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Paris' Open-Air Urinals Called 'Immodest, Ugly'

Residents are not happy about the uritrottoirs

(Newser) - To combat public urination, Paris officials are encouraging men to urinate in public ... sort of. They've installed open-air urinals, or uritrottoirs, across the city, but the plan has been met with mixed reactions, CNN reports. The urinals are housed in flower boxes, but beyond that, they're not exactly... More »

Ready, Aim ... No Urinals on New $12.9B Aircraft Carrier

Gerald R. Ford was developed without them

(Newser) - A $12.9 billion aircraft carrier probably doesn't lack much, but the brand new Gerald R. Ford comes without one thing: urinals. The Navy Times reports on the surprising first, which came about following the decision to make every "head" gender-neutral. That will reportedly make it easier for... More »

San Francisco's New Weapon on Public Urination: Open-Air Urinal

City will try almost anything

(Newser) - San Francisco's iconic Dolores Park is now home to the city's first open-air urinal, the latest move to combat public urination in the city. The concrete circular urinal is out in the open, though plants and a screen offer some privacy. The park once had just three toilets,... More »

Boy's Urinal Punishment Ends Poorly for Teacher

Cops say Jennifer Forshey made boy unclog it with his bare hands

(Newser) - A veteran teacher in Florida faces felony charges of battery of a child for meting out an unusual punishment. Police say 58-year-old Jennifer Forshey accused a 10-year-old boy of deliberately clogging a urinal with paper towels, and ordered him to get them out of the drain, reports NBC Miami . She... More »

Michigan's New DUI Weapon: Talking Urinal Cakes

Some sing and light up too, in effort to combat drunk driving

(Newser) - Michigan is trying a novel technique for cutting down on drunk driving: filling bathrooms with responsible talking urinal cakes, formally known as Interactive Urinal Communicators. Step up to a urinal equipped with one of these, erm, ingenious devices, and it will utter the following message: "Listen up. … Had... More »

'Art' Urinals Spark Rolling Stones Museum Furor

Women slam mouth-shaped toilets as sexism

(Newser) - A war has broken out over urinals in a German museum. Women's rights activists are furious over the mouth-shaped men's toilets at the Rolling Stones museum in a northern town, Der Spiegel reports. "Why does it have to be a woman's mouth?" asked one, saying she... More »

London Bar Installs Urinal Video Games

When you're done, don't forget to tweet your score!

(Newser) - It’s such a drag when you have to press pause on your fun night out in order to go to the bathroom—but one London bar has solved that problem by installing the world’s first urine-controlled video games in its bathroom. Only male patrons can play so far,... More »

Gyllenhaal in Urinal Brawl at SXSW

Jake doesn't want his picture taken in the bathroom, OK?

(Newser) - Apparently the best story coming out of the SXSW Film Festival involves Jake Gyllenhaal, a somewhat too obsessed fan, and a urinal. Journalist Erik Davis was one of many who first tweeted the rumor about Gyllenhaal going “all badass” on the fan who tried to take a picture of... More »

Standing Up for Bathroom Diversity

Not afraid to 'gross women out,' man seeks home urinal

(Newser) - Why can't a man have a urinal in his home? Screenwriter Joel Stein sought to fulfill his lifelong dream but then ran into a neighbor who “explained that urinals, to my shock, gross women out.” Unsanitary lidlessness, along with an unfortunate name—which conjures the word “crapinals”... More »

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