Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Crapper bashing

Western civilization continues to take a beating. Nothing is sacred. If it was the creation of the white man, it is subject to criticism.

And the libs here at home are about as self-deprecating as they come. They go out of their way to distance themselves from their European roots.

Why, even the water closet isn’t above reproach. No sir. Flush toilets aren’t all they are cracked up to be.

During a “dry run” of the Olympics in China, they held an event at the “Water Cube” venue…only to discover that not everyone in the world likes China’s squat toilets.

Having traveled in China I was pleased to hear someone raise the question. Sit-down, flush toilets are just fine with me.

I went in search of a few photos of the squat toilet to help me explain the problem to my coworkers. And I stumbled upon this little gem in Wikipedia:
Proponents of squat toilets argue that:
*It is less expensive and easier to clean and maintain.
*It does not involve any contact between the buttocks and a potentially unsanitary surface.
*The lack of water in the bowl avoids the problem of splashing.
*Squatting might help to build the required pressure more comfortably and quickly.
*Squatting makes elimination faster, easier and more complete.
*Elimination in squatting posture protects the nerves that control the prostate, bladder and uterus from becoming stretched and damaged.
*Squatting relaxes the puborectalis muscle which normally chokes the rectum in order to maintain continence.
*Squatting securely seals the ileocecal valve, between the colon and the small intestine. In the conventional sitting position, this valve is unsupported and often leaks during evacuation.
*For pregnant women, squatting avoids pressure on the uterus when using the toilet. Daily squatting helps prepare the mother-to-be for a more natural delivery.
*Squatting may reduce the occurrence or severity of hemorrhoids and possibly other colorectal disorders such as diverticulosis and appendicitis.

I’m telling you, the libs will find something amiss in all things Western. They just can’t leave things alone.

I also came across this sign for the toilets in airports. My first thought was that it is a message to Senator Larry Craig!

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