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The toilet poll!

  1. I leave the entire seat up!

    10 vote(s)
  2. I leave only the lower half down!

    14 vote(s)
  3. I close the seat/lid completely prior to flushing.

    1 vote(s)
  4. I close the seat/lid completely, post flush.

    4 vote(s)
  1. Aug 24, 2003 #1
    So, when you use the washroom, to do either number 1, or number two, how do you leave the toilet seat?

    (I'll explain why I ask, later!)
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  3. Aug 24, 2003 #2
    This toilet poll stinks...

    Are we talking about at home or someplace else?

    I always put the lid back on top of the 5-Gallon bucket (I'll try not to mention corn cobs)!!

    Actually, I clean up the bowl and make sure the seat is placed down (to keep unfortunates from falling in the thing accidentally, especially at night).

    Remember: if you sprinkle when you tinkle be a sweety and wipe the seaty.
  4. Aug 24, 2003 #3
    where is the option for "wherever it was when you were done using it"?
  5. Aug 25, 2003 #4


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    Usually I just leave the seat up since I live on my own; however, whenever I have guest (particularly girls), I tend to lower the toilet seat and lid all the way. Guess its just a courtsey issue.
  6. Aug 25, 2003 #5
    Left that one off as it usually isn't always in the appropriate position when starting.

    Sign in the host's bathroom, "We aim to please, you aim too please!"
  7. Aug 25, 2003 #6
    Re: This toilet poll stinks...

    And, "If it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown flush it down" (water conservation rules)
  8. Aug 25, 2003 #7
    Nice of you , but I am sorta looking for a little more then just a "courtesy issue"
  9. Aug 25, 2003 #8
    I wondered if we were getting kinda slow around here. Now after seeing this post, I have my answer
  10. Aug 25, 2003 #9
    YUP!! real evidence of just how quickly things get "flushed out" isn't it!! [?]
  11. Aug 25, 2003 #10
    *turns green with envy*

    Now that's super stylish !

    I think I may have guessed where this thread is going...
  12. Aug 25, 2003 #11
    Re: *turns green with envy*

    Actually I had done this to tell of the researcher who had researched this and found that when a toilet is flushed the swirling water "atomizes" and sends out a very fine mist/spray of bacterally laden moisture.
    Apparently this "bacteria laden moisture" arises from the toilet bowl, then settles upon everything, and anything, that is in your bathroom....your toothbrush, face-cloth, towels, etc. etc.

    It was to this I had meant to address the issue, and the resultant idea that the best thing to do, with any, and every toilet seat (that you have chance to employ) is to close the lid completely prior to flushing, hence eliminating that debate 'tween males and females about "half down", (bottom half only, Female) "none down" (whole seat in up position, Male) seat arrangement.

    So away we go, can we flush out further comments?

    EDIT SP!
  13. Aug 25, 2003 #12
    Hmmm, I didn’t know anything about what you mentioned, I thought it was going to be about snakes or sewer rats coming up out of the toilet.
    The "bacteria laden moisture" scenario sounds particularly nasty, but better the underside of the toilet lid than your toothbrush. Maybe I'll go back to 5-gallon buckets again, haha
  14. Aug 25, 2003 #13


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    I couldn't remember the cool jingle about peeing on the seat, so here's one about using a convient store restroom:

    If you have to crap, dont use the seat, the crabs in here jump 20 feet.

    For a time I use to leave the seat down, but here recent with woman wanting to open there own doors and such, I wonder why they can't raise the seat for us?

    And that is interesting, and uhh, nasty about the bacteria thing. Wouldn't a bowl sanitizer take care of that problem though? You know, the things that make the water blue.
  15. Aug 26, 2003 #14
    As far as I know spraying water into the air helps to kill bacteria, (%? <100%?) as it is employed as a useful form of water sanitation, just that, even dead bacteria can invoke a "pyrotogenic (pyro/fire + genisis/start) reaction" as the cells walls of the dead bacteria still have the protien coat and can still induce a fever from the human bodies immune reaction to what it will still recognize as "foriegn".

    It will not particularily give you an actual cold or flu, but it can still produce fever.

    The "blue stuff" I suspect is effective, but it might just "aerosol" along with the rest of the contents of the bowl, so some of that would join the (now dead?) bacteria/germs that will settle within the space that they aerosol in.

    Sound tasty? brush your teeth, and find out??
  16. Aug 26, 2003 #15
    if we're tlaking public i leave the bottom seat down only but ofcourse makesure i have sufficently coverd it with urine...
  17. Aug 27, 2003 #16
    So that was YOU in the washroom, with the urine, that slid the butler off the seat, and crashed him into the library floor, holding the candlestick, that slew the attendant.
    I never had a clue!
  18. Aug 27, 2003 #17
    The only thing that has (sorta) bugged me about this entire "Toilet poll" thing, I cannot remember the name of the researcher who clearly deserves the credit for having figured it out!
  19. Aug 27, 2003 #18
    I saw him interviewed on TV in the late 1980s. He was a first-rank
    germophobe, the type of guy who
    opens doors with a tissue.

    He may never suffer from a bacteriological infection but
    you could see his Blood Pressure
    was working on a really big
    aneurism for him.
  20. Aug 28, 2003 #19
    Quite possible, but as I recall, the one that I had read, had been published in the Newspaper mid, to late 90's.
    (Possibly from Mc Gill University??)

    One stat I had heard was something along the lines of if you cleaned all of the bacteria off of yourself, (your skin) 'cept one, within 24 hrs, you would have the equivalent of the number of humans on the planet, as bacteria, back (reborn) on your skin. Neat eh??
  21. Aug 28, 2003 #20

    And some people claim they don't
    have any pets!
  22. Nov 5, 2003 #21
    I've been ill for awhile, and this is just to make sure I haven't gotten better yet.

    Sung to a popular tune, about a man reverting to 5-Gallon buckets in order to avoid unsanitary mist-spraying toilets.

    Gimme Back My Buckets
    (Allen Collins -- Ronnie VanZant -- BoulderHead)

    Commodes are strange when they're flushin', yes indeed
    Well I've seen the lime deposits and the water vapour's been on me
    But I keep on workin' 'em out like a workin' man doo-doo
    Started using using tidy-bowl, and I hope that you are too

    Gimme back my buckets
    Put 'em back where they belong
    Ain't flushin' it down 'cause I done had my fun
    Don't wanna see no mist droplets flung
    Gimme back my buckets

    Sweet sprayin' toilets done run my immunity system down
    And I've injested enough "aerosol" to float a battleship around
    So I'm leavin' this game one flush ahead of you
    But you will not see me smile 'cause my teeth have all turned blue

    Gimme back my buckets
    Put 'em back where they belong
    Ain't flushin' it down 'cause I done had my fun
    Ain't gonna see no more mist droplets flung
    Gimme back, gimme back my buckets
    Oh, put 'em back... where they belong

    Been working the handle since I turned seventeen
    Then I read this poll, and it made me lose my dream
    Since I brought my buckets back, I'm feelin' better everyday
    Tell all those toilet flushers, better get out of my way

    Gimme back my buckets
    Put 'em back where they belong
    Ain't flushin' it down, 'cause I done had my fun
    Don't wanna see no mist droplets flung
    Gimme back, gimme back my buckets
    Oh put 'em back where they belong
    Gimme back my buckets
  23. Nov 5, 2003 #22


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    Before I had kids, I left the toilet in whatever state was most convenient. But my 2 year old is fascinated by toilet water. He orinally wanted to just play with it, but lately he's been trying to give himself a "swirly".

  24. Nov 5, 2003 #23
    First of all, Boulderhead, you need a hobby! You've got way too much time on your hands. Cool song though. I like the teeth turning blue line.

    My wife and I made an arrangement a long time ago that we would both put the seat and the cover down. Sometimes I do it before, sometimes after flushing. We also have a dog and this is a good way to assure that she does not help herself to a drink now and then.

    Njorl, I love kids, but there are times when I am sooo glad I just have a dog.
  25. Nov 9, 2003 #24
    toilet fun

    once, someone i knew (not me i swear) mummified the a public toilet in oodles of toilet paper and then soaked it all in their urine. whenever i get in to that "dark place" i think about that and it brings me back to the light.

    i was thinking of starting a related thread with a poll: which hand do you wipe your ass with? there would be two options: right hand and left hand.

    then, after a few people answer the poll, i'd say, "yuck! i don't use my hand, i use toilet paper."
  26. Nov 11, 2003 #25
    All the toilet seats were stolen from police headquarters.
    The police have nothing to go on.
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