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Today in Science: Five Urinals Are Better Than Seven

Jim Burroway

May 16th, 2012

Someone finally determines the most efficient number of urinals based the International Choice of Urinal Protocol. Complete with graphs and formulas.

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John
May 16th, 2012 | LINK

I saw this years ago.

Lucrece
May 16th, 2012 | LINK

Or, instead, they can just install the side covers many urinals have now, so Awkwardness is not a problem.

Hyhybt
May 16th, 2012 | LINK

The explanation I remember going around as an ASCII-illustrated email made a lot more sense: you don’t take the one next to another guy *unless there are none available that aren’t.* It also, I remember, said that going between two was better than pairing off with one.

chiMaxx
May 16th, 2012 | LINK

It just makes it clear that public johns rying to accommodate this many users should abandon urinals and simply install baseball-park-style troughs.

MsRowena
May 16th, 2012 | LINK

“Please don’t put your cigarettes in the urinals. It makes them soggy and hard to light.” LOL, best graffiti I ever saw in a men’s room!

PJB863
May 16th, 2012 | LINK

Use a trough. A trip to Wrigley Field will explain it all.

Hyhybt
May 17th, 2012 | LINK

I remember going to The Omni in Atlanta when I was little and thinking the urinals were fountains. They were doughnut-shaped troughs, raised off the floor, with a shower-head-like thing in the middle spraying in all directions to keep them rinsed.

Yes, this means that if there were other people using it then you’d be facing each other.

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