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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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lavondaturner2 January 24 2014 at 9:56 AM

I would like to say good morning to all of you. I would like to see the olympics this year. I love looking at the swimmers swim, and the gymnastics do their thing. I also would like to meet kristi yamaguchi , dominque dawes and the ice skater ,and scott hamilton and kurt browning just to name a few. Wel this is all that i have to say for now. You all have a good day wherever you go.

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scbeachgirl1 January 24 2014 at 12:38 AM

I thought the cold war was over...doesn't seem like it after I read some of these posts...lighten up!!! If the world wants to keep going we're going to have to learn to play well with others.

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masmanz January 23 2014 at 11:45 PM

It simply means if one is clogged use the other one.

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rolnutz January 23 2014 at 11:25 PM

About 77 years ago I regularly used a two holer in Wisconsin on my grandpa's farm, one large and one smaller and no one thought anything about it. A Sears catalog ,but no lock on the door!

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delrio4904 January 23 2014 at 11:22 PM

Holy Moly! MOST of the world has NO problems w/ "Unisex" bathrooms. Almost everywhere I have traveled that is the standard. If some dumb A Amurikan gurl does not want some man to see her vagina, she should stay home. GOD! what JUVENILE behavior. Makes me embarrassed to be from the US. Poor "little gurls and bois" really need to grow up. Taking a piss or a dump is NATURAL...AND WHEN YOU NEED TO GO...YOU GO!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Pinchas January 23 2014 at 11:47 PM

Just because it's natural doesn't mean it should be done with an audience!

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majorsujet January 24 2014 at 12:32 PM

Unisex does not imply at teh same time you mope. And whats embarrassing is your comment about girls not wanting anyone to see their vagina. Why would they? Are you mentally ill?

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pdbliz January 23 2014 at 11:14 PM

If you do not like what you see or hear.!!!! STAY HOME.!!!!!! If you do no like Russian Rules,,
STAY HOME,!!!!!
Budget,,,,,,,,LOOK WHO IS TALKING.!!! AMERICA HAS NO ROOM TO TAL ABOUT PEOPLES RIGHTS.!!!!
AMERICAN PEOPLE NOW DOES NOT THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE ,,,,THE GOVERMENT SAYS,,IT KNOWS BETTER THAN YOU DO.!!!
BUT,,,AMERICA IS STONE BROKE,,,CHINA IS THE SLAVE HOLDER OF AMERICA.!!!!

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majorsujet January 24 2014 at 12:35 PM

Are you broke bacause you have a mortgage on your house? Our GDP blows China's away and when you factor in the per capita metric, it puts them to shame. Spare us your anti-Americanism. We have our problems but so does everyone else.

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Tyaeko January 23 2014 at 11:12 PM

Acura of Valley Stream also has this. I have no idea why. There are also two entrances into the rest room.

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ramintaj January 23 2014 at 9:33 PM

Its time to put Americas toilets pictures out , even Russians would be surprised.

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kanatka January 23 2014 at 9:31 PM

Every culture is different. We cannot judge another culture against our own. I went to Russia soon after the collapse of communism. It is a beautiful country full of friendly welcoming people. OK I peed in a trough of running water surrounded by dividers for privacy in St Petersberg, but hey... that bathroom although extremely old, did NOT stink at all., no piss laying on the floor or anything else. It was clean. I cant say that for many American public restrooms.
When a nation hosts the Olympics, it is their time to shine. Ignore what you dont like about Putin or whom ever, and enjoy the scenery (if our TV shows any).

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poolq444 January 23 2014 at 9:12 PM

I guess this renders the complimentary flush pointless.

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