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All About Urinals

Was having breakfast this morning with my friend Noah from GoMobo and we both commented on the fact that the urinal in the bathroom was filled with ice. Neither of us came up with a particularly good reason for it, so I decided to do some research when I got home. The best hypothesis I read is some combination of the ice acting as a “slow continuous flush” and help contains the smell (for those that have never seen it here’s some evidence).

While we’re on the topic of urinals (a strange one, I know), Noah and I also chatted briefly about fly decals in urinals (especially airports). He rightly pointed out that these help keep bathrooms cleaner by giving men a place to aim. As this site points out, “The interesting feature of these urinals is that they’re deliberately designed to take advantage of this inherent human male tendency.”

December 9, 2007