Auto Flush Toilets: The Crappiest Invention of All Time?

TCS editor Nick Schulz has a piece in Slate called “The Crappiest Invention of All Time – Why the auto-flushing toilet must die.” It has far, far more about the intricicies of solid waste disposal than I need early in the morning. And there’s an accompanying audio file!

Update: Adding to the excretory coverage, Slate has William Saletan’s “Driving While Urinating.”

So far, no articles on the subject of snot or boogers. Perhaps aspiring Slatesters should pitch one, stat: I can spot a trend.

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  1. It is a bit much, shall we say.

    And I skipped the audio file, shockingly enough…

  2. McGehee says:

    I have to admit, I didn’t read very far, but what I did read certainly was … educational.

    FWIW, I haven’t encountered very many auto-flushers of the sitdown variety, and I never bothered to wonder why.

  3. fizzix says:

    I guess he doesn’t know about the black button on the side of the control box that allows for manual flushing. His ranting just demonstrates his ignorance.

  4. NJ voter says:

    I totally agree. This obviously is a bad interface design…an observation normally confined to software.

    The article is well written and completely accurate. If there is a button on the side for manual flushing, then it needs to be more obvious to the user. Bad interface design is NEVER the user’s fault.