CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2001
Re installing 150 pay toilets in Los Angeles: If public restroom facilities are a magnet for crime, what better way to know where the criminals are so they can be apprehended? Let's get those potties in place. Showers and washing machines wouldn't be a bad addition. I say, let's have the cleanest homeless population on Earth. Or at least cleaner streets and alleyways. The proposed number is way too few, but it's a start. Chele Graham Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1999
In reading "Japan Is Flush With Obsession" (Dec. 13), I thought you would give at least some passing mention to what American GIs called the "porcelain slit trench," the oblong porcelain device built into the floor over which one squats. It is widely used in Asia and is used on Japan's ultramodern bullet trains. For Westerners, at least, it is difficult to use. The difficulty in using it could be the reason the Japanese toilet manufacturers, perhaps to make amends, are inventing such gadget-laden toilets.
March 28, 1993 |
The homeless will be able to use restrooms at the Weingart Center and the Russ Hotel under a two-month test program approved Tuesday by the City Council. The Weingart Center, a social service agency and shelter at 6th and San Pedro streets, will provide six to eight toilets around the clock for the homeless.
March 14, 2013 |
Another Carnival Cruise ship, the Dream, was disabled Thursday, this time at its St. Maarten dock because of a problem with its emergency diesel generator, and the company and others took to Twitter to describe the situation. This time around the toilets are working and there is plenty of food. But passengers will have to fly, not cruise, home in what is likely to be an abbreviated vacation. The news of another stranded ship rekindled memories of the Carnival's nightmare voyage home through the Gulf of Mexico a few weeks ago on the Triumph.
March 27, 2012 |
High-tech toilets, bento box animal characters and sushi-go-round carousels are among the top 10 things that some say make Japan hip. Sumo wrestlers, rickshaw rides and iced coffee? Not so much. That's the latest results of the highly unscientific "Is Japan Cool?" online poll, posted by All Nippon Airways, in which more than 3,700 people so far ranked the toilets at No. 2. "Ordinary features include warm water washer, automatic up/down lavatory seating, seat warmer and deodorizer," the poll description reads.
December 18, 2012 |
Brand-new "flushable potty economy seats" on planes mean you'll never again have to crawl over others to use the bathroom. Talk about convenient! And airlines make money on the deal by adding seats where toilets once were. "It's a win win for everyone," crows a blog with an illustration of the new seats that was posted Monday by a Northern California travel agency. They're kidding, right? Of course. It's a humorous holiday attempt by Fremont-based Let's Fly Cheaper to take a jab at the airline industry and create some marketing buzz too. "The airlines always find new ways to charge us extra dollars," says Chief Executive Ramon van Meer.