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December 18, 2007


Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Usability expert Donald Norman tries to make some sense of the washrooms in the New York Times' up-to-the-minute new headquarters. Back here, I asked what still strikes me as a key question: America, land of dynamic and exciting innovation, or country where you can never be sure how to use the faucets?



posted by Michael at December 18, 2007


Punchline #509:

"Well, MY mama taught me to never pee on my hands."

Posted by: Scott on December 19, 2007 12:30 AM

If you think it's hard to wash your hands with these automatic faucets, try brushing your teeth.

I was thinking of writing a post on my blog about a proverbial problem of the men's room... but here goes...

I use the executive men's room at work. The guys who pee there wear ties and sport shirts to work and wash their hands afterward. And some percentage of these guys still refuse to lift up the toilet seat when they pee. They just pee all over the place.

What's this all about? By mid-afternoon, I have to wash the toilet seat if I'm about to sit down.

Men's rooms are, of course, notorious for vile odors and disgusting emissions on the floors and plumbing. You would think, wouldn't you, that executive type guys could do a better job. What's going on here? Absent minded flubbing? Unconscious desire to mark territory? Bart Simpson sticking out of the tongue? Huh?

Posted by: Shouting Thomas on December 19, 2007 11:29 AM

Here's a part I forget. I just went to the bathroom, after lunch.

Some jackass did manage to lift up the toilet seat, but he didn't bother to flush.

I really want to know, boys. What's the deal here? By my estimates, half the guys who read this site are offenders. Why in the hell do you insist on peeing on the seat? And, why in hell won't you flush the toilet?

What's behind the awful bathroom etiquette of men? Please enlighten me.

Posted by: Shouting Thomas on December 19, 2007 12:45 PM

Who raises these guys? A related phenom is the awful personal habits of some guys in gym locker rooms. I remember (with loathing) one guy who'd sit on the bench by his locker peeling flesh off his feet and letting little heaps of it collect on the floor. He looked very pleased with himself for accomplishing this too.

Posted by: MIchael Blowhard on December 19, 2007 12:54 PM

What I like are the soap dispensers in a new campus building. There is absolutely no hint of a nozzle or even a lever to push to get the soap out. After some experimentation, I discovered a small, nearly seamless rectangular area, so I pushed that. The soap came blasting out of a hidden hole, not downwards towards the drain, but all the way across the basin, near the top, splashing onto my coat. Even after using it a few times, I still can't see where to position my hands.

Stupid and badly designed, but of course it is entirely in keeping with how Sinkingship is managed.

Posted by: thaprof on December 20, 2007 9:49 AM

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