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Photo Essay: My Observations of Toilets Around the World

Jennifer James | Posted 02.02.2016 | Impact
Jennifer James

When I stepped inside the stall in Kenya I nearly vomited. The smell was overwhelming. Since that jarring experience five years ago I have been slightly obsessed with pit latrines and toilets when I travel to low-and middle-income countries

Why Are Indian kids Smaller Than African kids? Hint: It's Not Race

Sanjay Wijesekera | Posted 01.16.2016 | World
Sanjay Wijesekera

It is 2016. We know what to do and we know how to do it. India's children, and all children around the world, deserve a chance to grow tall and strong and live healthy and productive lives.

This Calculator Shows How Much You Get Paid To Poop (And Pee!) At Work

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 01.08.2016 | Weird News

We reportedly spend an average of 92 days in a lifetime on the toilet and 1.5 years in the bathroom, so we might as well profit from it. Th...

Don't Be Your Office's Pee Werewolf

Evany Thomas | Posted 12.22.2015 | Women
Evany Thomas

So I don't know if this happens at your office, but it's happened at the last three jobs I've worked at: You walk into a stall in the ladies' room, and the seat will be absolutely covered in pee. So much pee, it couldn't possibly be a mistake. The quantity of urine is almost aggressive in its plentitude.

How To 'Clear The Air' After Using The Bathroom

TODAY.com | Adam Goldberg | Posted 12.17.2015 | HuffPost Home

Ever use the bathroom at someone's house only to be embarrassed by the "certain air" you've left behind?...

What To Do When You've Clogged Someone Else's Toilet

TODAY.com | Adam Goldberg | Posted 12.16.2015 | Weird News

Lots of embarrassing things can happen in a bathroom, but none are worse than clogging someone else's toilet!...

How Much Illumination Do We Really Need?

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 12.14.2015 | Comedy
Bil Hitchcock

Over the last few days I have been getting a pop-up ad about illuminated toilets... some light up as you approach... some appear to glow if you whistle a happy tune.

Why Do Public Bathrooms Make Us So Anxious, And Why Aren't We Doing Anything About It?

The Conversation US | Posted 11.20.2015 | Weird News
The Conversation US

American public bathrooms are often designed to make the experience exceedingly uncomfortable. Silence about the issue persists, largely because of cultural taboos that discourage any discussion about alleviating design flaws.

Sanitation Challenge for Ghana's Cities

Patrick Moriarty | Posted 11.22.2015 | Impact
Patrick Moriarty

Average living standards improved while the government managed to halve the rates of poverty, hunger and lack of clean drinking water. Despite this success, one major failure sticks out: sanitation.

Sanitation Financing: An Opportunity to Accelerate an End to Open Defecation

Gary White | Posted 11.19.2015 | Impact
Gary White

As the world leaders set out to determine how to achieve the new ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, we encourage them to explore ensuring access to affordable capital for sanitation solutions for all.

On World Toilet Day, More Than Just Poop Emojis

Sarina Prabasi | Posted 11.19.2015 | Impact
Sarina Prabasi

Some people have suggested that a campaign around poop emojis is superficial. But when it comes to engaging the public on a serious but seemingly far-away problem, we're counting on our poop emoji friends to give us a hand.

On World Toilet Day Reality More Offensive Than Words

Sanjay Wijesekera | Posted 11.21.2015 | World
Sanjay Wijesekera

The world has come a long way. In 1990, nearly half the global population lacked adequate sanitation and 1 in 4 people worldwide (1.3 billion) defecated in the open. In 2015, 68 percent of the global population -- which is now 2 billion higher -- has improved sanitation.

WASH UP! for Universal Children's Day

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 11.19.2015 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Every child has the right to survive and thrive, but for far too many children, this right is denied in the simplest of areas, particularly in the provision of clean, safe, and child-friendly water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services such as toilets.

Women and Toilets. A Tale of Two Worlds.

Ranit Mishori, M.D., MHS | Posted 11.17.2015 | Women
Ranit Mishori, M.D., MHS

The indignity of a missing or dysfunctional toilet has health and personal safety consequences for girls and women, especially during their periods.

Why I Donated a Toilet to Wikipedia

Craig Newmark | Posted 11.04.2015 | Impact
Craig Newmark

This time I'm supporting Wikimedia Foundation by donating a toilet to their headquarters. It's for their gender-neutral bathroom, and it's my third donated latrine.

Et tu, Toilet? Tips for Tackling Tricky Toilets

Wendy E. Simmons | Posted 10.19.2015 | Travel
Wendy E. Simmons

Whether the foe you face is a pit latrine, a hole in the ground, a long drop or squat toilet, a filthy fly-infested outhouse, or just your standard issue loo that's seen better days, here's how to make peace with the enemy.

Here's How Rats End Up In Toilet Bowls

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 08.18.2015 | Science

If you don't like rats, you might want to sit down for this -- but maybe don't sit on the toilet. Intrigued by the question of how rats make it i...

Mobile Showers and Toilets Give Homeless a Clean Slate

NationSwell | Posted 07.24.2015 | Impact
NationSwell

Silas Borden has spent the last five years living on the streets of San Francisco. He's used to making the best with what he has, so when he stumble...

The Power and Potential of Improving Water Efficiency: CaliforniaToilets

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 07.09.2015 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

Debates about water in California, the western U.S., and indeed, worldwide, have traditionally focused on the question of how best to further expand water supply to meet some hypothetical future increase in water demand.

One-Third Of World Doesn't Have A Toilet. Here's What It Will Take To Change That.

AP | KATY DAIGLE | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact

NEW DELHI (AP) — Toilets are taken for granted in the industrialized West, but still are a luxury for a third of the world's people who have no acce...

How to Solve the World's Toilet Problem

Sanjay Wijesekera | Posted 10.29.2015 | Impact
Sanjay Wijesekera

Sanitation is a different story. It is not an exaggeration to say that the one of the biggest health threats children face -- diarrhea -- is precisely due to the fact that 2.4 billion people -- 1 in 3 worldwide -- do not have a good enough place to defecate.

Giant Toilet Clog In Florida Turns Out To Be Alive Iguana

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 06.09.2015 | Weird News

Talk about a crappy way to go. An iguana in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, died Sunday after it was pulled from a toilet, reported ABC affiliate WPLG Lo...

She Pours Coke Into Her Toilet -- You're Going To Freak Out When You See This

LittleThings.com | Posted 06.01.2015 | HuffPost Home
LittleThings.com

Cleaning the toilet is one of the most dreaded household tasks. There's nothing glamorous about it, but if you use Coke, it'll turn the messy chore into a simple task.

Showers and Toilet on Wheels Give Homeless a Clean Slate

NationSwell | Posted 05.28.2015 | Impact
NationSwell

Silas Borden has spent the last five years living on the streets of San Francisco. He's used to making the best with what he has, so when he stumbled upon a bus offering free showers and a toilet, he couldn't resist.

Promoting WASH Through Traditional Leaders And Technology

Anna Winters, PhD | Posted 10.26.2015 | Impact
Anna Winters, PhD

When we first started working in the WASH sector in Zambia, we were using mobile phones and cloud-based data aggregation to engage government workers. We worked through community volunteers and district environmental health technicians. Little did we know, we had only scratched the surface.