Klobrille: Germans call their toilet seats “loo glasses”

literally: “loo glasses” / meaning: toilet seat

In the course of their lives, the average German spends not less than 230 days on the potty.

At least that is the most recent figure available, which was published in 2014. With an ever-rising amount of digital entertainment on hand while doing a number 2, I assume that this figure is not about to drop any time soon. Potty time differs between genders, with men sitting significantly longer on their “loo glasses”—which is what toilet seats are called in Germany. I don’t want to be nit-picky, but “loo monocle” would actually be a better fit.

Anyway, despite the creative naming, the actual toilet design in Germany is usually pretty straightforward. You will rarely find any fancy plush covers, colorfully crafted lids, or self-cleaning seat systems. It seems like Germans do not want anything to distract them from texting while taking a dump.


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