I know that some of you were confused with my comment regarding "NZ toilets". And I found it funny that I had forgotten that it's a bit difficult for Americans/Canadians to imagine anyone uses anything else! Haha. Well, sorry to bust your bubble North America! :) Actually, the most common toilet in the world is the Squatti. Which I will not be discussing. But if curiosity gets the better of you, Wikipedia had an article. So anyways. I was sitting here and thought, maybe they aren't that different. I turned around to Havalah, who only left the US two weeks ago and asked her if they were - and she concurs! Definitely different!
American Toilets: Made all of porcelain, minus the random wooden or vinyl seat base.
NZ Toilets: Base is porcelain, seat, lid, and tank are most often made from plastic. The newest ones are looking more like US toilets, but anything less than 5-10 years old is still a lot of plastic.
American Toilets: Tank connected at the back.
NZ Toilets: The older kind are mounted on the wall for gravity's help in flushing.
American Toilets: Flush hole is at the back, water flushes from all sides.
NZ Toilets: Flush hole in closer to the front - so that when you walk in the bathroom you don't see the hole if the lid is up. Water flushes from the front primarily.
American Toilets: Flush handle to the side of the tank, plastic or metal.
NZ Toilets: Buttons on the top or front of tank. One for a little flush, one for a "larger" flush.
American Toilets: Seat is usually pretty round
NZ Toilets: Seat is more oval shaped, quite long
American Toilets: If you want to lean back you can
NZ Toilets: You can't really lean back, you feel like you're going to fall off - probably because of a longer seat and a plastic lid.
So there you go. Not entirely different, but definitely some differences. If you want a laugh, check out the Japanese Bidet. That's hoot!
- Don't worry, I'll keep blogging even though Havie's here. :) Even though I have talk to much in the last 48 hours that I'd forgotten how much I COULD talk. Hello 1am....