Oct 13, 2010

Toilet Restaurant

Toilet Restaurant in Shenzhen, China.
In this restaurant, “Modern Toilet” in Shenzhen, toilet bowls are used as seats, bathtubs are used as bowls and some dishes are served shaped like fecal matter.
Shenzhen is a city of sub-provincial administrative status in southern China’s Guangdong province, situated immediately north of Hong Kong…

 A toilet is a plumbing fixture primarily intended for the disposal of human excreta: urine and fecal matter. Additionally, vomit and menstrual waste are sometimes disposed of in toilets in Western societies. The word toilet describes the fixture and, especially in British English, the room containing the fixture. In American English, the latter is euphemistically called a restroom or bathroom. The latter term often describes a room that also contains a bath tub. A room with only a toilet and a sink is sometimes called a half-bathroom, a half bath, or a powder room.

There are two basic types of modern toilets: the dry toilet and the wet (flush) toilet, the latter being the most commonly known and producer of blackwater. The dry toilet needs no plumbing for water input or evacuation, but is often coupled with a ventilation system.

Prior to the introduction of modern flush toilets, most human waste disposal took place outdoors in outhouses or latrines. However, the ancient cities of the Indus Valley Civilization, e.g., Harappa and Mohenjo-daro, which are located in present day India and Pakistan, had flush toilets attached to a sophisticated sewage system—and other forms of toilets were used both in the time of the Romans and Egyptians as well. Although a precursor to the modern flush toilet system was designed in 1596 by John Harington, the toilet did not enter into widespread use until the late nineteenth century, when it was adopted in English upper class residences.


60 Most Failed Countries of the World: Postcards From Hell : Part-2

Most Failed Countries of the World

(Ranking 21-40)

During the last half-decade, the Fund for Peace has been putting together the Failed States Index, using a battery of indicators that determine how stable (or unstable) a country is. As a result, we have taken the top 60, or should we say worst 60 Failed Countries of the World.
But as much as we admire the stats and numbers there is no better way but as the photos that demonstrate the degree of failure of a country. The best test is the simplest one, which is that you’ll only know a failed state when you see it.
And these photographs captured by the all seeing eye of the camera are, as they seem, true postcards from hell.


22. Guinea-Bissau


24. Bangladesh

25. Srilanka

26. Cameroon

27. Nepal

28. Malawi

29. Sierra Leone

30. Eritrea

31. Republic of the Congo

32. Iran

33. Liberia

34. Lebanon

35. Burkina Faso

36. Uzbekistan

37. Georgia

38. Tajikistan

39. Mauritania

40. Cambodia
to be continued...
For Part-1, click here