner without seats.

How are you going to use a raised porcelain commode style toilet with no seat?

Toilet seats are made of relatively soft and somewhat porous plastic or painted wood. That soft, porous surface provides plenty of opportunity for dirt and microorganisms to take hold, and it is nearly impossible to get it completely clean.

The bowl itself, however, is vitreous. That is, glass-like. A toilet bowl is extremely hard and non-porous. The outer surface of the bowl is a ceramic glaze that has been fired or baked to convert it to a material similar to glass.

You can be about as harsh or aggressive as you want, mechanically or chemically, in cleaning a toilet bowl.

Meanwhile the entirely non-porous glass-like surface provides no place for microorganisms to hide. So where do you sit? On the rim of the bowl, of course!

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Today's Featured Plumbing
This bidet and sink in l'Hôtel de Médicis in Paris is just like that in the room directly above, the room occupied by Jim Morrison in 1970 and 1971.

L'Hôtel de Médicis was a traditional family-owned small hotel in the Latin Quarter in Paris, just south of the Sorbonne.

By 2009 the family had given up the hotel business and l'Hôtel de Médicis was gone. But not before I stayed there and photographed its plumbing!
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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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