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!
I went to try the virtual gaming rooms at House Of VR and was very happily surprised to see their glow in the dark toilet! Toronto people, ya gotta check this place out.
Ladies and gentleman, let me present to you the Holy Grail of toilets! 🏆🚽
Entitled ‘America’ (2016), it’s a fully functional & usable 18 karat gold throne by artist Maurizio Cattelan on display at New York’s Guggenheim museum. This incredible piece had been #1 on my toilet bucket list since I first hear about it around a year ago – finally on a weekend trip to the Big Apple I had my chance.
According to the blurb in the museum guidebook: “This work makes available to the public an extravagant luxury product seemingly intended for the 1 percent. Its participatory nature, in which viewers are invited to make use of the fixture individually and privately, allows for an experience of unprecedented intimacy with a work of art.”
It doesn’t get much better than this. If you happen to be in NYC it’s absolutely worth a visit! 😁
On the way back to the train station I managed to duck into Ottobar for a quick peek at their impressive floor-to-ceiling graffitied restrooms. Now this is a cool room to relieve yourself in.
Thanks Baltimore for the stupendous shitters – I really wish I had more time to spend here, one day wasn’t enough. I might be back one day…
One of my favourite Washington DC restroom suggestions from Reddit was for Jaleo, an inner-city Spanish tapas restaurant where you have your own cheer squad as you go about your business. Such fantastic toilet art – a truly novel idea. Plus the food here was second-to-none 😀
Not much more can be said about the Oki Bowl restroom than simply, woah.
Not only have the guys who run this downtown DC ramen bar mastered the intimate surreal atmosphere with eccentric trinkets & gadgets plastered all over the walls, but check out this incredible bathroom:
Definitely one of the trippiest toilets I’ve ever seen
I don’t quite remember how I heard about Los Vikingos to begin with, but it was absolutely worth visiting this viking-themed restaurant in downtown Santiago, Chile. The hearty barbecued fare they serve can only be beat by the Old Norse decor strewn all around the building, including this incredible restroom:
Just look at these signs on the toilet door:
It doesn’t get much more Scandinavian than this