The Strangest Restaurant Bathroom I’ve Ever Experienced

I don’t know what it is about restaurant bathrooms that make designers feel they have carte blanche to make bold decisions on what’s appropriate and what’s not.

I saw this quote at the Oceanaire Seafood room:

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Airplane Bathrooms Are Nasty By The End Of The Flight. Whose Responsibility Is That, Anyway?

If you’ve ever used one of the teeny tiny lavatories on a plane, especially towards the end of the flight, you know it’s not a very pleasant experience. I’m talking just 1 or 2 steps better than a port-a-potty. You’ve got no room to move, there’s mysterious liquid on the floor, not-so-mysterious pale yellow liquid on the toilet seat, the garbage is overflowing and the sink and little 6″ x 12″ counter usually look like someone sprayed them with a firehose. At least there’s still enough toilet paper and soap, but that’s really the room’s only saving grace.

What’s up with that? Isn’t there someone scheduled to make sure it’s cleaned up during the flight?

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Dear Whoever Is Doing This At Hotels, STOP IT!

I’m never shocked when I hear about people doing stupid things. I mean, I live in Florida. People doing stupid things happens pretty much on a daily basis down here. There are some things that I look at and think, “How many people were doing this that they had to make a sign telling them not to do it?”

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The Map With Every Public Restroom In The Five Boroughs Of New York City

You guys, I think this is a dream come true!

If you’re ever in NYC, especially if you’re a tourist, it’s not always easy to find a public toilet. Some places let anyone use the facilities, some only allow customers and clients to use them. You might go past a public restroom but not want to use it because based on smell and visuals alone, who knows what’s been going on in there. You may be in the middle of a residential area (they exist!) and just not know where the nearest bathroom that’s open to the public is. And let’s face it…sometimes when you gotta go, you gotta GO, right?

Well, Dr. Wansoo Im, who has his PhD in Urban Planning, has developed a fix for that. An Associate Professor at Meharry Medical College and a former Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University, Dr. Im is a pioneer of interactive, web/mobile-based Geographic Information Systems to support community-based participation and research on a wide range of social and environmental issues. Dr. Im’s projects have included nationwide watershed maps, maps of potential mosquito breeding grounds that could contribute to the spread of the Zika virus, and a mapping project of operating gas stations in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. But the best project he’s worked on, at least for tourists, is the one where he’s developed a community participation-based interactive map of every available restroom in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island.

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