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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?

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
Notice the footpads on this toilet on board a Latvian passenger train. This passenger car was built in Russia during the days of the Soviet Union, when rail cars provided squatters for passengers from Central Asian Soviet republics.

Lower the seat and it's a raised throne. With the seat up, as seen here, it's an elevated squatter.

The tricky part is balancing on those foot pads as the train sways and bounces along poorly maintained rail lines! See the dedicated train toilet page for many examples from railroads around the world.
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Bob Cromwell seated on the ancient public toilets in Ephesus.

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