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Twin toilets photo at Sochi Olympics goes viral

Sochi's Twin Toilet Inspires Many Jokes, Comments



SOCHI, Russia (AP) - At least one Olympic bathroom seems to be flush with toilets.

When BBC reporter Steve Rosenberg went to use the bathroom at the cross-country skiing and biathlon center for next month's Winter Olympics in Sochi, he found two toilets but only one stall.

His tweeted picture instantly became a national joke.

Although toilets like that are not common in Russia, social media users posted photos of other side-by-side toilets, including ones in a courthouse and a cafe.

The editor of the state R-Sport news agency said such communal toilets are standard at Russian soccer stadiums.

"Why are the BBC folks scaring us?" Vasily Konov wrote in this personal Twitter account. "This is what the gents look like at football stadiums in Russia."

He posted a photo showing two urinals and three toilets in a large room.

Russians jested that the toilets in Sochi were designed for a "tandem," the name used to describe the duo of President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. One popular blogger altered Rosenberg's photo to put in a framed portrait of the two leaders above the toilets.

In a nod to the tight security measures imposed in Sochi for the Winter Olympics, another joke has it that the second toilet was for a Russian security officer.

The Sochi organizing committee refused to comment on the picture. The games run from Feb. 7-23.

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urthatguy January 23 2014 at 12:51 PM

If I'm seeing correctly, the paper dispenser is on one side only. I guess you gotta ask your toilet mate to give you a hand....oh wait, that could get weird......

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Hello Joe January 23 2014 at 10:02 AM

it's better than when my wife visited Russia, the public toilet was a hole in the floor and many people missed the hole.

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rousemedical Hello Joe January 23 2014 at 10:47 AM

In China they are ALL holes in the floor

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I love Snickers Hello Joe January 23 2014 at 12:27 PM

Question: if the toilet is simply a hole in the floor would that make them butt holes????

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Bill January 23 2014 at 9:56 AM

It's an arena for the Olympics' new Synchronized Sport.

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Jack January 23 2014 at 9:55 AM

Reporter evidently has never been in the military!! Seen this many times in the USN & USMC! VIRAL?

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Chip January 23 2014 at 9:52 AM

So what's the problem? Aren't the Olympics supposed to bring the world together?

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ANNAMARIA January 23 2014 at 10:02 AM

Pray that this is the worst problem that happens over there.

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....MR. FARMER January 23 2014 at 5:29 PM

GO NATIVE.....SQUAT WHERE YOU ARE WHEN THE URGE HITS YOU ! BRING YOUR OWN TOILET PAPER.....LAST TIME I LOOKED THERE WAS A LINE A MILE LONG !

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verns410 January 23 2014 at 5:43 PM

Where is the toilet. Show was to toilet

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relgibds January 23 2014 at 9:26 AM

As they say, "Comrades that **** together, are Comrades forever".

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bambi4318.barbara January 23 2014 at 9:13 AM

I'm glad that I won't be there.

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relgibds bambi4318.barbara January 23 2014 at 9:38 AM

I am glad you won't be there either.

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