Top Twelve Unique Urinals

What is it about the urinal that inspires so much creativity? The public fascination may have started in 1917, when Marcel Duchamp revolutionized the art world with a signed urinal on its side he named, “Fountain”.

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Since then, the humble urinal has taken about every form imaginable; from ornate, to innovative, to downright scary.  Here’s a list of the twelve most unique urinals we’ve seen over the years, and as plumbers, we’ve seen our share:

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#12: Guitar Urinal

This electric guitar urinal, commissioned by Billboard Music Brasil,  is hard to top. The pressure-sensitive strings play music while you go, and you can even download an “M-Pee-3” of your urinal masterpiece online afterwards.

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#11: Horn Urinal

Encore! Here’s another music-inspired urinal out of a pub in Freiburg, Germany. These urinals were crafted from old tenor horns, but good luck getting a concerto out of them. The design has drawn a few complaints from music lovers, but we appreciate the humor and creativity.

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#10: Ceramic Art Urinal

The Kohler Art Center out of Sheboygan, Wisconsin has some of the most beautiful urinals on Earth, but this one from artist Ann Agee takes the cake. Painted to look like ceramic dishware, this urinal is an ode to all things water.

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#9: Guillotine Urinal

Here’s a urinal that will make you think twice before stepping up to it, let alone flushing. This foreboding guillotine urinal is located in Rheinfels Castle, Germany. As if you weren’t vulnerable enough in public restrooms…

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#8: Shark Urinal

On the subject of scary but unique urinals, we give you the Shark urinal from the tourist pirate ship in sunny Puerto Vallarta!

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#7: Venus Fly Trap Urinal

One more for the scary urinal files,  behold the Venus Fly Trap urinal! This fully-functional beauty was crafted by San Francisco artist Clark Sorensen. With its sharps spikes and an asking price of $11,500, we sincerely hope this urinal is only used for decoration.

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#6: Flower Urinals

You know, Clark Sorensen’s work is just too amazing for one entry. His company, Clarkmade, makes some of the most whimsical urinals in existence, and they’re all one-of-a-kind. On his work Clark says, “The contradiction of taking an unsightly urinal and transforming it into a graceful object like a flower or shell is a potent combination.”

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#5: Planter Urinal

Another combination of nature and urinal, this photograph, titled “pisspots”, was taken by Alana Mandel at a university in Austin, Texas. Apparently this bathroom was converted from boy’s to girl’s, so instead of costly renovations, they turned the urinals into planters. Brilliant!

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#4: Tree Urinals

We can’t find much information on this unique set of tree urinals except the location: a Hello Kitty theme park in (where else?) Tokyo, Japan. Personally, I find these guys creepier than the guillotine.

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#3: Super Nintendo Urinal

This fully-functional, fantastically nerdy urinal is made entirely of old SNES game cartridges. If you wanted to make one yourself, the guys who thought it up have in-depth instructions on their blog.

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#2: Glow-in-the-dark Urinal

Just when you thought you’d seen it all, a urinal that glows in the dark. This polyethylene beauty, called “illuminating gloo” was designed by Philip Watts and lit with LEDs. Check out their website for other styles and pricing.

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#1: Color-changing Urinal

Our last entry is a bit of a mystery; what’s been dubbed the “Thermochromatic” urinal. Based on the image, it seems these urinals are covered with heat-sensitive panels that change colors as you go. But it seems impossible to find any other pictures or information regarding this urinal online, so it may not even exist. Even if it’s only legend, this urinal really gets the imagination…flowing.

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Any urinals we missed? Leave a reply!

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Top 10 Toilets on Planet Earth

Behold, ladies and gentlemen! Without further ado, here are the ten greatest toilets on the planet as of March 15, 2013:

#10: Aquarium Toilet

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Looking to add some life to your bathroom? The Fish N’ Flush Toilet is perfect for you! With a 2.2 gallon detchable aquarium piece, this toilet can hold all your fishy friends: and don’t worry about accidentally flushing Nemo, the toilet is separate from the aquarium.

#9: Pipe Toilet


This lime green futuristic toilet was designed by 2-B-2 Architecture with a water droplet in mind, but it’s hard not to notice the resemblance to a smoking pipe. Speaking of smoking…

#8: Incinerating Toilet


This incinerating toilet is produced by Incinolet who say it  “uses electric heat to reduce human waste to a clean, non-polluting ash…uses no water and drains nothing out.” Looks incredible, and sounds great if there’s little water nearby. But how much gas does thing need? And I can’t help imagining it malfunctioning when I sit down…

#7: Golden Toilet


Valued at 5 million dollars, this is the most expensive toilet in existence outside of a spaceship. Why? It’s made entirely out of 24 karat solid gold. Talk about a throne!

#6: Disappearing Toilet


From the flashiest toilet on earth to the most concealed; designed for late night party-goers in London, this public toilet goes underground during the day and lifted hydraulically at night. Manufactured by Urilift.

#5: Green Toilet


This Loowatt toilet recently earned a $100,000 grant from the The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation meant to find affordable plumbing solutions for developing nations. This revolutionary toilet is waterless, chemical free, and most impressively, collects your waste for fertilizer and fuel.

#4: Tech Toilet

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For those with way too much expendable income,  here’s the ‘Souped Up John’ toilet. It features a TV, TiVo, DVD, XBox, laptop, refrigerator, megaphone and Ipod dock. And a toilet paper holder, if you need that sort of thing for a toilet.

#3: Instrumental Toilet

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Here’s a toilet that earns its spot based on sheer creativity. A tuba for a bowl, a cymbal & music book for a tank cover? Even if this toilet isn’t functional or even real, it’s just that cool.

#2: Egg Toilet

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Here’s another toilet that seems to jump straight off the set of a Sci-Fi movie. Located at Sketch in London, these toilets are contained in a series of futuristic, LED-lit pods which hold their own separate bathroom areas. Eggstraordinary!

#1: Transformer Toilet


And our winner? The greatest toilet on Earth is The Ultimate Clean Toilet by Young Sang Eun. As if the innovative Jetsons-like design wasn’t enough, what puts this toilet at #1 is its ability to transform from a standard toilet to a functional urinal with the press of a button.

 

Disagree with any of our choices? Have your own? Leave a reply and let us know!