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This Vancouver Urinal has Zero Privacy and 100 Years of History

Heritage Hall in Vancouver is a historic building with a grand ballroom, and a famous urinal that startles men. You've seen rather public urinals that have little separation. You probably recall seeing trough urinals that can serve many men at once. But a trough still allows men to stand side-by-side and not look at each other. That's what is startling about this one.

A double-sided, or twin, urinal, to be precise, separated by what can barely be described as a divider.

The unsuspecting men who are blindsided by its design must stand upright, a hair's distance from each other, and count down the seconds while nature takes its course.

"You're out there next to somebody who you've never met before and have to basically look them in the eyes," said Straw, a 36-year-old lawyer.

"In my long and storied bathroom career, I have never seen anything like that before."

The urinal is as old as the building, which was built in 1916 as a post office. Read the story of the "twin tinker" at CBC. -via Metafilter

(Image credit: Flickr user Cosmo Spacely)

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