I’ve been nominated by Desley Jane at Musings of a Frequent Flying Scientist to participate in the 5 Photos / 5 Stories Black and White Photo Challenge. You must check her blog. She’s indeed a scientist, photographer and writer and a frequent flier. You will be delighted to travel with her through her photography and to learn easy and fun science’s experiments, that even you can do. And the icing on the cake is to hear what she has to say about all of that.
At the same time, I’ve been also nominated by Janet at Sustainabilitea to join the 5-day Black and White Challenge. I’m sure you will love to check her blog where she looks at life through her writings and photography. Janet makes stunning photos with her smart phone that makes people wonder why having a DSLR.
I’m combining the two nominations; this is my 2nd post for the double 5-day challenge.
Are you asking yourself what’s that? It’s a male’s street toilet in Amsterdam. You can see them everywhere, as well as a modern and uglier plastic version, which is more open than this. But wait, don’t judge the idea as yet. Why do they exist? There is a reason for everything, isn’t it? I didn’t find anything but Google’s unverified knowledge to share with you, though. Here we go.
Amsterdam has 39 Krullen (Krul), the curled pissoir, or urinal. The Krul has been in Amsterdam since 1880. As men and boys used canals, trees, and monuments to release themselves, someone had the idea to create the krul.
Apparently there is a fine of 90 euros if you use the canals as toilets, which is not a safe idea for drunks anyways. I found out that each year, on average, 15 people die when making this mistake. Especially during night time, drunks loose balance and fall in the canals, and if no one sees that, they may die there.
Whilst researching about this extremely scientific subject, I found out another interesting fact. The Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has one of the most famous urinals in the world because all the urinals have a small black fly in the target area. Someone, possibly a psychologist, advised that cleanliness would improve with a target. Check these pictures.
If you found this deserving of further reading, you may read this article “When Humans Need a Nudge Toward Rationality” by Jeff Sommer, “THE flies in the men’s-room urinals of the Amsterdam airport have been enshrined in the academic literature on economics and psychology. The flies — images of flies, actually — were etched in the porcelain near the urinal drains in an experiment in human behavior. After the flies were added, ‘spillage’ on the men’s-room floor fell by 80 percent. ‘Men evidently like to aim at targets,’ said Richard Thaler of the University of Chicago, an irreverent pioneer in the increasingly influential field of behavioral economics. Mr. Thaler says the flies are his favorite example of a ‘nudge’ — a harmless bit of engineering that manages to ‘attract people’s attention and alter their behavior in a positive way, without actually requiring anyone to do anything at all.'”
Apparently, Victorian-era English also decorated urinals with pictures of bees. I guess is enough for now.
Without further ado, for day two, I nominated my fellow photography buddy Nalinki at Angle and Views to join me in this challenge.
The rules of the 5 Photos-5 Stories challenge are:
1) To post a photo every day for 5 days
2) To write a story to accompany your photo for 5 days (this can be fiction or non-fiction, a page, a paragraph or a poem)
3) To nominate a different person each day
I’m also linking this street photography to the fabulous Eclectic Corner of my friend Justine at Ecleticoddsnsods