Latest Washroom Stories

2009-02-03 13:39:45

A Swedish police disciplinary committee has docked an inspector's wages for five days after she left her gun in a courthouse bathroom used by the public. The committee said the Kalmar inspector left her gun in the lavatory at the city's district court July 1, The Local reported Tuesday. The gun was returned to the inspector without incident but the committee said a harsher punishment than a warning was required because the bathroom was accessible by members of the public. By failing to keep...

2009-01-29 18:06:53

A Carl's Jr. fast-food restaurant in Utah said a funeral has been scheduled for a toilet that was accidentally destroyed by a customer's dropped handgun. Christian Martinez, manager of the Centerville eatery, said the slain commode -- which was destroyed when a customer's dropped handgun fired off a round in the restroom -- will be commemorated at 10 a.m. Friday with a memorial service and a moment of silence, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Thursday. We have received e-mails and cards from...

2009-01-28 09:56:07

A Japanese group campaigning to save toilet paper as part of the country's battle against global warming is saying that poetry in the bathroom can cut down on paper use too. A study by the research center Japan Toilet Labo says that by simply pasting a "toilet poem" at the eye level of a person seated in the cubicle can help cut toilet paper use by up to 20 percent. "That paper will meet you only for a moment," reads one poem. "Fold the paper over and over and over again," says another. Or...

2008-12-09 17:38:55

The mayor-elect of Portland, Ore., has inaugurated the first of a planned series of public toilets in the city with a ceremonial first flush. Mayor-elect Sam Adams and other community leaders gathered Monday on Northwest Glisan Street to unveil the first Portland Loo, which cost the city about $140,000 to design and build, The (Portland) Oregonian reported Tuesday. City Commissioner Randy Leonard, who designed the toilet as commissioner of the Water Bureau, said the next Portland Loos will...

2008-12-04 22:45:06

A New Jersey woman has filed a lawsuit against a Pennsylvania bar, claiming that a faulty toilet seat caused her to fall into the commode. Kathleen Hewko of Delran claims she still suffers from a back injury inflicted by the fall at Starters in Lower Saucon Township, The Allentown Morning Call reports. She is seeking $150,000 from the bar and Kohler Co., the toilet's manufacturer. Her husband, John, is asking for $75,000 for loss of consortium. Her lawyer, John D. Cirrinicione of...

2008-11-20 12:31:10

An 18-year-old man from Big Rock, Ill., allegedly set fire to a church bathroom stall and burned two portable toilets in a single night, police said. Police in Cary, Ill., said Thomas J. Meehan allegedly set fire to a St. Peter and Paul Church bathroom stall on Oct. 10, before conducting similar arson with two portable toilets, the Daily Herald newspaper in Arlington Heights, Ill., reported Thursday. Cary Police Detective Susan Ellis said an anonymous tip linked Meehan to the three fires,...

2008-11-19 22:27:29

Organizers of a false-feces demonstration in front of a Bern, Switzerland, railway station say the event was aimed at raising awareness of toilet shortages. Helvetas, the Swiss Association for International Cooperation, said campaigners piled the rubber droppings outside the city's main railway station Wednesday to mark World Toilet Day, a day designed to draw attention to sanitation problems around the world, The Sun reported Wednesday. The association said an estimated 2.6 billion people...

2008-11-19 14:23:38

Activists in Washington used the occasion of National Toilet Day to call for increased access to proper bathrooms for everyone. Organizers delivered lunch-hour speeches Wednesday on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol where the traveling art exhibit Sanitation is Dignity was also on display. The advocacy group Water Advocates said in a written statement that the humble toilet is actually a luxury in many areas of the world. And that spells trouble in the form of contaminated water and the...

2008-10-01 06:00:35

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- With the price at the pump on the rise, it may be difficult to imagine a tank that can actually help you save. Well, think toilet tank. When compared to all the other uses of water in the home, a leaky toilet can be a major culprit, wasting hundreds of gallons of water a day if not functioning properly. Depending on the severity of the leak and water rates in the area, a leaky toilet can add $100 or more per year onto a homeowner's water...

2008-09-24 18:00:22

THE idea that areas of Liverpool have such low water pressure that fire fighters may find their efforts compromised is extremely worrying. But this fact is coupled with a claim by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service that some areas simply do not have enough water for fire crews to be able to adequately fight blazes. United Utilities says it is working closely with the service, and that it has identified fire hydrants with highquality water pressure and flow for crews to use as necessary....

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'