Toilets

Toilets Can't End the Violence - But Are Part of the Solution

Barbara Frost | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Barbara Frost

The story of two teenage girls raped and murdered in India this spring while looking for a discreet place to relieve themselves outdoors made headlines around the world. Sadly, their situation is far from unique. Half a billion women and girls - 15% of females worldwide - are forced to do this every day simply because they do not have access to a toilet. This crisis risks women's health, and threatens their safety. The new Indian government was moved to act following the tragedy of the two Dalit girls in Uttar Pradesh, pledging zero tolerance for acts of violence against women. Their statement is welcome. However, protecting women from harassment and attack will not happen overnight.

The Girls on the Bus: Ze's Story

Emily Graham | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK
Emily Graham

This month, you might see two young girls pictured on the side of London's buses, each hauling a jerry can of water that is more than half their weight. Some 748 million people around the world do not have access to safe water. That is one person in 10. It is nearly always up to girls and women to hike treacherous, winding paths to fetch water for their families, and carry that heavy burden home again.

A Shortage of Ladies Loos Harms the Feminist Cause As Well As Our Bladders

Clare Finney | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Finney

There were not enough ladies loos. There never are enough ladies loos, yet in this case it was particularly problematic. In this production of 1984, there would be no admission after the curtain rose.

Two Die Trying To Rescue Phone From Toilet

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Tech

Two people have died and three were injured in China after trying to retrieve a woman's smartphone from an open-pit toilet. The South China Morning...

Cocaine in Your Water? It Could Be Much Worse

Fleur Anderson | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK
Fleur Anderson

Traces of cocaine in our tap water, screamed recent newspaper headlines in the UK. It's alarming, despite reassurances that these are miniscule amounts that pose no risk. But imagine the headlines were about deadly pathogens like E. coli or cholera, and that even these miniscule amounts could harm adults and kill children.

Don't Wash Your Hands After Using The Bogs? Your Days Are Numbered

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The world is divided into two types of people: the ones who wash their hands after going to the loo and the others, who don't, indicating they were cl...

'Frightening' Robot Superloo Attacking Patrons In Woking

Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Tech

A hi-tech but "frightening" public loo has become the subject of a petition to have it removed after exposing, drenching and hitting unsuspecting wome...

High-Level Talk on Safe Water and Toilets

Barbara Frost | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK
Barbara Frost

On 11 April, just ahead of the IMF-World Bank Spring meetings in Washington DC, a group of 80 government ministers from around the globe are gathering to promise to do more to bring safe water and decent toilets to those without.

I Once Went Into a Pub Loo...

Aaron Child | Posted 25.04.2014 | UK Comedy
Aaron Child

I once went into a pub loo and they were playing a live recording of a Billy Connolly gig over head in the speakers. This was totally separate to the music that was played upstairs. I came away thinking I had dreamt it up or had some sort of Scottish comedy stoke.

Disability and DfID: Leave No One Behind

Barbara Frost | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK
Barbara Frost

If you have any doubt as to why we think the UK's Department for International Development should prioritise disability, look no further than the situation of Esther Cheelo. Blind, elderly and with difficulty walking, Esther has for years relied upon a child to walk her into the scrubland near her home in Zambia to find a place to relieve herself, a humiliating and sometimes dangerous experience...

WATCH: The Dangers Of Self-Closing Toilet Seats

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Comedy

What's the worst thing that could happen to a man when he goes to the toilet? Watch this new Bathstore advert to find out... SEE ALSO: Funny IKEA A...

Woman Hospitalised After Toilet Super Glue Prank - But Did She Do It Herself?

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK

A woman who was hospitalised after becoming stuck to a toilet seat may have applied the glue herself, investigators suspect. The unnamed female wa...

Man Gets Toilet Roll Holder Stuck Up Bottom

Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.12.2013 | UK

He probably fell onto it, right? A man had to call the fire brigade for assistance after he got a toilet roll holder stuck up his bottom. He was...

Which Country Do Brits Think Have The Dirtiest Public Toilets?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Sorry France, we may share a (mostly unrequited) long love affair as you continue to be the most popular place for us Brits to visit, eat your baguett...

A Community Approach to Sanitation: World Toilet Day

Marie Staunton | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Marie Staunton

Now people are using indoor lavatories, teachers at the local school report no cases of diarrhoea among their pupils and on November 19th, World Toilet Day, Endashangwet will receive an award for being the first village in the area to be free from open defecation.

Bog Standard

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.10.2013 | UK

Flushing toilets should be the same across the continent, European Commission bosses have declared. In a move almost certain to feature in the next...

The Banes of My Existence 3: Having to Buy Something From The Establishment You Only Entered To Use The Lavatory

Sammy Sultan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Sammy Sultan

Relieving oneself is the most universal action a human can do. Obama, the Queen and your mother does it. Therefore, restaurants, shops or offices should be receptive to this fact. To expect to benefit financially is deeply immoral.

WATCH: New Toilet-Themed Restaurant In China

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Here at HuffPost UK Lifestyle, we prefer not to shit where we eat, but the same cannot be said of the toilet themed restaurant craze that seems to be ...

£65,000 On A Loo

The Huffington Post/ PA | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK Politics

Where does it cost £65,000 to spend a penny? In the House of Lords, and that's cheap at the price. Eye-watering renovations to two toilets used by...

'Genius Toilet' Can Be Hacked, Can Attack You On The Loo

Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.08.2013 | UK Tech

What's the worst thing that can happen to you on the toilet? Slip and fall? Miss the bowl? Underestimate the spiciness of the curry you had last night...

How Much To Refurbish TWO Toilets In The House Of Lords?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.06.2013 | UK Politics

Campaigners have condemned an "eye-watering" sum of money being spent on doing up two toilets used by members of the House of Lords. Up to £100,00...

REVEALED: Most Irritating (And Slightly Grim) Bad Bathroom Etiquette

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle

"Leave it clean, always flush and never discuss," says Debrett's, the 'modern authority on etiquette' on the matter of toilets. But according to a rec...

10 Hour Flight From San Francisco To London Runs Out Of Loo Roll

Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK

Passengers on a 10 hour flight from San Francisco to London were left without toilet paper, after United Airlines decided against stopping to stock th...

Chinese Baby Rescued From Sewage Pipe Reunited With Mother

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK

The newborn baby boy rescued from a sewage pipe after he dropped down a toilet has been reunited with his mother. The little boy was found stuck h...

'It Was An Accident' Says Mother Of Chinese Newborn Flushed Down Toilet

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 30.05.2013 | UK

UPDATE: Chinese Baby Rescued From Sewage Pipe Reunited With Mother The mother of a newborn baby boy who had to be rescued from a sewage pipe has ...