Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Pedal Toilet

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Much like trash can lids, for more hygiene, toilet lids should open and close with a foot pedal. Seats shouldn’t, though, to discourage standing.

They should be flushed the same way, but that’s already commonly baked in public WCs for the handicapped.

Crissov, Jan 21 2013

http://ratherrad.fi...0/foottoiletlid.jpg [2 fries shy of a happy meal, Jan 21 2013]

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       The companion idea naturally a pedal bin operated by a toilet chain. Have a croissant as compensation.
xenzag, Jan 21 2013
  

       //Seats shouldn’t, though, to discourage standing.// This bit I didn't get. Unless you are referring to the tendency of people used to squat toilets to try to stand with their feet on the rim of the bowl of a regular sit toilet. (I'm not being funny here - this is a big issue in some parts of the world where East meets West. The signs posted to discourage this behaviour, however, are quite amusing.)
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 21 2013
  

       I photographed a few of these in Tokyo last year.
xenzag, Jan 21 2013
  

       In Malaysia they get quite a high rate of foot/ankle/lower leg injuries from people who stand with their feet on the rim of the bowl and then slip in.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 21 2013
  

       Many RV toilets are pedal flush. It makes really good sense because they have a very low profile, thus requiring you to bend further than is comfortable, and closer to the functional aspect of the toilet than you would prefer. The mechanism in current toilets is an evolution from the wall mounted reservoir, which had a pull chain. Moving to a floor mounted pedal akin to the flush mechanism on an RV toilet could be retrofit easily enough.
WcW, Jan 21 2013
  

       There are toilets in 4WDs in the US? Man, those traffic jams must be bad.
UnaBubba, Jan 21 2013
  

       "Traffic jam". Never heard it called that before. Nothing a good handful of prunes won't clear up though.
swimswim, Jan 22 2013
  

       Recreational Vehicle, mobile home, possible what you would refer to as a caravan. A toilet meant to be attached in a very direct way to the top of a black water tank and using a valve mechanism rather than a water trap. Most use a small quantity of water for rinsing.
WcW, Jan 22 2013
  
      
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