The internet’s abuzz with discussion of the new toilet design, whose goal is to reduce employee time in the bathroom. Created by the late stage poop capitalists at StandardToilet.Net, it’s a toilet whose seat is at a 13° downward angle, requiring you to use your legs just to stay on the seat. After sitting on it for just a few minutes, most people will find it uncomfortable.
A 13° degree angle may not seem like much, so think of it this way: That’s a 23.1% grade (a 45° angle is considered to be a 100% grade). As a comparison, here’s a San Francisco street with a 25% grade, which means that it’s only slightly more angled than the new toilet:
(If you’d like to see the grades of other San Francisco streets, see this article: San Francisco hills and grades.)
This toilet isn’t just an affront to employee dignity, but inconsiderate to people with gastrointestinal issues, people who need a little quiet time and privacy, and an outright violation of statutes for the disabled. I can also see it never being installed in executive washrooms.
I can see it getting an Ayn Rand Seal of Approval.
- Nerdist: Sloped Toilet Aims to Curb Employee Bathroom Time
- BBC: Social media awash with scorn for ‘sloping toilet’
- The Engineering Toolbox: Slope — Degree, Gradient, and Grade Converter
- Forbes: Ten Unmistakable Signs Of A Bad Place To Work