If you've ever wondered why toilet seat covers make a complete oval and toilet seats are open like a horseshoe, you are not alone.
According to the Toilet Museum, yes, that’s right… the Toilet Museum... the most asked question by far, regarding toilets or “water closets” (as they are sometimes called) is why do toilet seats have a break in the front?
Horseshoe shaped toilet seats – the kind with a “break” in the front are called “open front” seats.
"Open front" seats are most prevalent in the United States.
Because the U.S. has adopted and made law the Uniform Plumbing Code of which Section 409.2.2 states “All water closet seats, except those within dwelling units, shall be of the open front type.”
But there is another reason offered up by the Toilet Museum; a reason that makes no sense from a male point of view.
The "open front" toilet seats, according to the spokesperson for the Toilet Museum, “afford the users more sanitary conditions and a greater sense of comfort than their residential closed-front cousins.”
How can this be?
Men have parts that hang down and so what would be sanitary about a man’s junk dangling freely either just above or even worse, in the water of a toilet bowl?
And wouldn’t it be of greater comfort for a man to have his privates resting on the front of a seat?
Maybe the mouthpiece for the Toilet Museum is a woman?
Or perhaps a not-so-well-endowed man?
Oh, another tidbit of info on toilets - the toilet was not invented by Thomas Crapper even though he held six patents for as many variations of the modern day human waste disposal unit.
Just so you know!
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