World Toilet Day — no joke — is Nov. 19, according to PHLUSH.org, the website of Public Restroom Advocates in Portland OR. Thanks to Viva reader Gradiva C. for pointing me to this resource. Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human is their motto, and they feature a variety of data collections and stories about the importance of public restrooms in human civilization.
One story that caught my eye was Staying Human Through Hygiene While Houseless. This details a San Francisco project to bring restrooms and showers to homeless people aboard a retired Muni bus. The writers point out that “Personal hygiene makes all the difference in whether a person can attend to business, look for work, go to class, and the like.” Worth reading.