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Old 01-22-2015, 05:02 PM   #21
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PMP at that one. I told DH about it and he hit the ceiling.
He must be a lot younger than most of us (with a shrunken prostate and bladder muscles of steel).
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ReWahoo -- awesome story. Where do you find this stuff?



I spent a week in germany but thankfully never even saw one of these.
I saw a few of them in Austria.
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Fascinating subject. A learning experience.
I was reminded of my single trip to Japan and thought to see if anything had changed since 1972... Thankfully changes were made.

As to more definitive information, I tried Google Images for:
Japanese toilets and German toilets... not only different, but some pictures of wall poster instructions on how to use them. Judging from the designs, a necessary aid for foreign visitors.
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OK next up, the french solution. The pissoir, where a man can aim high.
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Old 01-22-2015, 07:17 PM   #26
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PMP at that one. I told DH about it and he hit the ceiling.
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Wow. I don't think that uric acid is going to do the ceiling any good either!
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He must be a lot younger than most of us (with a shrunken prostate and bladder muscles of steel).
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For the non-squeamish, I would like to share this link: https://planetgermany.wordpress.com/...erman-toilets/.

Don't read if you do not have to, but travelers would want to be informed and prepared.
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And did the court also rule on the proper position of the seat upon completion of the task?
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Stand or sit?

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doesn't matter
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When I lived in Germany, the toilet in the house I rented had a "poop shelf". I wondered if the funky configuration was meant to minimize the sewer gas issue that seems to be pretty rampant. In any case it didn't work. When an American friend came to visit she had to ask how to flush the toilet because I had a kleenex box on the tank covering the button.

On a more pleasant note - I really liked having an individual heater in the bathroom so I could heat just that room before I showered.
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Here's picture of the German toilet. I lived there for a few years, but I never really cared to make a close examination of the subject matter. Perhaps they use less water.
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At Frankfurt airport, I saw that the toilets were of the conventional type. Perhaps places that see foreign visitors install non-German type of commode to avoid mishaps. That would be a wise move.

About sewer gas escaping, all toilets of various design incorporate a gooseneck that uses water as a gas block. Same with all sinks and washbowls.

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DEPENDS

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If no Depends, then it does matter. I wonder if the judge in that case has opened a floodgate by setting a precedent. Now, public places with this kind of toilet will scramble to replace them all, because men can now spray at will without being held liable (even the ceiling?).

Again, he who sprayed must pay. If he missed, you cannot acquit.
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Here is an example explanation, it may be TMI. German Toilets
Notrmally, it wouldn't be TMI but seeing that I was eating my dinner while reading it I'll say yes, that was waaaaaay TMI
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Please be informed that the german toilets have abandoned the poop shelf several years ago to save water. You might find it in very old bathrooms only.
If interested you will see current models here:
WC gŁnstig kaufen | Toiletten von Top-Marken | Reuter Onlineshop
However, you will find that the basin is smaller than in US models - again, to save water. But still it is difficult for men to pee standing without splash.

The lawsuit was about a landlord who wanted to use part of the tenant's deposit to repair the marble around the toilet. It was damaged by urine.
The court ruled that he can't. He should have informed the tenant in advance that marble is sensitive to urine. German courts are extremely tenant friendly.
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Please be informed that the german toilets have abandoned the poop shelf several years ago to save water. You might find it in very old bathrooms only.
If interested you will see current models here:
WC gŁnstig kaufen | Toiletten von Top-Marken | Reuter Onlineshop
However, you will find that the basin is smaller than in US models - again, to save water. But still it is difficult for men to pee standing without splash.

The lawsuit was about a landlord who wanted to use part of the tenant's deposit to repair the marble around the toilet. It was damaged by urine.
The court ruled that he can't. He should have informed the tenant in advance that marble is sensitive to urine. German courts are extremely tenant friendly.
Thanks for clearing that up, Chris!
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Please be informed that the german toilets have abandoned the poop shelf several years ago to save water. You might find it in very old bathrooms only.
If interested you will see current models here:
WC gŁnstig kaufen | Toiletten von Top-Marken | Reuter Onlineshop
However, you will find that the basin is smaller than in US models - again, to save water. But still it is difficult for men to pee standing without splash.

The lawsuit was about a landlord who wanted to use part of the tenant's deposit to repair the marble around the toilet. It was damaged by urine.
The court ruled that he can't. He should have informed the tenant in advance that marble is sensitive to urine. German courts are extremely tenant friendly.
Yes - we only ran into the "shelf" design when staying at a smaller inn in a small town in Austria. All of the big city hotels had toilets similar to the US. But I get the impression that this design persists more in Austria, perhaps than in Germany.
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Good thing I trained DH 36 years ago how to pee without hitting the floor. He is an expert at the "how to" pee and not hit the floor!
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