November 19 is World Toilet Day, created by the U.N. in 2013. At issue: Billions of people do not have access to a safe toilet. But how do you get the world to pay attention to this forgotten problem?
World Toilet Day
Let's take time off from pondering the pandemic to enjoy some toilet humor courtesy of signage sent in by our audience — and also to think about how lucky we are if we have a safe toilet.
On World Toilet Day — November 19 — the goal is to raise awareness about the importance of toilets in reducing diarrheal disease. These pictures show that toilets can come in all shapes and sizes.
Let's take a grand tour of Mumbai's toilets, from deluxe to holes in the ground for squatting to ... the railroad tracks?
Everyone has diarrhea from time to time. For most, it's often no more than an inconvenience. But with the right mix of toxic circumstances, it can prove deadly.
Defeat DD is raising awareness for the No. 2 killer of children under five around the world — by getting people to write haikus about poop.
The answer: 129 (give or take). They range from serious (victims of slavery day) to seemingly silly (toilet day). Do the days really make a difference?
Walk to the stinky community toilet. Stand in line. Dance to keep from peeing. Curse the people inside for taking too long. Never go at night because predators lurk.