A toilet designed to slope downwards slightly, making it uncomfortable to sit on for more than a few minutes, has been pooh-poohed on social media.
The toilet design has an upper surface that slopes downwards at a 13-degree angle.
However, the concept – for which a patent application has been filed in the UK – has faced scorn from some.
The BBC spoke to the Mahabir Gill, the designer behind the toilet, which has been branded “StandardToilet”.
“It came from my personal experience where I stopped off at the motorway to go to the loo and realised there’s a huge queue,” he explained.
“I wondered what people were doing in there, some were coming out with their mobile phones.”
Mr Gill said a prototype of the toilet has been built and he has tested it himself.
He added that the optimum angle is between 11 degrees, where staying seated for more than 15 minutes remains comfortable, and 13 degrees, where “five to seven” minutes is the maximum.
The idea has been met with withering humour online.
Some have joked that they will attempt to “defeat” the slanted bowl with apparatus placed on top of it to make the seat level again.
One Twitter user joked that it might be possible to alleviate the effects of the toilet by sitting on it backwards.
“If it is real I think it’s a perfect representation of the disdain capitalism has for workers and for human beings,” Hilary Gardiner, who uses Twitter username @plume__, told the BBC.
A website with information about the toilet has been published.
“Current toilet seats provide a horizontal seating surface,” the website says. “This enables a user to sit relatively comfortably on the toilet.
“As a result, a user may spend longer than necessary sitting on the toilet without short-term discomfort. Sitting on a toilet for longer than is necessary is generally undesirable.”
The sloping design could save industry billions in wasted hours, StandardToilet claims.
Social media users also questioned whether the toilet would present genuine difficulties for people with back and knee problems, or bowel conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Crohn’s disease.
However, Raymond Martin, managing director of the British Toilet Association sought to defend the design, describing the online backlash as “a bit of a knee-jerk reaction”.
“There are certain places where this time limit will be useful,” he told the BBC.
“The slightly sloping front makes for a slightly different angle of attack.”
One Twitter user well-versed in the history of toilets pointed out that a sloping loo has been designed before – 108 years ago, by bathroom fittings firm Twyfords.
“Twyfords tried it over a century ago, but it didn’t catch on,” Terry Woolliscroft told the BBC.
Mr Woolliscroft has a blog where he documents various exotic toilet designs published by Twyfords.
He says he is sceptical that the StandardToilet concept will have much appeal.
He also questions whether wasting time on the toilet can really be tied directly to the advent of social media:
“If social media and mobiles didn’t exist, then people would still spend time in the loo, probably reading the newspaper.”
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The launch of the platform, dubbed TRUTH Social, comes months after Trump was banned from most major social media sites.
Former United States President Donald Trump has announced the launch of his own social media platform, nine months after being expelled from all major sites for his role in allegedly inciting violence at the US Capitol following his election defeat last year.
In a statement on Wednesday, Trump said the launch of Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG) and its “TRUTH Social” app is meant to remedy his suspensions from sites such as Facebook and Twitter in the wake of the January 6 storming of the Capitol by his supporters as legislators met to certify the victory of the Republican’s Democratic rival, incumbent President Joe Biden.
“We live in a world where the Taliban has a huge presence on Twitter, yet your favorite American President has been silenced. This is unacceptable,” Trump said in the written statement included in a news release.
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Trump, who was impeached by the US House of Representatives for his role in egging on rioters on January 6, but later acquitted of the charges in the then Republican-controlled US Senate, has been vocal about his desire to launch his own media platform following his presidency.
An earlier effort to launch a blog on his existing website was abandoned after the page drew dismal views.
In May, a semi-independent Facebook oversight board upheld Trump’s suspension from the site, on which he had about 35 million followers, while criticising the open-ended nature of the ban and calling for the company to determine a more concrete timeline of the ban within six months.
In July, Trump sued Facebook, Twitter and Google, along with their chief executives, seeking the restoration of his accounts and punitive damages.
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Nine months after being expelled from social media for his role in inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, former President Donald Trump said Wednesday he’s launching a new media company with its own social media platform.
Trump says his goal in launching the Trump Media & Technology Group and its “TRUTH Social” app is to create a rival to the Big Tech companies that have shut him out and denied him the megaphone that was paramount to his national rise.
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In a release, the new venture announced it had been created through a merger with Digital World Acquisition Corp. and said it seeks to become a publicly listed company.
Trump has spoken about launching his own social media site ever since he was barred from Twitter and Facebook. An earlier effort to launch a blog on his existing website was abandoned after the page drew dismal views.
In addition to the app, which is expected to soft-launch next month, with a nationwide rollout early next year, the company says it is planning a video-on-demand service that will feature entertainment programming, news and podcasts.
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