Russians built “Love Toilets” at Sochi Olympics

The BBC’s Steve Rosenberg is already in Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympics, beginning in just a few weeks, and he stumbled upon something rather odd in the new construction for the Olympics. A love toilet.


The Russians have spent a record $50 billion preparing for the Olympics, with reports suggesting that anywhere from 1/3 to over half the money has been stolen by corrupt officials. So perhaps it’s no surprise that someone built a toilet-for-two.

I still have to wonder what possessed someone to build this. Then again, considering how behind construction has been at Sochi – they still don’t have the hotels ready – perhaps they got paid per toilet, and some enterprising thief came up with this unique solution to double his pay. Who knew corruption could be so cozy?!

This brings to mind the classic SNL faux-mmercial, “The Love Toilet.” You can watch that video below, it’s great.

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154 Responses to “Russians built “Love Toilets” at Sochi Olympics”

  1. Stephen says:

    When backpacking there were wooden boxes set up along the trail like this for pooping. The side by sides were called Pilot to Co-Pilot. The back to back were called Pilot to Bombardier.

  2. Maestro says:

    man, a part of me wants them to get blown up now.

  3. mirror says:

    Americans have seriously spoiled butts. I remember going to France as a 12 yo many moons ago and being very troubled that I had to pay someone in the public toilet for toilet paper and all they gave me was a material that, yes, had the consistency of wax paper. Do they pamper their butts in France now? (They do have bidets, which is pretty indulgent, a special shower for the butt hole. Not totally clear why the bidet is considered Unamerican)

  4. AnthonyLook says:

    Ironic silly Russian bigots.

  5. Whitewitch says:

    I have been contemplating the same move…wondered if it was hard to do. When I took the moniker WhiteWitch (like 15 years ago) it was really a reference to like Glinda in Oz and a blend of my pagan orientation….now it seems a bit outdated and well frankly racist in a weird kind of way. Sort of sad really.

  6. The_Fixer says:

    Good luck with the construction project. Those things can have unexpected complications.

    Yeah, I have sinus problems, I know what you mean about forced air. Especially in the winter when the house is mostly closed-up to outside air and the air gets stale. Of course the air quality in this town is not great, we have paper mills here (one of them owned by the Koch’s) and they belch out all kinds of smelly crap. I guess the summer is not great here, either :)

    I know if I had my own house in a better part of the country, solar is something I’d be doing. Initial investment may be high, but it pays off fairly quickly. Of course, you need the money first…

  7. The_Fixer says:

    I’m familiar with the blankets in doorways, have had to do that myself.

    You find the floor grates in some old houses around here. Mostly ones that originally didn’t have central heat. Lived in one about 20 years ago, had a natural gas space heater downstairs, nothing upstairs. Ours was above the kitchen sink. So when someone was washing dishes, you got steam heat :)

    As charming as old houses are, I would never live in one again unless it was fully modernized. I hate freezing.

  8. The_Fixer says:

    Reminds me of the “Can you spare a square” episode of Seinfeld. Tee-Hee!

  9. karmanot says:

    indeed. We were raised with both. Jello, I believe, is in a state of aspiration for aspic.

  10. karmanot says:

    So true. After maturing into quite a decent guy our handsome anti-hero has once again been reduced to a stereotype of a nasty bitter queen plotting and gossiping.

  11. karmanot says:

    We heated the Vermont farmhouse by wood stove, but it required putting heavy woolen blankets over most of the doors. the upstairs was freezing. Once we got a subsidy for oil, but it ran out before the winter ended—that steam heat was such a luxury. One good thing, one upstairs bedroom had a floor grate just above the cook stove, so it always smelled like food and was warm for a bit.

  12. Monophylos Fortikos says:

    Yeah. Decided to pick something a bit different and really there’s no way to ease into it. Personal reasons. But I’m the same overeducated and grandiloquent schmuck.

  13. karmanot says:

    Reflexive in this case,but you are welcome.

  14. BeccaM says:

    We can afford some home improvement, but just not everything at once. Right now, my wife is beginning construction (using plans she found on the ‘net and a big pile of lumber) on a high-tunnel, to help extend our growing season and protect certain garden plants from both frosts and the wicked winds we often get here in the springtime.

    I do find myself wishing we had natural gas here though, as that’d make using the underfloor heating a no-brainer and rather inexpensive compared to the other means available to us in the current set-up.

    As for the solar…well, that’s a long term dream for us. We want to have both solar heating and electricity. Here in NM, it’d probably work fairly well.

  15. 4th Turning says:

    We say “mold” down south or aspic for when company comes.

  16. 4th Turning says:

    (And thanks again M4 for weighing in.) Some of my best friends are
    fiscal conservatives (accomplishing a lot on a little!) and/or devoutly
    religious (although more spiritual than part of most organized religions).
    Username suggests a bitter, long-running rant canned for all US blogs
    whatever color spectrum. I hope he can realize the great majority of us
    have had our own personal involvements with fundamentalism and right-
    wing extremism and have moved on. Fundamentalism is a means used
    by those in power to hold onto it for themselves. The 85 world’s
    richest don’t kid around. Fundamentalism is endemic worldwide.

  17. 4th Turning says:

    Worse. julian has turned our Thomas into a cardboard cut-out eunuch whose
    only duties, apparently, are to lurk about in those endless hallways all day in an uncomfortable prom rental. If he’d quit smoking and develop a sense of
    humor I wouldn’t mind chatting with him online.(Hope he kept his old army

  18. The_Fixer says:

    Yeah, home improvement is great if you can afford it.

    Where I live now, there’s a natural gas-fired forced air system. Pretty vanilla, but it does the job. However, at 20+ years and having to repair it every season (it always fails in the middle of the coldest nights, too), it’s due to be replaced in the summer. Luckily, I have a friend who is a HVAC engineer/contractor who will get my roommate (who is the homeowner) a deep discount.

    I hope you can do the solar thing. Up here, it likely is not much of an option. We’re so far north and covered by clouds most of the winter that it wouldn’t be too effective for us. They’ve advertised geothermal a lot around here, but don’t know how good it is for this area, and what is required. I suspect a sizable initial investment though, as you have to dig up the yard to put it in.

    Oh, well. Hope you don’t have to shell out too much this winter for the privilege of staying warm!

  19. 4th Turning says:

    Go to the food channel for a few minutes and note the enormous portions of babyback ribs
    our fellow americans are shovelling down their throats in popular restaurants across this
    great land of ours and you will see why foreigners might think we require two toilets.
    (Just one of those meals would nourish a family of four for a day in a refugee camp…)

  20. lynchie says:

    Maybe Texans are twice as full of shit as the rest of the country.

  21. lilyannerose says:

    Driving through West Texas came across a couple of restaurants and gas station restrooms with the same set up. Thought it was rather weird.

  22. HeartlandLiberal says:

    The sponge on a stick.

    Someone else who has read their history of Rome, I see.

  23. Lora says:

    Thanks for sharing

  24. BeccaM says:

    Yeah… I wish we could run the underfloor, because once the temperature stabilizes, that’s it — as long as you’ve got a boiler strong enough to handle the house, the temperature won’t budge unless you want it to. Plus differential thermostats for each room are possible.

    But we learned our lesson last winter when we fired up the system and ran it for the first few months we lived in this new (for us) house. A couple thousand in propane bills in just 3 months. Given the price jump between last year and this year, we’d be bleeding dry if we had to heat with propane alone now.

    Fortunately, we had a discussion with the former owner (who’s become a good friend) and one of the first things he said was, “Yeah, I wanted to run the underfloor, but it was too expensive. That’s why we put in the Trane instead.”

    So now it’s wood stove heat most evenings, the heat pump when it’s warm enough to run (only works above freezing, otherwise it draws propane for auxiliary heat), and occasionally a pair of rather excellent mica-sheet space heaters for our home offices, for just a little extra where it’s needed. Also luckily, the house is very, very well insulated and not all that big.

    One thought we had though was to retrofit the underfloor with solar heating, get rid of the boiler-burner. Lots of possible projects and improvements, not enough money for all or even most of ’em.

  25. The_Fixer says:

    You said it, Sister!

    Wood heat is best when you don’t need it, but want it. Love a good fire in the fireplace, but only once in a while. Too often and it reminds me of the “bad old days.”

    Underfloor systems are great! The most sensible heating system, really. They don’t work too well in the basement, though. But I do love toasty feet :)

    There are a lot of older houses around here. Some have still got coal chutes and coal rooms. That had to be an awful way to heat a house – lots of work and very dirty. I see old pictures of the town and there’s a gray grime covering the snow in the winter scenes.

    The “good old days” weren’t always so good. A lot of the bad stuff gets forgotten and romanticized with the passing of time. We really do have it better nowadays.

    Unless, of course, you live in Russia.

  26. The_Fixer says:


    Yeah, the mountains of Colorado can be a real test of the human spirit. I lived in Denver for a time in the 70s, and loved to visit the mountains – but only in the summer. But never wanted to live there. Feet upon feet of snow makes for horrible cabin fever. How the early settlers managed to live through that is a mystery to me.

    I was born and raised in and around Chicago. We occasionally had some wicked weather (the ice storm of ’66 comes to mind), but nothing like you find in places like the UP or the Rocky Mountains.

  27. karmanot says:

    4th, It staggers the behind to behold the variety!

  28. karmanot says:

    Shades of Gunnison Colorado! Compared top what you experienced Ann Arbor was tropical,

  29. BeccaM says:

    Thanks dear. I couldn’t resist. Believe it or not, debate and rhetoric were among my favorite subjects in college.

  30. BeccaM says:

    As it turns out, we use quite a bit of wood heat here, east of ABQ. Our place actually has three different heating systems — propane underfloor, a heat pump, and the wood stove. We depend on the latter two because they’re far cheaper to run than anything that uses propane right now; last we checked (today) it was $2.20/gal, which is outrageous.

    Occasionally on the ultra super cold days/nights, we have to switch the heat pump over to propane boost mode, but fortunately it’s not all that often. And electricity where we live isn’t that bad as far as expense.

    I’ll be honest though and admit I’d rather the wood heat be ‘want to’ rather than ‘have to.’

  31. The_Fixer says:

    The UP, exactly!

    We had party-line telephones (ours was one short-ring and one long, the letter “A” in Morse code) which featured nosy neighbors listening in on our conversations.

    It also featured a kick-ass stereo system with the nearest neighbor 1/4 mile away, so we could listen to Poco, the Eagles (back when they were good) and many others at high volume levels and not bother anyone :)

    So there were some good points to it. The bad was the aforementioned toilet situation, the horrible unemployment problem and locals that were peculiar (and that is a charitable assessment).

    It was also the place where I experienced -38F temperatures (real, not wind-chill), something I never wish to experience again.

  32. karmanot says:

    :-) Hello 4th. We could be the only ones in the universe allergic to Downton Abby. The writing this season is painfully trite and embarrassing. Further, I hold a grudge against the Carnavans for mutilating that beautiful Paladin estate house and covering it in kitsch Victorian neo-Gothic rickrack.

  33. The_Fixer says:

    I believe that is the unicorn formerly known as Monoceros Forth. I hovered over his avatar and his Disqus URL showed up that way.

    But what really gives him away is the intelligent, erudite nature of his comments, of course.

  34. karmanot says:

    “you actually create the concept of God through your attachment to vehement denial”—pure classical reasoning at it’s finest! Yea!

  35. karmanot says:

    Sounds like the UP Michigan, or where we lived in Vermont!

  36. The_Fixer says:

    Yikes, indeed!

    Yeah, there was that smell problem, too. We considered getting a LP-gas toilet for a while, but they were not inexpensive (and they generate a bit of a stink, too). A septic system was not practical in the situation.

    The place was owned by a high-school buddy of mine, he built it himself. He did have running water (a shallow well), but because if the lay of the land, a real septic system was not gonna work unless he spent big bucks to reconfigure the space around the house.

    Since then, he sold the land, the house was ripped down and the new owners have a modern house there. They had to do a lot of excavating, changing and filling to get it that way, though. I shudder to think how much they spent on it.

    Although I have fond memories of the times I spent there, the toilet situation was not one of them. I have had enough of that and of using wood for heat. I am not a pioneer at heart.

  37. karmanot says:

    I know and should show more restraint. I’m am truly disturbed to have caused such evident and unhinged pain. After all cause and effect is karma.

  38. BeccaM says:

    Wrong blog, dude. Redstate is that-a-way ———>

    But thanks for the giggles.

  39. BeccaM says:

    Actually, in one of the teeny apartments in which my wife and I stayed while in India came with an admonition not to flush toilet paper — for exactly that reason.

    So there was a trash bin next to the toilet, which needed to be emptied every couple of days at the most…

    We were really glad later on to be able to relocate to a place in another building that didn’t have those restrictions.

  40. BeccaM says:

    Yikes! And ick! lol

    My main complaint was the horrific smell, especially in high summer. I hear though that nowadays, proper composting toilets aren’t bad.

  41. The_Fixer says:

    I lived far up in the Northwoods for a time in the 1970s. We had an outhouse. We also frequently saw lower than -20F temperatures. We considered putting heat tape on the seat (like they put on pipes to keep them from freezing) at one point.

    One night at 3 A.M., I had a bad bout of… urgency. The outhouse was uphill, to boot. Needless to say, it was a challenge that I, unfortunately, was unable to meet successfully.

    All of the romanticism and charm of living in a small house in the remote woods disappeared in that one moment. It wasn’t too long after that I moved into town to a place with normal indoor facilities.

  42. The_Fixer says:

    Well, I knew that :)

    Seriously, after a while, you just get so sick and tired of these people that you just want to shut them down and tell them to go to hell.

    I am waiting for him to furnish the link. I suspect that he does not have a capable sarcasm demodulator, and that’s the real problem.

  43. 4th Turning says:

    Hey, karm. You let this one off way too easy! You soft on limeys or what?
    (“my duty” the give-away! Doubtless “semet” on his coat of arms.)
    Only us ‘uns have permission to use the n-word! I definitely won’t
    be watching downton abbey next week with the volume turned up!

  44. Ninong says:

    If Tesak is sent back to Moscow and ends up in the gulag again, he will be able to reconnect with some of his buddies. They can “work out” together.

  45. 4th Turning says:

    Just googled “two holer outhouses-images”. Maybe they were just trying to accommodate us
    after the sodomy laws faux pas.
    Link might be too long for this space.
    Thanks Moderator3. Let’s keep fingers crossed google translator is on an extended
    coffee break.

  46. karmanot says:

    —A veritable jello salad of canned words.

  47. karmanot says:

    Irony, only second to tragedy in the pantheon of fate and the play of condition.

  48. karmanot says:

    Thanks for the laugh cracked-pot!

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  50. karmanot says:

    Actually ‘a’ is an article, not a word. Better try next time.

  51. karmanot says:

    Or a surreal interpretation of FDR. :-)

  52. karmanot says:

    xxxxoooo from Karmanot

  53. karmanot says:

    Karmanot is having a sadz.

  54. Ninong says:

    It’s too bad that Maxim “Tesak” Martsinkevich is stuck in Cuba, because I’m sure he and his bear buddies would love these toilets!

  55. karmanot says:

    I couldn’t find it fixer. The link leads to the Sochi flag post.

  56. karmanot says:

    Friends are joy! Especially when all the bridges have released their occupants..

  57. karmanot says:

    Karmanot has studied long and hard to learn Trollese and communicate at the appropriate level.

  58. karmanot says:

    One has to admit, you are an inspiration of sorts.

  59. karmanot says:

    Sorry sweet pea, but I was gay before you were a fetus.

  60. karmanot says:

    Apparently, it’s one of the perks.

  61. Whitewitch says:

    Did you change your name from something simliar?

  62. Ninong says:

    I don’t think it’s a bidet. They look identical and the Russian guy who posted the picture said it was an example of a double toilet, which is said is not uncommon in some parts of Russia. The guy’s a correspondent for the BBC.

  63. Whitewitch says:

    I am pretty sure you have the wrong person Suthrnboy….so sorry that you are stressed by Karmanot…perhaps it was his wicked keen sense of humour you didn’t understand……

  64. Whitewitch says:

    Hey Karmanot…I think you have a stalker!

  65. StraightGrandmother says:

    “Please pass the toilet paper”
    “No you’ve had enough”
    “What do you mean I have had enough? Give me some more toilet paper!”
    “Alright, one more piece use it wisely.”

  66. Moderator3 says:

    The person attacks need to stop.

  67. Zorba says:

    Boy oh boy, are you on the wrong blog for this comment!
    This is a pro-gay-rights, liberal-leaning blog.
    Either your reading skills or your comprehension skills are lacking.

  68. Suthrnboy says:

    Goodbye, jerk. Lots of egotistical, vindictive nonsense coming from you. You fit right in with the close-minded stereotyping bigot, karmanot. Have fun with your super intellectual circle jerk…

  69. Suthrnboy says:

    Its not my bag to spend time arguing with internet fools, as it is yours. I come to make a comment every few political events or so, and then I go back to a life, so unlike you, I’m not practiced. Congratulations on that!

  70. Monophylos Fortikos says:

    “I’m not seeing it.” There’s a shocker.

  71. nicho says:

    Aren’t you supposed to be cleaning your parents’ basement right now? You can’t stay there without doing some work.

  72. Suthrnboy says:

    Gosh you think a lot of your intellect, don’t you? I’m not seeing it. According to you, sacks of rocks can type. Not only is your humor extremely strained, it makes not a lick of sense. Stick to your day job, you smart, tough, insulter you!

  73. Monophylos Fortikos says:

    One of us has to, sweetheart, and really you’re not keeping up your end.

  74. The_Fixer says:

    I had to hunt for the first one. Yep, that’s insulting. I would hope you can get past that, though. It can’t be the first time you’ve heard it, and your user name might reinforce that stereotype, no? You may not think so, but from the point of view of people who don’t live in the south, it does.

    I sense that the second comment was meant to be sarcastic. I would have to see the context to be sure, and you didn’t provide a link.

    I don’t say that Karmanot is perfect, hell, none of us are. But to call him a gay basher is pretty much unbelievable, based on my time spent on this blog. I think other people who frequent this blog would say the same.

  75. Naja pallida says:

    Don’t get involved? If it’s so personal, then keep it personal and don’t post your ad hominem attacks in public.

  76. Monophylos Fortikos says:

    “Your insults don’t hurt me.”

    True. Sacks of rocks may be dumb but they are invulnerable to pain as well. I envy that sometimes.

  77. Suthrnboy says:

    Big strong insulter you are! You go!

  78. Suthrnboy says:

    Your insults don’t hurt me. They hurt you. Tough guy.

  79. Monophylos Fortikos says:

    Not too bright either, from the looks of it.

  80. Suthrnboy says:

    The stereotyping of southerners takes place in this article’s comments.

    The gay bashing was during the Chicago Teachers Strike a year and a half ago. This person implied if you didn’t support the teachers, you must not like “lady parts”, i.e. you must be gay. Horrible person…

  81. Naja pallida says:

    It’s actually pretty common in many places in Russia to have to ask the owner or attendant for toilet paper before going, because they don’t keep it in with the toilet itself. Just give them a nudge and say: Izvinite. Mozhno tualetnuyu bumagu?

    Maybe we should make a list of how to say “Excuse me. May I have toilet paper?” in several different languages, as a pub(l)ic service.

  82. The_Fixer says:

    Haven’t seen it here. Point to comment links and share.

  83. Suthrnboy says:

    No. I’m sure I’ve got the right person. Its a pattern.

  84. The_Fixer says:

    Think you got the wrong person, or you don’t understand sarcasm, which Karmanot frequently uses.

  85. Suthrnboy says:

    Not a bot. (Thats three words) :)

  86. Suthrnboy says:

    Don’t get involved. Its personal with karma and I. They’re pretending to be a open minded liberal while on these very boards this person has trashed men as weak for not liking “lady parts” and trashed me for being from the south. I just want to point out how much of a close minded stereotyping bigot this person is…

  87. Monophylos Fortikos says:

    I think it’s a bot with space for only two words in its output buffer. OK, three words maybe.

  88. The_Fixer says:

    I’m sure that one could use a wiping-motion hand signal. Which is kinda gross, too.

  89. nicho says:

    Oh, a semi-literate grenade thrower.

  90. nicho says:

    Yeah — apparently, you’ve never been to Russia.

  91. The_Fixer says:

    A bad version of the “Double Your Pleasure” jingle.

  92. Suthrnboy says:

    Gay basher.

  93. Suthrnboy says:

    Close-minded stereotyper.

  94. Suthrnboy says:


  95. Naja pallida says:

    Pardon me, comrade, could you pass the sponge on a stick? When you are finished with it, of course.

  96. The_Fixer says:

    I’m thinkin’ that the contractor will exercise the contract option to charge extra for toilet tissue dispensers. It’s the Russian way – “You did not specify that in the contract, it’s extra.”

  97. karmanot says:

    You have to bring your own wax paper.

  98. karmanot says:

    Thanks for sharing! :-)

  99. Moderator4 says:

    And I feel that it is my duty as Moderator to point out that you have apparently not read the vast majority of comments on this blog, nor the commentary by the site owner and his co-authors, if you think that this blog, of all websites, is Jesus-worshipping and homophobic.
    You should realize that the site owner, John Aravosis, is a gay man and a gay-rights activist.
    Perhaps you should read a few pages of a blog first, before you jump in with your comments.

  100. nicho says:

    To hell with the terrorists. This alone would keep me from going to the Olympics. Imagine trying to take a discreet dump next to 300-pound Igor — who just finished two-liters of vodka and a pot of borscht.

  101. mirror says:

    FTW. Coffee through the nose!

  102. mirror says:

    Do you need to get the proper number of sheets before you sit down or is that a trick of the camera perspective.

  103. FLL says:

    Conveniently, former senator Larry Craig wouldn’t even have to use his “wide stance.”

  104. karmanot says:

    Are you sure that’s not a Russian bidet? —probably have to bring one’s own squirt gun to use it.

  105. VitaShark says:

    The mark on the wall shows that the partition with paper holders was removed.
    Who knows why. Probably, to get more bathrooms for wheelchair guys. The Paralympic games are next

  106. Anonymous says:

    Europeans need to realize the difference between Republicans and Democrats. Btw, there are plenty of atheists in America, and other religions besides Catholicism.

  107. Indigo says:

    That makes good sense.

  108. Indigo says:

    Similar to what I experienced as a child.

  109. Ninong says:

    I think the receptacle in the middle between the two toilets is where you are supposed to dispose of the used toilet paper! No wonder they never landed a man on the moon!

    Here’s another example from Russia.

  110. cambridgemac says:

    The System worked!!! :)

  111. jomicur says:

    I adore Jack Benny. I loved his show when I was growing up, and I still find it convulsively funny. One of the most brilliant comedians ever.

  112. PeteWa says:

    in the spirit of Ambrosino, can we please find a way to condemn the toilets, and not the toilet makers?
    it doesn’t help to point out the corruption that led to such toilets, when the toilets will remain regardless of our condemnation!
    now, can I get a double toilet hug?

  113. Monophylos Fortikos says:

    There’s irony in your posting this sort of response, here of all places, in response to a post by someone named “payingattention”.

  114. BeccaM says:

    Wouldn’t surprise me. Especially at night, during a snowstorm, it might not be that hard to get lost.

  115. nicho says:

    Too narrow to meet the specs? This is Russia we’re talking about. They don’t need no stinkin’ specs.

  116. Ninong says:

    As expected, this photo is going viral on Twitter in a big way! LOL

    That double toilet stall is in the men’s room at the Biathlon Media Center. Here’s one of the best retweets: “Two toilets – 28,000 roubles. Olympic media centre – 1.5bn roubles. Global embarrassment – priceless.”

  117. Monophylos Fortikos says:

    It’s a match made in Heaven really: the straightest straight man comedy has ever produced matched up to Liberace. Of course it’s gold.

  118. jomicur says:

    I guess they knew what they were doing (even if their public didn’t).;)

  119. Guest says:

    Communal toilets! It’s a Russian tradition!
    The BBC found these toilets at Kazan University:

  120. Monophylos Fortikos says:

    Dear God, Liberace and Jack Benny played that together?

  121. jomicur says:


  122. Guest says:

    Apparently sharing the experience of using the toilet is not uncommon in Russia. Check out these cozy facilities at Kazan University.

  123. jomicur says:

    So, actually reading the blog you’re posting on is beyond your ability? Yeah, we sure need to join people like you. LOL!

  124. Tysalpha says:

    Ummm… if you read this blog more, you’d know that we’re the folks who didn’t vote Bush in. And by the way, the first time we didn’t vote him in. Gore won the popular vote.

  125. jomicur says:

    And on the soundtrack the violins swell, playing “Love in Bloom.”

  126. perljammer says:

    Hey, thanks! It’s been a while since someone wandered in here and posted a bunch of uninformed, unintelligible from a twisted sense of “duty”. It’s always so refreshing when that happens.

  127. payingattention says:

    I think those are the flushing mechanisms. As someone more observant than I am pointed out, the TP is on the wall up high on the left! Good luck to the person on the right stool.

  128. karmanot says:

    A portable for three way deposits.

  129. Dave of the Jungle says:

    No secret foot signals required.

  130. karmanot says:

    In places like Wy there was a rope tied to the outhouse that ran to the backdoor of the farmhouse in winter, just in case a whiteout happened……according to my grandfather anyway.

  131. karmanot says:

    And last year’s copy of the Monkey Wards Catalog.

  132. God Does NOT EXIST says:

    I won’t be watching any of this due to the disgusting lack of rights to freedom people have in Russia… but seeing as this is an American Blog I feel it’s my duty to point out you lot are sick in the head with Jesus worship to the point of being homophobic, anti rational thinkers ie atheists and let’s not forget you idiots voted in Bush, twice… the man who talked to Ted Haggard once a week, his hotline to God LOL you lot need to join us Europeans in the 21st Century.

  133. KenRob says:

    And they are anti-gay? Well this solves the problem for the closeted Larry Craigs of Russia. No more having to stretch their legs to tap a message to the stall next door. LOL!

  134. karmanot says:

    Iz becauz of spy camera Bullwinkle.

  135. BeccaM says:

    Aye, it looks that way to me too. It’s not obvious from the cropped photo, but the full-sized one clearly shows there used to be a partition.

    In any case, the Olympics games have increasingly become nothing but a cesspit of corruption and graft. People forget, for instance, that Mitt Romney’s supposed crowning achievement, the 2002 games in Utah, resulted in him steering millions of dollars in business to companies he owned (through Bain Capital).

  136. karmanot says:

    The new 5 year Plan: a turd in every pot.

  137. Monophylos Fortikos says:

    I’d remove the partition too. It makes it easier to pass the flask back and forth.

  138. BeccaM says:

    My own experience with regular use of outhouses was limited to a hunting cabin my grandfather owned in upstate Pennsylvania. But my wife’s family had one at their farm, and she’s told me a couple times now how, upon a return visit in her young adult years, she was shocked to see they’d installed not only indoor plumbing, but electricity too.

  139. Ninong says:

    Looking at the back wall, it appears that there was a thin partition that was removed, probably because the stalls would have been too narrow to meet specs. So they simply removed the partition and left both toilets in place. It’s still hilarious no matter how it happened.

    Why does the toilet paper go behind your head?

  140. Drew2u says:

    another side note, I was in a restaurant in Italy waiting for the bathroom to be free and when the guy walked out I saw he didn’t flush the toilet; only did #1.
    When I got back to my table where my Italian buddy was sitting, I asked him if that was customary, to save water or what-not. He said, “Naw, that guy was just an asshole.”

  141. Tor says:

    It’s like that all around the world. Only a select few may flush their toilet paper.

  142. Tor says:

    We had one when I was a child – it did not flush. ;-) fortunately, it was a backup for the indoor-out house, or when you had to relieve yourself while out doing farm work. One of our neighbors had a three-fer, with one child-height hole.

  143. Drew2u says:

    It could be similar to Mexico City where the plumbing isn’t strong enough to handle tissue paper being flushed so a bin is placed by the toilet.
    (Sidenote: it’s pretty disgusting when one walks into a stall and there’s crumpled paper on the ground next to the toilet…)

  144. Sally says:

    Are the Russians certain they are against homosexuality? I mean, who knows whom one might meet whilst on the toilet?

  145. Indigo says:

    It’s a twofer! Every rural American home had an outdoor one before WW2 but not that nice.

  146. I noticed that about the trash can too, it seems to be malpositioned

  147. LanceThruster says:

    This would certainly help with Sen. Larry Craig’s ‘wide stance’ issue.

  148. Bob_Barnes says:

    Typical drunk Russians. It’s so you can relieve your diarrhea in one while you vomit in the other.

  149. StraightGrandmother says:

    We gotta make this go viral on
    What if you are on the toilet on the right which does not have a toilet paper dispenser, and the person on the toilet on the left doesn’t speak your language, how do you ask for toilet paper?

  150. silas1898 says:

    Those partitions must be expensive. Is that a trash can in the center?

  151. payingattention says:

    Well, maybe some will be attending from outlying villages with outdoor facilities that are two-holers, if you will. This could be semi-luxurious to them. (?)

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