Hold Your Nose: Toilet Shelf on Trial
It's a shock for many visitors to Germany. Open up the pot and you may find a porcelein shelf perfectly placed to intercept your effluent.
Why is this guy not in the privacy of his bathroom? Our guess is he's trying to escape the "shit shelf."
Indeed, taking care of your morning business in Germany often involves the type of twisting and turning normally reserved for Chinese contortionists. As you hear that tell-tale thunk of feces on porcelain, you must immediately twist your arm around behind you to push the flush lever. The rapidly rising odors are otherwise instantaneously debilitating. When finished, throw open the window as wide as it will go. If you have to go into the bathroom after someone else, it's a good idea to carry a book of matches or a bottle of air freshener to rid the WC of any unpleasant odors. In lieu of that, there's always a good, World War II gas mask. Head to Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin. The souvenir stands are well-stocked.
Editor's note: We spent hours researching the history of German toilets without any luck. But some readers have done their own field work .
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