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22 June 2011

So men usually splatter urine everywhere? I'm glad I didn't know this until now. How often do men clean the area? I thought issues of splatter had to do with hoverers.
Not interested in discussing this overmuch, but I have lived by myself, lived in single-sex environments, and lived with men, and I've noticed when cleaning the bathroom that it's only when I've lived with men that you have to really wipe down every cranny in the toilet base's outside surface because there is a smell.

And not all men - some are cleaner (=more accurate) than others.
posted by Miko 22 June | 13:41
Shit, I usually piss all around the room, try and hit every toothbrush on the rack; keeps people out of my fuckin' business.
posted by Hugh Janus 22 June | 13:56
it's also not really a 'clean stream' you know, it's not like a high pressure hose or some precision instrument

the pressure varies, the blockage varies, sometimes it's a spray rather than a stream
posted by Firas 22 June | 13:56
Sometimes if I jack off before I go to bed it glues the edges of my pisshole together overnight and in the morning I manage to miss the toilet altogether, simultaneously pissing on my foot and the mirror above the sink.

Then I take a shit on the floor because, you know, men.
posted by Hugh Janus 22 June | 14:00
Ethylene, did you ever read the epic "men pee in the sink" Askme thread, and its subsequent Meta? I highly recommend it; I learned many, many things about men that day.
posted by Melismata 22 June | 14:44
I do not splatter. The toilet splatters.
posted by Eideteker 22 June | 14:44
The toilet splatters. - Actually, this is the case for about 50%. No matter how precisely centered and accurate the stream, bowl water will always splash out. Any aim off center increases the chances of urine splatter.
posted by Ardiril 22 June | 15:40
I have not read this epic thread. Should I?
posted by ethylene 22 June | 16:36
I did a quick search for that thread but I don't think I found it. Found one about peeing in the shower, one about "if its yellow let it mellow", and another on the ultimate question: the toilet seat up or down. Scanning through those I realize that there are damn few people I could stand to live with.
posted by DarkForest 22 June | 17:40
I've lived with men and never noticed a pronounced odor, and did most of the toilet cleaning that I knew of.
posted by ethylene 22 June | 17:43
Here's the original thread, and the meta where the discussion continued. (And, Jessamyn said it was all right to talk about penises there.)
posted by Melismata 22 June | 21:05
It doesn't surprise me that some men would pee in sinks. They are penis height. I doubt they are ever filling the basin for things though.
This fine mist of urine is a revelation.
posted by ethylene 23 June | 09:27
It seems like this is more or less of a problem depending on what country you live in, as it's dictated by the design of the toilet bowl. My understanding is that toilets in the US are shallower and have more horizontal surfaces than those here. If you can manage to aim accurately enough to get the stream anywhere inside the bowl of an Australian toilet, there should be little or (more likely) no splashback. Which is still too small a target under some circumstances, but it usually shouldn't be a problem.
posted by dg 23 June | 17:25
I am old. I sit. Problem solved.
posted by Splunge 23 June | 17:25
I live in the Bible Belt. I piss in the yard. Problem also solved. (Bonus: eco-friendly!)

Mostly kidding. Mostly.
posted by ufez 23 June | 18:17
But according to that thread, you are spraying yourself with a mist of urine every time you pee.
posted by ethylene 23 June | 18:35
Interesting to read in the thread about the targets some urinals have (bulls-eyes, little cakes, ice, etc.) My friend said that to teach his young son how to toilet train, they have these little sponges that expand when wet, and that it's fun to find cigarette butts in a urinal to saturate.

The conclusion I draw from all this is that for men, peeing, is, well, interesting. (Hence the expressions pissing contest, piss up a rope, etc.) Which is fascinating, because for me it's one of the most boring things in the world to do.
posted by Melismata 23 June | 21:03
Maybe it's more interesting because it's more, well, visible and we can manipulate the process more?

A good tip for toilet training boys is to use a ping-pong ball in the bowl - they are too light to be flushed away and give them something to aim at.
posted by dg 23 June | 21:32
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