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Jane Long Jane Long | 15:02 UK time, Monday, 14 December 2009

Thanks to listener Carys Keig, who emailed us this enlightening nugget: toilet-riding.jpg "Dear Adam and Joe, after listening to your show on Saturday I had to send you this picture I took in a public bathroom in Osaka. Riding the toilet like a horse is so impractical it is advised against by the Japanese authorities. Also, as you can see from the diagram standing on it to pee is a bad idea as well. Lots of love and hugs, Carys in Chester xxxxx"


  • Comment number 1.

    Oh oh, I live in Japan. Japanese traditionally used different style toilet but current Japanese get used to using this style of toilet as well.
    I will check if this kind of board is in public restrooms^^

  • Comment number 2.

    The bottom right man looks like he is about to do a very impressive back-flip dismount.

    In my humble opinion the ack-bassward position should only be attempted where there is;
    a) Sufficient cleanliness in the floorspace below the cistern, very rare in my experience.
    b) Quite a steep gradient in the front part of the toilet bowl, to avoid leaving embarrassing traces.

    Also, up until this point, I have been convinced that "cistern" is spelt with an "sy", like system.

    Also also, due to taking a flippant comment on TOTP2 as fact (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tqhMtpZNrk), I was until quite recently genuinely under the impression that Jennie Bond was in the band Mud before her career as a journalist.

  • Comment number 3.

    Hey, would you believe it but there is a novel based on this whole wrong-way-round-on-the-toilet concept, its called ‘Facing the Tank’ by Patrick Gale. Book review time: I liked it but thought it was one of those novels that makes you feel a bit dense and stupid because I felt like I didn’t really get it (sometimes there is nothing to get though I think) but then I was off sick when I read it and the other books of his I’ve read were great.

    One of the characters has been led to believe that facing the cistern is the right way to sit on the bog. Fascinating!

    Also, off topic, are the tracklistings including freeplays for recent shows available or going to be? I know there’s a few of us out here trying to remember the names of some freeplays that we forgot to write down at the time….

    Going to miss the show a very lot in early 2010, but it all sounds good for A&J so hurray! I’ll keep an eye out for Norfolk space rockets.

    Poodle tip!

  • Comment number 4.

    It's not true and I don't believe it.
    No guy, however lobotomised his brain is, is going to sit on the pot backwards.

    In fact lately there have been quite a few TTN's that sound...well, to be harsh, like a big soggy pile of LIES!

    (a water-slide party in a student house? Nonsense. The land lords/council have been taken to court and we wouldn't be hearing about it on Adam & Joe, The Daily Mail would have reported it instead.)

    On the other hand I can concede that LYING is a great strategy to get an email read out.
    Especially entertaining LIES.
    I think I'm going to start sending in reams of LIES,
    All from various email addresses to increase the odds.

  • Comment number 5.

    Maybe we don't sit the right way round on the can. Maybe the toilet is backwards! eh? eh? eh?

  • Comment number 6.

    I can confirm that riding the bowl isn't as comfortable as the more mainstream approach. If you wear trousers, you have to remove at least one leg, and I definitely don't feel at ease being semi-naked from the waist down, (which is odd in itself given the normal "half-mast" state you have to adopt anyway). Wolfeticket is absolutely correct with his point about the gradient, which in most recepticles is designed to carry a stream of fluid away, not solids. And as for Julie Spritz, I just couldn't bring myself to flush with the product of my visit still sitting below me. I suppose you could stand, flush, then sit and flush again, to appreciate a good soaking, but in these water conscious times it wasn't something I entertained too long.

    Off topic, I live in Perth, West. Australia, but won't be inviting either of you out here as I'm afraid that meeting you in real life would destroy my mental construct of you.

  • Comment number 7.

    A.C. Slatering!!

  • Comment number 8.

    I rather daringly tried this at work. It was a slightly difficult wee experience, made more exciting/frightening by the possibility of a bit of poo accidently coming out (and sliding onto the seat/floor). Boggins would be proud?


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