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  1. business
    President Trump Is Wrong — Toilets Are Good Now“People are flushing toilets ten times, 15 times, as opposed to once,” the president said. But low-flow toilets have come a long way.
  2. Scottish Politician Who Shut Down Public Restrooms Gets Caught Peeing in PublicWonder why there were no bathrooms available. 
  3. gross things
    Brooklyn Dentist Sues ‘Flushable’ Wipe Companies for Clogging His PipesSeriously, don’t flush those things.
  4. neighborhood news
    City Closes Washington Square Toilets, Parkgoers Must Keeping Using StarbucksRegulars miss the bathrooms they found too gross to use.
  5. rand management
    New Toilet Offered to Senator Rand Paul“Perhaps it will change his life like it has changed mine.”
  6. bons mots
    We Do Not Want to Know What Rand Paul EatsHe needs to flush ten times.
  7. fears come true
    What to Do If You Find a Rat in Your ToiletRuuuuuuunnnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!!
  8. j-vanka
    Jared Kushner and Ivanka Have His-and-Her SinksOf course they do.
  9. animanhattan
    Snakes on a Plane ToiletHow did it get to a nineteenth-floor apartment?
  10. anxiety-inducing studies
    You Have a Limited Amount of Time in Which to Have SexThe clock is ticking.
  11. fearmongering
  12. everyday things that might kill you
    Bored? It Could Kill You!Good gracious!
  13. fearmongering
    Breaking: You Can Be Obese Without Even Knowing ItThink you’re thin? THINK AGAIN.
  14. everyday things that might kill you
    The Silent But Deadly Danger That’s Under Your Bum Right NowIt’s not what you think!
  15. neighborhood news
    Williamsburg Toilets Clogged by MopsLandlords not happy.
  16. gross
    Charmin Is Offering a Disgusting, High-Paying Holiday GigDo you really enjoy pooping? No, we mean REALLY enjoy it?
  17. why they hate us
    Toilets of TerrorAn incident at Citi Field sheds light on the commode’s dark history.
  18. neighborhood news
    Sweet Relief! Public Toilets in Union Square Are ImminentThe city is skimping on some projects, but at least they’re leaving us our toilets.
  19. in other news
    The ‘Times’ Is Back on the Toilet BeatLike you, we go to the New York Times for the thoughtfully written and fastidiously reported coverage of the most important issues in New York and our world. Unlike other media outlets, the Times doesn’t pander to popular tastes: It brings you news you should know, rather than news you want to know. Which is why we’re pleased that the paper of record has added to its coverage of poverty and genocide another topic that has heretofore gone tragically undercovered: the public toilets of New York. Last week, the paper lingered over the details and craftsmanship of the city’s new pay-per-use public toilets: “There are two architectural flourishes, both on the roof: a small pyramid of glass, like a little model of the Louvre, and an anachronistic metal stovepipe, reminiscent of a cozy shanty or an old outhouse with a crescent moon carved into the door,” the paper mused, then went on to note: “But no one goes to a bathroom to look at it.” And what a shame that is, someone must have decided, because over the weekend, two reporters traveled around the city to examine some of New York’s older public toilets, and found that perhaps, some these facilities have been undervalued. Such as the bathroom in the New York Public Library: Located in a small carved stone building, the restrooms have a large bouquet of sunflowers, Casablanca lilies and eucalyptus in a stone vase near the entrance. They smell beautiful. The bathroom stalls in the women’s room are unusually wide, about eight inches wider than the usual economy-class stalls found in most public restrooms. A sign above a red button reads, “Push RED button for a new, clean toilet seat cover.” A push, and the cover appears. And at the St. Regis: The lighting fixtures are crystal and the faucets polished brass. A red flowering plant smells sweet. No one else is there. Don’t have time to visit these architectural wonders yourself? There’s a slideshow of them on the. Times Website. Alas, it is not scent-enabled. Less Hype, But At Least These Restrooms Are Free [NYT]
  20. in other news
    ‘Times,’ Toilet Meet CuteWhen we heard about futuristic new self-cleaning public toilets that the city unveiled, we went right to our favorite sources for this type of coverage. “WHAT A RELIEF,” the Daily News said, under a headline that read: “AND A-WEE WE GO” The Post led with “Helle-LOO-jah,” and a headline of “TOILET IS GOOD TO ‘GO.’” But imagine our surprise when we found that the best write-up of all was in the New York Times. They go through the experience of using the toilet in detail, in a style that can only be described as architectural-review-meets-anthropological-study: There are two architectural flourishes, both on the roof: a small pyramid of glass, like a little model of the Louvre, and an anachronistic metal stovepipe, reminiscent of a cozy shanty or an old outhouse with a crescent moon carved into the door… Sadly, these little surprises are forgotten with the first look at the toilet itself, an imposing, metal, cold-looking receptacle in the corner. There is no little stall around it, and so it looks exposed, like the facilities available in many prisons. It, too, is quite damp, for perfectly good reasons explained later, but the image first evokes a dungeon or a scene from one of the Saw pictures.
  21. the follow-up
    Doing the Butt You may or may not have caught the controversy we like to call Butts Over Broadway. See, an ad campaign was planned for Toto Washlet, a Japanese-made toilet that, essentially, does the wiping for you, and it included a Broadway billboard showing big, happy, and presumably clean and paper-free butts. Thing is, the billboard was to go on a building that houses a church, and the church’s minister successfully sought a restraining ordering preventing the ad from going up. But there’s one thing being ignored in all this: Never mind the ongoing battles of church and butt; what’s a Washlet like? Fortunately, New York is here for you. Stephen Milioti reviewed the Washlet for the mag back in December. His poster-worthy verdict? “The Washlet will make you forget toilet paper forever!” There’s much more explanation in the piece. Open Water [NYM] In Billboard for Bidet, Church Sees Times Square’s Seedy Past [NYT]
  22. intel
    We’re Losing the Portable-Toilet Naming Contest New Yorkers are always trying to be cleverer-than-thou, even when it comes to naming their portable toilets. The city is awash in portalets from companies called “A Royal Flush” and “Call-A-Head.” But we’ve got nothing on the rest of the country. We consulted The Blue Book of Building and Construction to find the top twenty unfortunately named portable-toilet companies from near and far: 20. Happy Can Portable Toilets, Atlanta 19. Drop Zone Portable Service Inc., Frankfort, Ill. 18. Blackmas Best Seat In The House Inc., Bradley, Ill. 17. Plop Jon Inc., Port Saint Lucie, Fla. 16. A.S.A.P. Port-A-Pots Inc., Hampstead, Md. 15. Ameri-Can Engineering, Argos, Ind. 14. Bobby’s Pottys, Joppa, Md. 13. Johnny On The Spot Inc., Old Bridge, N.J. 12. LepreCAN Portable Restrooms, Chicago 11. Loader-Up, Inc., Sarasota, Fla. 10. Mister Bob’s Portable Toilets, Vero Beach, Fla. 9. Royal Throne, Washington, D.C. 8. Tanks Alot, Tomball, Tex. 7. Tee Pee Inc, Roseville, Mich. 6. Wizards of Ooze Ltd., Anacortes, Wash. 5. Oui Oui Enterprises Ltd., Chicago 4. Gotta Go Potties, Tobyhanna, Pa. 3. UrinBiz.com, Chicago 2. Willy Make It?, Oregon City, Oreg. 1. Doodie Calls, New Orleans — Andrew Adam Newman