An ideal home

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Sit down. Lock the door. Then let yourself go. We’re not talking about your biological needs necessarily, or not the obvious ones. When…

Shit and the city

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A kid in shorts is running like crazy between shacks, down tiny alleys. He hasn’t stolen anything; he is not being chased; he is…

Emergency

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Diseases love chaos. Earthquakes, tsunamis or other natural disasters can all wreck latrines and sewers, giving bugs free rein to…

Toilets of the world

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Flush toilet

Where they can connect to sewer systems, flush toilets are a safe way to dispose of shit. They also waste huge amounts of…

The fly and the water

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At the age of 18 months, your toilet education began. Your parents removed your diaper, sat you on a potty and kept you there until you…

Potty parity

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Women take twice as long to urinate in public toilets as men. It’s not their fault: having to deal with more cumbersome clothes,…

Unholy urine

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You’re out on the town. You need to go. But where? In Dhaka, Bangladesh, you could hail one of the fleet of bicycle rickshaw toilets that…

Toilet

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The flush toilet is a curious object. The default method of excreta disposal for billions of people, it is probably the least innovated…

Girl Trouble

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The most common toilet in the world is not ceramic or steel, but a green field or a dirt roadside. The two-thirds of humanity who have no…

Lifesaver

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One day this year a male patient lay down in an operating theatre in New York City, was administer­ed anesthetic, and had a dose of…