HRH Willem-Alexander The Prince of Orange, Rhenen, 30 April 2012 Photo: NOS
A Dutch royal record for toilet bowl throwing was set today during the Queen’s Day celebrations in Rhenen. HRH Willem-Alexander threw an orange toilet bowl further than his fellow princes to clinch the royal title.
Willem-Alexander attributed his success to his experience in the sanitation sector. The Prince of Orange is Chair of UNSGAB, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation.
An annual toilet bowl throwing competition started in 2000 in the village of Achterberg, part of the municipality of Rhenen. The Prince of Orange’s throw was well short of the competition record of 10.56 m set in 2007.
Watch a video of the Prince’s toilet bowl throw here and a video of the 2008 toilet bowl competition below.
Sarah Palin. "Made by hand". Photo: Caganer.com
Sarah Palin and the Barcelona football team are among the new figurines in the 2011 Caganer.com collection. Hiding Caganers in nativity scenes is a strong Christmas tradition in Catalonia, Spain, dating back to the 18th century. The defecating figurines symbolise fertilisation, hope and prosperity for the coming year.
The traditional Caganer is portrayed as a Catalan peasant, but since the 1940s figurines of nuns, devils, the Pope, celebrities, historical figures, politicians, and both Spanish and British royalty have been introduced. In 2011, the first moving Caganers were launched.
FC Barcelona. Photo: Caganer.com
In the wake of Global Handwashing Day, the Hygiene Council has released more findings from its international HABIT Study (Hygiene: Attitudes, Behavior, Insight and Traits). Below are charts comparing handwashing and household hygiene scores for 12 countries.
Percentage of respondents who wash hands 5+ times daily
Percentage with High Household Hygiene Score
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Tagged handwashing, household hygiene, hygiene behaviour, Hygiene Council, Reckitt Benckiser
Theme: Drivers for ecological dry toilets in urban and rural areas
Organised by: Global Dry Toilet Association of Finland , University of Tampere, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Tampere University of Technology
Abstract deadline: 15 Jan 2012
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