In One Sochi Men's Bathroom Stall, 2 Toilets
And the Twittersphere erupts!
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2014 7:38 AM CST
The photo seen 'round the world.   (Steve Rosenberg/BBC/Twitter)

(Newser) – They're the toilets seen 'round the world, in a photo taken and tweeted Monday night by the BBC's Moscow correspondent of the men's restroom in a Sochi Olympics venue. What it shows: one stall, two toilets. "Seeing double in the Gentlemen's Loo at the Olympic Biathlon Centre," Steve Rosenberg tweeted. The reactions, per the BBC: fury in Russia, "much hilarity" abroad. Opposition leader Alexei Navalny used the image to swing at the cost of the Games, the most expensive ever, tweeting, "This is the men's room in the media center for the Sochi Olympics 1.5 billion rubles." (That's roughly $44 million.)

A smattering of the more amusing reactions: The BBC picks up this quip from an unnamed blogger, "Two toilets—28,000 roubles. Olympic media centre—1.5bn roubles. Global embarrassment—priceless." Notes Jimmy Traina for Fox Sports, "It also doesn't look like a toilet paper dispenser is in a suitable location." And this from the Washington Post: "And one English speaker said it reminded him of the Love Toilet on Saturday Night Live—better look up that episode yourself." (Or just click here; you're welcome.) Click to read another usual Sochi-related story.

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Jan 25, 2014 1:18 AM CST
I was am beginning to think that Putin was Pootin when they approved this design. And to think Russia doesn't want gay promotion, so they gave those interested stalls to share.
Frank Baine
Jan 24, 2014 10:09 PM CST
If you are Russian, this makes perfect sense.
Jan 24, 2014 6:22 PM CST
I was thinking it was a time saving idea incase a former congressman visit no foot tapping or note passing! :)