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Twin toilets photo goes viral: Two toilets, one stall in Sochi a Twitter hit

It's being called the tale of two toilets, since BBC reporter Steve Rosenberg tweeted a photo Monday that went viral. He went to use the bathroom at the Olympic cross-country skiing and biathlon center in Sochi, when he came upon two toilets but only one stall.

These strangely open toilets were snapped at Kazan University in Russia.
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Rosenberg tweeted the odd-looking picture which instantly became a national, and global joke. Social media users took the opportunity to post other pictures of side by side toilets, according to ABC News on Jan. 22.

Although tandem toilets aren't the norm throughout European parts of Russia, they're not unheard of. One Twitter user said they're standard fare at Russian soccer, (football), stadiums.

Russians joked that the Olympic venue toilets in Sochi were designed for a "tandem," the name ascribed to the duo of President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

One blogger even photo shopped Rosenberg's tweeted photo and added in a framed portrait of the two leaders dangling above the toilets.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny commented on the photo, retweeting it and questioning where all the money in the Olympic budget went?

Elsewhere, the photo caused amazement and a great deal of laughter, with some relating it to the recent debate over gay rights and Russia's hosting of the Winter Olympic Games.

"Seeing double in the Gentlemen's Loo at the Olympic Biathlon Centre," BBC's correspondent captioned in his original tweet of the two toilets.

Another photo posted to the Brit news website showed at least five toilets lined up against the walls of an open room with no privacy stalls.

As for the tandem toilets, another user noted that there was only one toilet paper dispenser on one side wall for the two toilets, tweeting, "Tear off some paper before you sit down."

The Sochi organizing committee has so far refused to comment.