Lifting the lid on the secret behind why toilet seats are U-shaped 24



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Almost all public toilets are in the shape of a U while home toilet seats are a full circle. The open front of the seat is a bit confusing but we have recently found out why, it’s practical but also a bit of a laugh.

The U shape of public toilets is designed to be more hygienic. It means that both males and females are able to urinate without coming in contact with the seat. It also allows women to wipe without contacting the seat.

All of this makes a lot of sense and is quite interesting how much thought has gone into a toilet seat.

Do you have any other funny pieces of trivia?

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  1. And while on subject of public toilets, it makes me so mad when enter a cubicle and person before has covered the entire seat with toilet paper so they can sit and not get germs, then just leave it all there for next person to remove and get their germs.

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  2. When I went to Europe I found that the toilet bowl was back to front,a flat pan at the back and the water out let in the front, can anyone tell me why this is?

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