Dan from Toilography travelled to Potsdam in upstate New York to see Hank Robar’s famous Potty Gardens!
With a population of around 17,000, this quaint university town in upstate NY is also populated by hundreds of colourful loos. Check out the video to find out about the reason they’re there.
And Happy World Toilet Day! This video was released on 19th November 2018 – the annual United Nations observation that raises awareness of the global sanitation crisis. There are billions of people out there who don’t have access to sanitary facilities. My Potsdam adventure is very light-hearted but please take some time today to think about those less fortunate and donate to a worthy cause if you can.
Just look at these works of art! –
I finally got to see the ‘Sani Seat’ mechanical seat covers at Chicago O’Hare Airport. I’d heard so much about them over the past few years, it was great to see them in action!
Through the magic of the internet I was able to connect with @atomicplayboy this morning at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium in the St Louis Science centre, who very kindly took me on a personal tour of their space toilet! 🚀🚽 I’ve seen a lot of loos in my life but never had any clue until today of the sit down – strap in – suction up process involved in celestial waste.
And for any fellow science geeks out there, here’s the information on how the toilet actually works:
Passing body wastes in space is no different than on the ground. In Earth’s gravity, waste materials fall away from the body and the force of moving water flushes them away. Space toilets operate in a similar way, but gentle suction and moving air take the place of gravity and draw the waste materials away from the body and into the storage containers.
In microgravity everything floats. It is important to contain all waste materials. Astronauts are very careful to maintain a good seal with the toilet seat and urinal hose. The straps, bars and handles are to assist users and hold them in place.
On a space station, wastewater is processed for reuse. The air is filtered to remove odor and bacteria then returned to the station’s air supply. Solid waste is returned to the earth for disposal.
Fascinating stuff, thanks again Michael!
Board games plastered over the walls of The Mud House, a homely little cafe just south of downtown St Louis
One thing I noticed when I was in Missouri was that the urinals extend horizontal from the wall rather than vertical. This was at the Budweiser Brewery Experience in St Louis.
I went to St Louis with some friends to see the Solar Eclipse! One particular place I really wanted to check out was the Venice Cafe as a friendly tipster on Reddit suggested it to be worthy of a Toilography visit. Not only were their magnificently mosaiced toilets a huge drawcard, the whole damn venue was one of the funkiest, artsiest bars I’ve ever been to. It’s up there with the Papermoon Diner in Baltimore.
Here’s the walk down to the beautiful basement shitters:
And here are some of the other captivating pieces of art throughout the building, both toilets and non-toilets. The bartender told us that every day at least one new piece of art is added to the collection.