Turn a plastic bottle into a bidet

CuloClean is a portable gadget that turns a plastic bottle into a bidet. I can't vouch for its efficacy but it seems like a useful alternative to wiping your bum, especially as toilet paper has become a high-value currency. Apparently CuloClean supplies are also running low but it seems like you could make one yourself that would at least approximate this $9 gadget's utility. From CuloClean:

You can easily regulate water intensity by exerting more or less pressure to the bottle. This way you will get perfect results, better than using toilet paper or wipes.

(Thanks, Bob Pescovitz!)

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New magazine all about restrooms publishes a growing list of bathroom codes in NYC and beyond

Facility is a new print magazine about bathrooms. The first issue, published last year, contains articles about the the architecture, politics, and culture of restrooms. One feature in the magazine is also available online: a a list of bathroom codes for restrooms at various cafes, stores, and restaurants. Most of the codes are for New York City restrooms because, the editors write, that's where they "live and piss" but the list will grow as readers contribute. Here are a few from their list:

BROOKLYN Starbucks at North Seventh Street and Bedford Avenue: 22222 Sweetgreen at North Fourth Street and Bedford Avenue: 1284

MANHATTAN Downtown to uptown: Shake Shack at Broadway and Fulton Street: 6063 Pret A Manger at Broadway and Cortland: 3535 Tompkins Square Bagels on 10th Street and Avenue A: 4552 Bloomingdale’s Outlet at 72nd and Broadway: push 2 & 4 at same time, then 3

OAKLAND Blue Bottle on Ninth and Broadway: 1478#

SEATTLE Areis Building at 2366 Eastlake Ave East: 01230

STUDIO CITY Peet’s Coffee & Tea at 1225 Ventura Blvd between Laurelgrove and Vantage Aves: 4516*

From a recent Eater interview with Facility co-founder/editor Erin Sheehy:

Eater: What inspired you to start Facility?

Erin Sheehy: At some point we realized that bathrooms were an interesting way to frame a lot of the subjects that we care about, including public space, cities, gender, queer histories, and the seemingly mundane but endlessly fascinating details of people’s daily lives. (Plus I, for one, love to talk about bodily functions.) Our first issue includes an interview with some plumbers, an essay about fluorescent lighting, a history of delousing at the El Paso-Juárez border, an exploration of the laws that led to sex-segregated bathrooms, personal stories, artist projects, and more—we even have horoscopes!

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Temporary open air urinals installed outside of bars in Victoria, British Columbia

The City of Victoria, British Columbia rolls out public "peeosks," essentially urinal-shaped garbage cans, on weekend nights near downtown bars. From CHEK:

The six “peeosk” urinals are part of the City of Victoria’s Late Night Program to help ensure “that everyone has a safe and enjoyable night out....”

(Kyle Massey, owner of a new vape shop,) worries the open-air urinal not far from the store’s entrance will hurt his business.

“If they’re going to do it, maybe they should have an enclosed outhouse instead of a urinal like that,” he said.

The City also seems to be unaware that women urinate. Read the rest

This might be the nicest gas station restroom on earth

It's in Bohol, Philippines. Read the rest