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Old 03-23-2009, 05:20 PM
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Those paper butt gasket things

When I first started working at my company the bathroom just had a couple of stalls with bare toilets. About a year ago they installed paper toilet seat liner dispensers so you could have a barrier between your butt and the apparently toxic seat. Now...I've been using public toilets for years with no adverse effects. Nobody I know has ever had ANY issue from using a public toilet. Now...i'm sure there is some off chance something could happen, but there are lots of off chances that something could happen in many everyday things. However...sitting on a bare public toilet when you think of all the other bare butts on there throughout the day is pretty gross. I do enjoy using the paper butt gaskets now that we have them but is it really actually preventing me from catching anything? Is it providing any real protection or am I just killing trees for unnecessary peace of mind?

P.S. Keep in mind that if there is any poop or pee on the toilet seat I'm not using it anyway so covering THAT up with a paper gasket is a moot point
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Old 03-23-2009, 07:28 PM
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Assgaskets, like so much bathroom-related technology, are primarily psychological. People have this irrational fear of their elimination systems - really, just wash your hands, and you'll be fine - and so anything that makes it look safer will be popular.

Another pet peeve of mine.
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Old 03-23-2009, 07:38 PM
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Agreed, it's completely psychological. It's catering to the current irrational fad for germophobia. Nobody has ever caught anything from a toilet seat ever. It's a totally imaginary danger.

I don't think the gaskets really help even on a psychological level. Those who think they're going to get cooties still hover over the seat and spray the whole stall anyway.

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Old 03-23-2009, 07:43 PM
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Assgaskets, like so much bathroom-related technology, are primarily psychological. People have this irrational fear of their elimination systems - really, just wash your hands, and you'll be fine - and so anything that makes it look safer will be popular.

Another pet peeve of mine.

I don't know, public toilets can be pretty nasty. You often see quite a mess in them, piss and shit on the seats, and thats the people that don't clean up. I'm sure some wipe their mess off the seat with just one quick wipe. It's not going to kill me, its most probably not going to make me sick, but the issue isn't that I'm worried about catching something. It's nothing more than, if given an option, I choose not having other people's feces and urine on my bare ass. It's not an irrational fear for me, it just a preference. Those seat liners are pointless though, 2 strips of tp work just fine.

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Old 03-23-2009, 07:54 PM
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What Bootis said.
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Old 03-23-2009, 07:54 PM
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It's catering to the current irrational fad for germophobia.
At the other end of which spectrum are the cigarette-holders built into the stainless steel t.p. dispensers in restrooms I saw when living in Winston-Salem, NC. The logic of which is: user will enter toilet either already smoking or will commence smoking while therein, will, in due course, need to put that cigarette down, the logical location being on a horizontal surface 18 inches from a toilet, then wil put cigarette back in his/her mouth.

Ewwwwwwww

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Old 03-23-2009, 08:03 PM
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Thank you, Clivas! I was JUST going to ask this very same question yesterday.

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Old 03-23-2009, 08:47 PM
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I don't know, public toilets can be pretty nasty. You often see quite a mess in them, piss and shit on the seats, and thats the people that don't clean up. I'm sure some wipe their mess off the seat with just one quick wipe. It's not going to kill me, its most probably not going to make me sick, but the issue isn't that I'm worried about catching something. It's nothing more than, if given an option, I choose not having other people's feces and urine on my bare ass. It's not an irrational fear for me, it just a preference. Those seat liners are pointless though, 2 strips of tp work just fine.
Well, personally, I'd rather wipe the stuff off and flush it away rather than sit on an assgasket that has soaked up whatever's on there.
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Old 03-23-2009, 08:52 PM
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Clivas just made my day with laughter!

"Ass-Gaskets"????????

Somebody pick me up off the floor, PLEASE!!!

I NEVER knew that's what they are called......

And the title of your thread!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh, Man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks so much!

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Old 03-23-2009, 10:36 PM
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"Assgasket" is a new one to me too. Out west we call them "cowboy hats". I like "assgasket".
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Old 03-24-2009, 03:56 AM
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"But unfortunately, these tissue paper doilies come with no instructions as to how to interpret their highly ambiguous design. Like what are you supposed to do? Sit there with this big paper tongue hanging down beneath you, lolling in the water? Or are you supposed to use it like a Melitta coffee filter?"
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As a data point, they're all but completely unknown up here. I can't remember the last time I saw a dispenser for them, and I was never taught to use them as a child - never even heard them mentioned.
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Old 03-24-2009, 05:26 AM
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My Mom and Dad just always taught me to "hover"!

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Old 03-24-2009, 08:23 AM
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You know, I think this was the first place I ever heard the phrase "ass-gaskets." It's one of my favorites now.

We have those at my work. Not only does almost everyone use them, but I've been asked, en route to the stall, why I didn't grab one. My response? "It's wasteful."

And, really, it is. I mean, come on. . .it's my ass. I'm not going to be fondling it, licking it, touching it, etc. It can get whatever on it, and as long as it's invisible and unfeelable, I'm good.

Also, side note, I used to not believe the public bathroom thing. Then I visted the Funk's Grove rest stop on I-55 in Illinois. There was shit on the floor. I will never doubt again.
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Old 03-24-2009, 08:56 AM
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My job (land survey) takes me onto construction sites quite often and while I try to avoid them at all costs I have been known to use the portable toilets from time to time. Number 1 is easy enough as an urinal has been available in the toilets for years now, but when time for number 2 I use the gaskets for something other than intended. I toss two or three of them into the tank before assuming the position. This helps to minimize any potential back splash from either the liquids or semi-solids already present.

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Old 03-24-2009, 09:51 AM
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At the other end of which spectrum are the cigarette-holders built into the stainless steel t.p. dispensers in restrooms I saw when living in Winston-Salem, NC. The logic of which is: user will enter toilet either already smoking or will commence smoking while therein, will, in due course, need to put that cigarette down, the logical location being on a horizontal surface 18 inches from a toilet, then wil put cigarette back in his/her mouth.

Ewwwwwwww
Before smoking was pretty much eliminated indoors I frequently saw guys standing at urinals lay a cigarette on top of the urinal, do their thing and then pick the cigarette up and put it back in thier mouth.
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:14 AM
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Also, side note, I used to not believe the public bathroom thing. Then I visted the Funk's Grove rest stop on I-55 in Illinois. There was shit on the floor. I will never doubt again.
Bolding mine. What on earth did you expect? They warned you in the name!
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:57 AM
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If they were to provide some Windex or other cleaning stuff, I would never need one. However, just wiping the obvious wetness from the toilet seat is not cleaning it, really, and like Bootis, I don't relish walking around with other people's urine on my behind.

The tongue is supposed to go down the front of the toilet to protect you from the dirtiest part, the little strip of uncovered rim under the crack in the seat.

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. . . And while we're on the topic, you might consider something to cover that phone receiver. A University of Arizona microbiology team tested a dozen office surfaces including the bathroom. The scientists found that phone receivers had 25,000 bacteria per square inch, while toilet seats had only 49 bacteria per square inch. Talk about calling in sick!

But for me, it's not really about microorganisms or STDs, it just pure disgust, really.
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Old 03-24-2009, 11:03 AM
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My Mom and Dad just always taught me to "hover"!

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Old 03-24-2009, 11:20 AM
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My Mom and Dad just always taught me to "hover"!

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My understanding from those I've known in the industry is that "hoverers" are the bane of bar staff and pub workers across the nation. I'm sure you are careful, but apparently there are many that aren't. Blow-outs are especially disturbing.
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Old 03-24-2009, 11:38 AM
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I think you can make a convincing argument that placing paper protectors on toilet seats has more potential for causing infection than simply bare-assing it. A few million rogue microbes on ones buttock poses nary a problem, but contaminating ones fingers with pathogens (easily accomplished during manual butt-gasket application with digits in close proximity to fecal encrusted seats) certainly could be problematic. Fingers to mouth and eyes is much more likely to occur than buttocks to mouth and eyes…unless you’re into that sort of thing. I’m more worried about touching the doorknob on the way out—they really should put the sinks on the other side of the door.
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Old 03-24-2009, 11:48 AM
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Ass gaskets? C'mon, guys. The technical name for those things is"Texas Teeshirts" Thought everyone knew that.

BTW - their most usefullfunction is in lieu of paper towels when the towel dispenser is empty. Really great for that.
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Old 03-24-2009, 11:53 AM
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Before smoking was pretty much eliminated indoors I frequently saw guys standing at urinals lay a cigarette on top of the urinal, do their thing and then pick the cigarette up and put it back in thier mouth.
Yeah, I've seen that a lot too. whats most pathetic about it is that some people, after 30 some years of practice, can't hold and aim their dick with one hand.
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Old 03-24-2009, 11:55 AM
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"Assgasket" is a new one to me too. Out west we call them "cowboy hats". I like "assgasket".
A glance at the thread title made me think of these, that a co-worker would call "paper assholes":

http://officebella.com/images/im...E05729_1_1.JPG
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Old 03-24-2009, 12:12 PM
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Before smoking was pretty much eliminated indoors I frequently saw guys standing at urinals lay a cigarette on top of the urinal, do their thing and then pick the cigarette up and put it back in thier mouth.
The interesting question here is which of these activities poses the greater health risk: the unhygienic treatment of the cigarette or just the fact that you're smoking it in the first place. I'm going to guess that the cigarette itself is probably worse -- you're fairly unlikely to catch anything from urine, really.
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Old 03-24-2009, 12:40 PM
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I've heard the term assgasket used for 20+ years around here.
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Old 03-24-2009, 01:29 PM
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The tongue is supposed to go down the front of the toilet to protect you from the dirtiest part, the little strip of uncovered rim under the crack in the seat.
You don't touch that part anyway.

The purpose of the "tongue" is to anchor the paper in the water so that it is pulled down with the flush, so you don't have to touch it.
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Old 03-24-2009, 01:38 PM
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Hee. That reminds me of the toilet brush/wand/cleaner commercials where it "even disinfects up under the rim"! Next time I am fondling or licking up under the rim I'll worry about that.
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Old 03-24-2009, 01:59 PM
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Also, side note, I used to not believe the public bathroom thing. Then I visted the Funk's Grove rest stop on I-55 in Illinois. There was shit on the floor. I will never doubt again.
Illinoisers are obviously amateurs. I once stopped in a Little Chef toilet and discovered, er, fecal matter on the ceiling.
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Old 03-24-2009, 04:34 PM
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You don't touch that part anyway.

The purpose of the "tongue" is to anchor the paper in the water so that it is pulled down with the flush, so you don't have to touch it.
Perhaps you don't... (Assuming you're male) Actually, this is a nice "side benefit" of the flap. [If you're not, there are issues that you may not be aware of...] If one leans forward, and isn't paying attention to the dangle, one can contact that portion with the tip.

They can interfere, however, with the stream if you're doing #1 sitting down, waiting for #2 to start. Splashback is still no fun, even if it's your own.
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Old 03-24-2009, 05:01 PM
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Hee. That reminds me of the toilet brush/wand/cleaner commercials where it "even disinfects up under the rim"! Next time I am fondling or licking up under the rim I'll worry about that.
I like to know the rim is clean, it is often to only handle to grip for those big ones when you really gotta hold on.
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Old 03-24-2009, 07:58 PM
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My understanding from those I've known in the industry is that "hoverers" are the bane of bar staff and pub workers across the nation. I'm sure you are careful, but apparently there are many that aren't. Blow-outs are especially disturbing.
Seriously. YOU are the reason everyone else is using the ass gaskets.

Me? *shrug* a little pee on my butt isn't going to kill me. But just sit on the seat - you do it at home for cryin' out loud!
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Old 03-25-2009, 10:29 AM
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*snip* Nobody has ever caught anything from a toilet seat ever. It's a totally imaginary danger.*snip*
I've always heard that you CAN catch HIV from the toilet seat...................



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Old 03-25-2009, 11:51 AM
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I think you can make a convincing argument that placing paper protectors on toilet seats has more potential for causing infection than simply bare-assing it. A few million rogue microbes on ones buttock poses nary a problem, but contaminating ones fingers with pathogens (easily accomplished during manual butt-gasket application with digits in close proximity to fecal encrusted seats) certainly could be problematic. Fingers to mouth and eyes is much more likely to occur than buttocks to mouth and eyes…unless you’re into that sort of thing. I’m more worried about touching the doorknob on the way out—they really should put the sinks on the other side of the door.
Pet Peeve: Bathroom doors that force you to touch the doorknob (which is, besides the faucet handles, the place that probably harbors the most bacteria from those who don't wash their hands after using the toilet) in order to get out!

All bathroom doors should be done in one of two ways:

1) All public bathroom doors should open outwards using a handle to get in. Then, you only need to push the door with your hip or butt to get out.

2) Eliminate the doors like many places and just have that mini-maze to get in. No doorknobs!

Generally, after I'm done drying my hands, I'll use a bit of paper towel to open the door. If they have only those awful air blower things, I'm forced to use some bit of clothing or grab some TP to keep my nice clean hands from touching the doorknob.
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Old 03-26-2009, 05:54 AM
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When we were moving overseas (to a rural part of a third-world country), the process included a consult with a medical expert. Of course one of our questions was, "So what can you get from a toilet seat?"

Answer: Unless there is visible fecal matter on the seat, not a whole lot. And if there's visible fecal matter on the seat, why are you sitting on it?

So stop hovering and just sit on the damn seat. Butts are pretty clean -- you're more likely to catch something from the door handle or the sink tap. Now those things are gross.
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Old 03-26-2009, 10:44 PM
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I can't find it but I'm pretty sure Unca Cecil discussed the efficiacy of these A-G's, and that it was "no real real benefit".
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