Plumber's Practical Joke

Thursday, May 05, 2005 | 0 Comments

I have always wondered...why do they install sinks at crotch level so that if there's any splashing (sticky faucet handle, weird angle to the sink well, ect) it looks like you peed your pants?


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Blogger Tayster said...

I thought of this a few days ago when I was wearing my tan pants.

I had to keep explaining to my co-workers that "No, I didn't pee myself nor did I have an 'accident'." (If you know what I mean.)

May 05, 2005 8:51 AM

Blogger Sask 1 said...

Its so us short people can reach.

May 05, 2005 10:07 AM

Blogger ORF said...

HA!! I recently went roller skating and opted NOT to remove my skates in the bathroom since it was kind of shady. I felt like everything in there was for midgets because they were already set low and then I had an extra four inches in skates, so the sinks came up to just above my knees. It is hard to bend over to wash your hands while wearing skates, just in case you ever find yourself in a similar predicament.

May 05, 2005 10:14 AM

Blogger Shannon said...

OMG, thank you for this post. This happens to me almost every day since I'm a complete clutz. This is yet another reason I choose to wear black pants over tan.

May 05, 2005 10:40 AM

Blogger The Doc said...

That predicament reminds me of an entry from Douglas Adams's The Meaning of Liff:

Botley (n.)
The prominent stain on a man's trouser crotch seen on his return from the lavatory. A botley proper is caused by an accident with the push taps, and should not be confused with any stain caused by insufficient waggling of the willy.

A little gender-specific, but I hope the addition to the general vocabulary will be useful.

May 05, 2005 11:33 AM

Blogger Scott said...

Maybe they're made that way to provide an excuse for thos people who do pee themselves.

May 05, 2005 1:57 PM

Blogger DrMax said...

Plumbers are are the true comedians of home repair. I love the one where they work on the drain pipes under the sink and wear those loose fit pants and t-shirts that ride up! Then they call you in to tell you the problem they found and, HA Ha! You've been "Plumber's Butt Cracked!"

May 05, 2005 4:51 PM

Blogger OldRoses said...

Beat me to it! Guess I'll have to wonder about something else.

May 06, 2005 2:41 PM

Blogger Sylvana said...

old roses, you can go ahead and nab this for your blog. I don't mind.

May 06, 2005 3:07 PM

Blogger Lyvvie said...

I've never been to concerned about the height of the sink, but what bugs me is that the faucet (tap for UK folks) is always too close to the edge of the basin, and the basin is huge. When you wash your hands, they end up rubbing against the back of the sink. I like my hands to be more central over the basin, but they just don't design bathroom sinks this way.

I want to be able to wash my hands, without them touching the side of the sink. the sides have the toothpaste spit, stray beard hairs, and other assorted icky things.

I don't think folks wash their kids in the bathroom sink these days, the kitchen sink is always bigger with a swivel tap. So can those of you who design bathroom sinks, make a better tap please!

May 07, 2005 3:12 AM

Blogger Sylvana said...

Lyvvie: Our bathroom in our house had the same problem. I just recently replaced it for a swan-neck faucet. I always hated my hands touching the back of the sink- and that was in my own home!

May 07, 2005 11:53 AM