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new idea: the urinal fin!

paul wheaton
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I think there should be a fin right in the middle of the urinal. If you pee just barely to one side of the fin, any splatter goes into the urinal, instead of .... not.


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Chetan Parekh
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Hey Paul can you just simplify what you want to convey?
I didn�t get you properly � as many words are not under my vocabulary.
Please use simple vocabulary.
[ February 01, 2006: Message edited by: Chetan Parekh ]

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Dave Lenton
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Ah, I can just see this thread going down the pan and descending into toilet humour. Personally I find it a wee bit annoying, but then again some people are flush with inappropriate jokes. They'll probably get panned, but the same old jokes trickle out each time.


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Jaya Nagar
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Fin==inverted cone? :roll: :roll: :roll:
paul wheaton
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Fin -> somebody from Finland.
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I was reading an article about urinals couple weeks back (yes they have such articles) and it was about in one country (France maybe?) they put a single fake fly inside each urinal. The fly is completely artificial but meant to look real.

The result was that so many 'patrons' were focussed on 'hitting' the fly that the amount of spillage and janitor cleanup (some barbarians pee on the floor) was drastically reduced. Just goes to show you guys, that all we need is a little focus in our lives, something to 'shoot' for.


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David O'Meara
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Originally posted by Paul Wheaton:
Fin -> somebody from Finland.


LOL. Where's Lasse when you need him?
Michael Matola
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SS: it was about in one country (France maybe?) they put a single fake fly inside each urinal. The fly is completely artificial but meant to look real.

You're probably thinking of Schiphol airport in Amsterdam. The flies are painted on.
paul wheaton
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Please don't pee on the JavaRanch fly.
Jim Yingst
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[Paul]: If you pee just barely to one side of the fin, any splatter goes into the urinal, instead of .... not.

The point here seems to be that it you hit a surface directly, you may get backsplatter, whereas if you hit the surface at an angle, you don't. The main two solutions I see are: (a) redesign the urinal to provide more oblique surfaces to aim at in the center of the target area, or (b) learn to aim a bit off-center where there's almost always an oblique surface available already. I've always favored (b), but maybe that's just me...


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Hopefully this isn't turning into a 'scrunch versus fold' conversation, but I b) when I p).
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Are we talking about urinals design patterns.
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Dave Lenton
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I'm sure I read somewhere about urinals with in built TV screens, so you could...er... show your dislike of certain TV presenters in a rather unique way.
David O'Meara
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and I carry a video tape around in hope, but I always pee disappointed
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I had a friend that went to japan... he said the most complicated think in the apartment was his toilet... completely electronic.
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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My main problem with urinals is that the water is always so cold.


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David O'Meara
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and they have to stop calling them 'cakes'. I won't make that mistake twice.
Sania Marsh
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Originally posted by Ernest Friedman-Hill:
My main problem with urinals is that the water is always so cold.


I heard cold water is good for skin color and it shrinks pores to make it silky...
Chetan Parekh
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Originally posted by Ernest Friedman-Hill:
My main problem with urinals is that the water is always so cold.


Hot water can make man infertile
Michael Ernest
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Originally posted by Ernest Friedman-Hill:
My main problem with urinals is that the water is always so cold.

Deep, too.


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Jesus Angeles
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Originally posted by Chetan Parekh:


Hot water can make man infertile


Ya, let it cool down a little bit, before drinking it.
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Originally posted by Michael Ernest:

Deep, too.


Thank God somebody knows the drill; I was worried about you all.
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Originally posted by Sania Marsh:


I heard cold water is good for skin color and it shrinks pores to make it silky...




It shrinks more than the pores!!!
(guess you never seen the Seinfeild Shrinkage episode.)


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Jesus Angeles
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Originally posted by Steve Gibson:




It shrinks more than the pores!!!
(guess you never seen the Seinfeild Shrinkage episode.)


That's what 'small' guys say.
Mark Spritzler
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Funny you should mention it. I hate the splatter, I always get it. You'd think that the makers of the urinals would bend or shape them such that there would never be any splatter. I have been trying to come up with a good idea for an invention to stop the splatter. I like the ones that go down to the floor, it kinds of allows you to aim lower and therefore the angle of the splatter doesn't come back up on you.

Maybe have it kind of sideways, instead of perpendicular?

I even have some problem with my home toilet, because it is normal height, and standing up and letting it go, makes me have to clean it each and everytime. I had specifically requested a taller toilet because of it, but the plumber had bought the other one already.

Mark


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Mark Spritzler
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I hadn't read the replies before I posted mine. So I will address one issue or solution that Jim brought up.

I have consistently tried to find that one spot which works, however, I find that no matter where I aim, it always splatters, then there is the point that each urinal is shaped differently, so even if you found that one spot on one urinal, then next one you go to will be different.

Aiming for the sides where there are angles, doesn't work either.

Mark
Steve Gibson
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Originally posted by Jesus Angeles:


That's what 'small' guys say.




Ahhh, speaking from experience are we
paul wheaton
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Originally posted by David O'Meara:
and they have to stop calling them 'cakes'. I won't make that mistake twice.


I haven't had a laugh like that in a long time.
Gail Mikels
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A woman's view of the "splatter" that goes on the floor...

"If the bat's too short, step up to the plate!!"


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Originally posted by Elaine Micheals:
A woman's view of the "splatter" that goes on the floor...

"If the bat's too short, step up to the plate!!"


If the bat is made of twizzlers, hold it at the tip.
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If the bat is made of twizzlers, hold it at the tip.


I guess all bats are like that !!


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