Wisconsin Maratime Museum
Space is at a premium. Comfort is not a design consideration. Ventilation? Not much. You have to share it with anywhere from 60 to 80 other men. Oh, and somewhere out there are enemy destroyers and submarines trying to kill you. All-in-all, the facilities on board a WWII-era submarine (like this example from the USS Cobia, currently on display at the Wisconsin Maratime Museum) rank as some of the Worst Toilets Ever.
This is taking the ice-hotel concept a little too far! While we admire the workmanship and the dedication to detail, would a wooden or plastic seat really have been such a bad idea?
World's most awkward bathroom
We can't figure out the thinking behind this one. Is it a correctional facility where the bathroom user needs to be observed at all times? Seems to nice. Do all the stalls have smartglass that automatically darkens whenever someone enters? Doesn't seem nice enough. If anyone has any clues, please e-mail them to [email protected].
100 Percent Nightmare Fuel
Sometimes you find a urinal so bad it deserves space in a "Worst Toilets" gallery. Imagine walking in on this after a night at the bar!
I would love to give credit where credit it due, but all I can discover is that this image has been bouncing around on Russian message boards for a few years. If anyone knows its exact point of origin, please let me know at [email protected]. Thanks!
Meanwhile, in Russia...
This image from a Flickr photo group shows a Russian train toilet that does not seem to have been cleaned so much as periodically painted. Well, when you've gotta go...
Is half a toilet REALLY better than none at all?
I'm just trying to figure out how this happens. I mean, that's a finished wall there; the tile has been cut to fit. Is it a gag? Is it somebody taking their instructions incredibly literally in order to vex their boss? Anyone with ideas please email them to me, [email protected].
And thanks to user 99hnguyen on the social media site Reddit for the pic.
Necessity is the mother of terrible decisions
Rather than find a corner toilet or cut through the concrete someone has MacGyver-ed a standard toilet in two and made it fit the space.
Maybe it was the easiest solution to the problem at the best price for the customer, but man does it look terrible. Thanks go to user SupplyHouseTeam on the social media site Reddit.
An actual plague of frogs
So you go to use a public toilet, only to hear a strange croaking sound. You (obviously) lift the tank lid and discover a colony of frogs have made it their new home. Photo: Reddit user OllieWilliamsComment.
Photo from an outhouse in Donegal, Ireland. [photo: Gary Langan].
The squat toilet
And here is that staple of southeast Asia, the squat toilet. While the set-up is unfamiliar and you do have to bring your own toilet paper, this one is at least relatively clean and offers a convenient grab-bar to keep the user stable.
Creepiest toilet ever
Okay, first, we can't even speculate on the thought process that decided to actually spend money on, and then go ahead an install this into a bathroom.
But geeze, imagine walking into the stall and seeing this kind of nightmare fuel? It is supposedly occupying a bar somewhere down Mexico way -- but the submitter neglected to say if it was in the men's or the women's room!
How times have changed
What was once the epitome of high-end toilet technology is now one of the worst toilets. This is the toilet of the Counts of Katzenelnbogen in the Castle Marksberg, on the heights overlooking the Rhine. Sent in by reader Dennis Sirianni of the Hydronic Heating Dept. at Keller Supply. Have fun on your cruise, Dennis!
Chinese public toilet
This is a more gruesome version of the squat toilet, with the user basically squatting over a trough. Minimal privacy, and only a thin stream of water clears the waste.
Toilet in Kazakhstan
Another variation on the hole-in-the-ground toilet, this one with the added bonus of sub-freezing temperatures.
Well, when you stop to think about it, it is just an interesting way to get a seat over a pit toilet Cuts down on your materials and installation costs. And the user get to gently swing themselves during the act. Photo: user murosaka on the social media site Reddit.
Out of service
Sometimes the worst toilet is just the one that isn't working.
This toilet it attached to a drinking establishment in Malawi. At least it's colorful.
This one from Melbourne, Australia. Specifically on the corner of Albert and Nicholson Streets in the city. (From the blog archives of www.project183.com ).
The perfect toilet for this election season
I think all of us, wherever we may stand on the political spectrum, can agree this outhouse pretty well sums up this year's politics. And heck, maybe politics in general!
Democracy: often messy.
In close competition with southeast Asia are many of the public facilities in the former Soviet Union. This picture comes from a bathroom in Latvia.
A plague of frogs for your toilet
Pictures like this have actually become almost common following the recent extensive flooding in Louisiana. Homeowners return to their building after the waters recede to find a colony of frogs has taken up residence in their toilet.
Thanks to user everything-idiotic on the social media site Reddit for the pic.
Chinese public toilet part 2
Of course, having a more conventional toilet is actually worse if that toilet is never cleaned and in a high-traffic area.
Who's fault is this?
Honestly, I don't see how this can be an honest mistake on either the plumber or the builder's part. Someone, on one side of the equation or the other, has thrown down the gauntlet. Only wish we knew the backstory...
The ultimate in no-frills accommodation. This photo is from a way-station in the Himalayas.