What the “F”… Wait, I mean “U”

I’m not sure if you ever think of random things like I do, but I’ve always wondered why that most public toilets have a “U” shaped seat. Honestly, I’ve never been to someone’s home and have seen this. Only in public restrooms have I seen this odd-shaped tushie protector. With that being said, I decided to do a little research and this is what I have found…


First and foremost they are cheaper than a standard commercial-grade “round” toilet seat. You wouldn’t think that the small amount of plastic that is missing would save much, but on average the savings between the two types of seats that keep your tuchus from falling down in that cold water is around $10-$15 per seat. So, in the scheme of things, when you’re looking at purchasing multiple toilet seats, that savings could add up to quite a bit depending on just how many toilets are being installed.

I know that it sounds odd, but honestly, some people will steal anything if they can get their hands on it (or butts in this case). Toilet seats are no exception. This comes back around to the question stated above, “have you ever seen one of the u-shaped seats in someone’s home?” If you ever do see one of these types of toilet seats in someone’s home, you might want to keep your belongings close to you and within an eye’s view at all time.

Lynne Simnick, who is the senior vice president of code development at the IAMPO, states that the main reason for the horse shoe shaped potty protectors is that it makes female wiping more hygienic. I suppose that makes sense considering that it’s one less obstacle to get in the way of keeping yourself clean and dry.


Speaking of the IAMPO (International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials), these types of seats are required in the U.S. as per the ASNPC (American Standard National Plumbing Code) that is written by the IAMPO. This code has been around since 1955 believe it or not. Apparently, a few public restrooms owners must not have gotten the memo and don’t know about this code. Then again, before doing a little research for this blog, neither did I. Did you know?

There’s no doubt about it that none of us really like to use a toilet that someone else has recently used. There’s just something about sitting down and expecting to get that twinge of coldness only to find that your butt cushion has been pre-heated by someone else’s hiney. It sort of makes you die a little inside when you realize what has just happened. These seats are designed with a nice breezy gap to help prevent your “stuff” from touching the same place that someone else’s “stuff” was just nesting in. Whether you have an innie or an outie this is definitely a plus.

Some may say that the male persuasion aren’t quite as graceful when it comes to evacuating their yellow-ish colored liquids. I don’t know who started this rumor, but they are a very horrible person… honestly, though, show me a man who has never accidentally misfired and has never  gotten a little dribble or two where it shouldn’t have been. If you can introduce me to this man (and it doesn’t count if he always sits to do his business) I’d like to shake his hand (after he washes it, of course). These seats are designed to help reduce the amount of potential back-splash at the front of the toilet seat.

Hopefully, like me, you have learned a little more useless information today.

Quotes from the stall:
“Smile, you’re losing weight”