A Paris tribunal on Tuesday rejected an urgent appeal from six toilet attendants known as "wee-wee ladies" who say they were unfairly fired by managers transforming their workplaces into trendy "boutique restrooms".
Most people reading this article can go to their kitchen for a glass of water, or use the bathroom without a second thought. But what about the 2.5 billion people in our world today without sanitation or a source of clean drinking water?
A UN report says six of the world's seven billion people have mobile phones but only 4.5 billion have toilets. In response to the statistics the UN has issued a call "to change a situation in which more people worldwide have mobile phones than toilets."
A UK study found cash machines to contain more bacteria than some public toilets. But a medical specialist says, "Ninety-nine percent of transmission of bacteria that makes you sick is between human beings."
It doesn't have a red carpet or paparazzi, but a bathroom experience touring the country provides all citizens a chance to "do it" like a star. The multi-city luxury bathroom tour is free to the public and even comes with flat-screen television viewing.
In Uganda if you don't have a latrine you will get arrested. The nation is in the midst of a cholera epidemic that has already killed eight and left 164 infected. The outbreak is the result of poor sanitation conditions.
The Dutch have a way with water. That's not just nice alliteration, but unsalted truth. Their dyke building is taking an unexpected twist; in a drive to save the environment. The Dutch have manufactured toilets to separate urine from the sewage system.
There's someone out there in Japan dropping money into the bowl. A nation wide hunt is going on to find who's putting envelopes into municipal toilets. The packets are containing Y10,000 ($A95.65) bills and well wish notes.