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Are Poop Puns the New Ice Buckets?

Celebrating the Grand Poobah of Poop on World Toilet Day

Photo by Lauren Ishak

The distinct smell of human excrement was in the internet air today in honor of U.N. World Toilet Day. Irony of ironies, VICE waxed earnest about the event with an op-ed entitled “Today Is UN World Toilet Day — and It’s No Laughing Matter.” Elsewhere, the online conversation seemed to indicate otherwise: The global sanitation crisis seemed very much a laughing matter.

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How Do You Compete With a Flying Toilet?

The Savvyloo toilet is a bold step forward in the world sanitation crisis.

Illustration by Tyler Hoehne

According to both the African Innovation Foundation and Forbes, one of last year’s most exciting inventions for the future growth and development of Africa was…a toilet. Dubbed “Savvyloo” by its South African inventor, Dr. Dudley Jackson, the low-cost, waterless, off-the-grid crapper was certainly clever. But sized up against other African innovations in 2013—personal water filters, bladeless wind energy systems, nutrient recycling programs, harnessing flies to make animal feed—a cheap and easy way to pop a squat might have sounded a bit inconsequential by comparison. Even Dr. Jackson’s pitch seemed like a weird stilted infomercial. Savvyloo deserved its recognition, though. It wasn’t the sexiest project of 2013, but it had the power to combat one of the world’s most widespread and crippling problems: lack of sewage infrastructure.

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Sanitation Superheroine

People fighting for the basic human right of access to water and sanitation aren't typically splashing the covers of your major magazines or billboards. Which is crazy if you think about it.

People fighting for the basic human right of access to water and sanitation aren't typically splashing the covers of your major magazines or billboards. Which is crazy if you think about it. We called professional movie poster designer, Desi Moore, to make a fictitious movie poster and dedicate it to Sherina Munyana of Water for People’s Sanitation (WFPS) in Kampala, Uganda.

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