Livening Up the Loo

Want a guy's attention in the restroom? Just appeal to his masculinity. New Mexico in February installed motion-sensitive talking deodorizers in 500 urinals across the state that tell men not to drive if they've had too much to drink. "Hey, big guy," a female voice coos. "Your future is in your hand." Other marketers are making use of an Australian firm's heat-activated urinal billboards that reveal ads as disappearing ink is warmed up. These technologies join a stream of bathroom innovation.

Conversation Starters

Amid protests of sexism last fall, mouth-shaped pissoirs in a public restroom in Vienna, Austria, were removed and then...

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