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Showering update.

Eddie Mair | 10:30 UK time, Thursday, 6 August 2009

The Guardian has this guide to the etiquette of peeing in the shower.

The original video is here.

The original story is at The Huffington Post.


  • 1. At 11:15am on 06 Aug 2009, Richard_SM wrote:

    ....etiquette in the shower?

    Then you'll need to watch the P's and Q's.

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  • 2. At 11:37am on 06 Aug 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    No, sorry but this still strikes me as totally inappropriate. There are much more hygienic ways to limit the use of water and help save the environment.

    Two examples: Australians are very "save water" conscious and would never leave a tap running while cleaning teeth and, during the nearly ever-present droughts, people shower with a bucket in the shower recess to collect the water sluicing off them and use it to water the garden.

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  • 3. At 11:43am on 06 Aug 2009, funnyJoedunn wrote:

    Is it still ok to pee in the toilet?

    Thought it a bit off-the guardian article encouraging peeing in shop doorways after the pub.

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  • 4. At 11:46am on 06 Aug 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Also a rather obvious solution is not to flush the loo every time it is used.

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  • 5. At 11:50am on 06 Aug 2009, Hesiodos wrote:

    During a dry spell in New York (approx 1965), there were posters in toilets saying,

    "Don't flush for everything"

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  • 6. At 11:58am on 06 Aug 2009, T8-eh-T8 wrote:

    Does a royal we lead to a royal flush?

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  • 7. At 12:03pm on 06 Aug 2009, funnyJoedunn wrote:

    Apparantly this is an art form now!


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  • 8. At 12:14pm on 06 Aug 2009, funnyJoedunn wrote:

    I just had a pee...Tee hee

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  • 9. At 12:38pm on 06 Aug 2009, Charlie wrote:

    Surely, "rules" for peeing in the shower should incorporate words to the effect that one should -

    Never pee on the tiles, especially the grout. Because, if you do, you could "wash" the grout out. Following that, a truly bad smell could ensue - reminding one and all, of the pong from the WORST public loo..!

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  • 10. At 1:08pm on 06 Aug 2009, steelpulse wrote:

    There is an etiquette to peeing in the shower?

    Eddie at the beginning of this week my universe didn't encompass peeing in the shower was recommended.

    Now I have to learn there are do's and dont's to the practice?

    Can an entry in Debrett's Online be far behind?

    Oh - that last word - forgive me. lol

    Subject: showering update - Dear E I dim
    Anagram: USA periwig nod - Meade dither

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  • 11. At 2:31pm on 06 Aug 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Ok so number ones' are ok...but what about numb..

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  • 12. At 3:20pm on 06 Aug 2009, Charlie wrote:

    DI_Y 11

    Perfectly okay, since you ask.

    Ha! I wondered if we'd get onto the subject of Richard the III's...

    Well, in some cultures a shower "stool" (is that a pun..?) is required by both custom and religion. See the "Personal Hygiene" section at:


    Then, there's the use of "Richard's" in many parts of the world as a fertilizer - including parts of the US (remember, for health safety, it's not only hands that need washing thoroughly)

    Anyway, whilst we're on this topic, if our Govt and its' responsible (?) Agencies don't get to grips with our failing and often inadequate sewage sytems, river floodings etc, I can see the return of the "Gong Farmer". Which, the way things are going may be one of the few jobs to be had. A bit smelly perhaps but remember, "Where there's muck, there's brass".

    "A gong farmer was the term used in Tudor Britain for a person employed to remove human excrement from privies and cesspits. Gong farmers were only allowed to work at night and the waste they collected had to be taken outside the city or town boundaries."


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  • 13. At 4:50pm on 06 Aug 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    Men can pee into a soft drink bottle, but women can't. Without making a mess, that is. (No remarks about missing the toilet.)

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  • 14. At 6:14pm on 06 Aug 2009, Charlie wrote:

    Okay Eloise, I guess it may not be your Birthday but since Eddie's raised the issue - "Tonight's editor Eloise "hand wash" Twisk" - I thought I might pass on this, told to me many, many, years ago and advised to be the minimum time required....


    Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday Dear E-l-o-i-s-e,
    Hippo Birdie 2 Ewe!


    Finished washing one's hands that is; on all surfaces (including, between the fingers) with soap and water. If more time is taken, that's all for the good.

    The hand-washer might sing the song to themselves - at normal tempo (using whoever's name) whilst washing their hands.

    In most circumstances, a decent job will have been done.

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  • 15. At 6:28pm on 06 Aug 2009, U14081247 wrote:

    Regarding "night soil", the following:

    "On the basis of the data of Wolff, Kellner and Carpenter, or of Hall, the people of the United States and of Europe are pouring into the sea, lakes or rivers and into the underground waters from 5,794,300 to 12,000,000 pounds of nitrogen; 1,881,900 to 4,151,000 pounds of potassium, and 777,200 to 3,057,600 pounds of phosphorus per million of adult population annually, and this waste we esteem one of the great achievements of our civilization. In the Far East, for more than thirty centuries, these enormous wastes have been religiously saved and today the four hundred million of adult population send back to their fields annually 150,000 tons of phosphorus; 376,000 tons of potassium, and 1,158,000 tons of nitrogen comprised in a gross weight exceeding 182 million tons, gathered from every home, from the country villages and from the great cities like Hankow-Wuchang-Hanyang with its 1,770,000 people swarming on a land area delimited by a radius of four miles.

    F H King, Farmers of Forty Centuries, 1911

    and this waste we esteem one of the great achievements of our civilization.


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  • 16. At 8:13pm on 06 Aug 2009, Froggersfroat wrote:

    Time for a Hollywood remake?...P**ing in the rain...fancy footwork, umbrellas....Gene Kelly I hope your rotating nicely in the tomb!

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