A Conversation for Public Toilets
Samson Started conversation Jul 29, 1999
Unless overly confident about ones masculinity or, ahem, manhood, it is a peculiar unspoken rule that in the gents, you can only approach a free urinal if it unoccupied on both sides. Of course, you can easily ignore this advice, but be prepared to be greeted by increased nervous coughing from left and right as you stare fiercly at the tile work before your eyes.
Cheerful Dragon Posted Jul 29, 1999
I understand from my husband (and male friends and colleagues confirm this) that in any non-social situation (e.g. dentist's waiting room) men will try to get as far away from other men as possible. Urinal etiquette seems to be an extreme example of this, rationalised by 'I don't want them staring at my willy or thinking that I am staring at theirs'. To women this is largely incomprehensible. But then, we don't have any hang ups about the size of our genitals, we just get annoyed if our menfolk stare at women with bigger boobs than we've got.
Orinocco (R51290) Posted Jul 29, 1999
I've given up using urinals (you can get your trousers damp far too easily). I always use a cubicle now and do everything 'sitting down'. It's much less hassle, more restful, and no one can see.
bandy legs Posted Jul 30, 1999
Ger_man Posted Jul 30, 1999
A curious piece of urinal etiquette I have come across is the desire, when in a familiar place (work or pub for example), to always use the same urinal, urinal position or cubicle. I am not the only one - if you are thinking this is so - it is a practice common amongst aquaintances too. My theory is that this offers some sort of security in what can be the daunting task of visiting public conveniances - but I could be wrong.
Orinocco (R51290) Posted Jul 30, 1999
I tend towards the same cubicle where there's a choice - and get cross if someone else is using "my" cubicle - silly really.
Cheerful Dragon Posted Jul 30, 1999
Don't worry, some women do it too! (Cubicles, that is.)
Cheerful Dragon Posted Jul 30, 1999
I once saw a program where the showed some old Victorian urinals. Each had various insects and animals (I think) with points next to them. The more awkward the creature was to hit, the higher the points. I can't remember where these were, though, but it would make spending a penny more interesting. Pity you can't do something like that for women!
Researcher 51859 Posted Jul 30, 1999
The need for any kind of etiquette at all could be aleviated by simply having cubicles like the civilised half of our species. Do the deisigners of public toilets actually think we want a small pungently smelling room with an open trough at one side, small yellow blocks of plastic substance swimming in warm steaming pools of yellow liquid substance, lapping gently over our footware?
Maybe they do maybe I'm just a puff, thenagain I don't like standing in such places exposing myself to others of the same sex so probably not!
Podster Posted Jul 30, 1999
I've just seen your message.
Exactly WHAT dreadful things were you referring to ?
(viz, bogs [a UK term]) or male genitalia ?
NeverBob Posted Jul 31, 1999
Apparently "cubicle" is a term used to describe an enclosed area for relieving one's self. It also happens to be the term for a lower-echelon employee's work area in a corporate office. Yet the irony seems lost on me.
26199 Posted Jul 31, 1999
A story appeared in New Scientist a while back commented on the common appearance of little pictures of flies (the animal kind) on men's urinals... apparently a tradition stemming from Victorian times.
In the next issue, I believe, the mystery was solved: they're not flies, they're bees, and the Latin (I think it was Latin) for bee is Apis...
Nice to know the Victorians had a sense of humor.
NeverBob Posted Jul 31, 1999
I always suspected that those New Scientist reseachers were not really spending all that time near the urinals doing their studies. It turns out they were all just examining, discussing, and taking Apis.
Apis of history at that.
Oh, for a large grant and a case of ale.
I'd settle for the ale.
Lonnytunes - Winter Is Here Posted Aug 1, 1999
I find humour goes a long way in public urinals. Simple phrases like "Gee that's cold" wait a moment "and deep"
NeverBob Posted Aug 1, 1999
...and the pipes seem to be rusting. Those tree roots tickle.
Researcher K.Trout 51107 Posted Aug 1, 1999
Personally, having been tortured by corporate Uh-merica and enslaved in many-a cubicles, the irony of such is far from lost. Where else to put pee-ons but in cubicles?
Lonnytunes - Winter Is Here Posted Aug 2, 1999
Walk in glaring and pretend you are extremely angry - Ok you guys, how come I always get the shallow end
bandy legs Posted Aug 2, 1999
Instead of going to the usual cubical at my local bar, I went to the one next door and to my horror discovered that it was far larger and therefore much easier to move around in. I mean, you could dance around in it if you wished. In fact I may have done so as there's also a full length mirror in there too. Oh the perks of a private loo eh?
Slartibartfast Posted Aug 3, 1999
It is a weelknown fact among cleaning assistants that you can save 50-70 % on cleaning urinals, if you place a flourescent plastic model of Ed Harris in the urinal. The unbeatable male competion gene moves in and actually makes it possible for even the least trained members of the male sex to hit the urinal. It has been tested in Schippol Airport with great succes althuogh some, now unemployed, cleaning assistants fiercely denies this fact.
Cheerful Dragon Posted Aug 3, 1999
Why Ed Harris? (I assume you are referring to the actor?) Why not Sean Connery, if you want some one in the older bracket, Tom Cruise (30 - 40 somethings) or Leonardo DiCaprio (teenagers)?
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- 1: Samson (Jul 29, 1999)
- 2: Cheerful Dragon (Jul 29, 1999)
- 3: Orinocco (R51290) (Jul 29, 1999)
- 4: bandy legs (Jul 30, 1999)
- 5: Ger_man (Jul 30, 1999)
- 6: Orinocco (R51290) (Jul 30, 1999)
- 7: Cheerful Dragon (Jul 30, 1999)
- 8: Cheerful Dragon (Jul 30, 1999)
- 9: Researcher 51859 (Jul 30, 1999)
- 10: Podster (Jul 30, 1999)
- 11: NeverBob (Jul 31, 1999)
- 12: 26199 (Jul 31, 1999)
- 13: NeverBob (Jul 31, 1999)
- 14: Lonnytunes - Winter Is Here (Aug 1, 1999)
- 15: NeverBob (Aug 1, 1999)
- 16: Researcher K.Trout 51107 (Aug 1, 1999)
- 17: Lonnytunes - Winter Is Here (Aug 2, 1999)
- 18: bandy legs (Aug 2, 1999)
- 19: Slartibartfast (Aug 3, 1999)
- 20: Cheerful Dragon (Aug 3, 1999)