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Always Wondered About Those Flies at Schiphol Airport

Always Wondered About Those Flies at Schiphol Airport

Apr 10th, 2008, 09:56 AM
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Always Wondered About Those Flies at Schiphol Airport

Ever since i've been flying into Schiphol Airport years ago i remember a very unusual thing about flies there

In the men's urinals there were always a picture of a fly - or a fly decal built into the porcelain right in the middle of the urinal

I had always thought that this must be a trademark of the urinal company, esp later when i started seeing it other places

Recently i saw one in my local Whole Foods Market even - again thinking it was a multi-national urinal brand.

Wrong, NPR just reported the story behind the fly - nothing to do with brand but a revolutionary product of what they called Choice Architectural and a very successful one.
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Apr 10th, 2008, 10:04 AM
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O.k. PalenQ, dying to know more. Tell us what the fly means.
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Apr 10th, 2008, 10:11 AM
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It has something to do with the fly on your pants as well, kind of
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Apr 10th, 2008, 10:33 AM
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It's not a fly, it's a bee and it's been around since Victorian times.
Now, run and find out what the Latin is for bee.
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Apr 10th, 2008, 10:35 AM
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I forgot to say that you are supposed to aim at the bee.
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Apr 10th, 2008, 11:14 AM
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Josser is on the right track. I once had a tour of Schiphol Airport that was guided by the airport's PR person and she said, and I paraphrase..."It was ascertained that if you give men something to aim at, they do. The toilets are consequently much cleaner."
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Apr 10th, 2008, 11:35 AM
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It is a fly and it is a target.
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Apr 10th, 2008, 11:54 AM
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Twyfords were supposed to have the bee on their urinals back in the 19th Century
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Apr 10th, 2008, 12:02 PM
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I guess the English had a greater need for it than other countries?
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Apr 10th, 2008, 12:06 PM
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The Latin for bee is apis
The Victorians had a quirky sense of humour.
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Apr 10th, 2008, 12:08 PM
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Bees are also larger than flies so the English needed a larger target it seems
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Apr 10th, 2008, 12:14 PM
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I wonder if having a PA helps??????
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Apr 10th, 2008, 12:48 PM
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Studies show that if you give men an aiming point in a urinal, bathrooms stay cleaner.
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Apr 10th, 2008, 01:02 PM
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That's exactly what led Schiphol officials to this Choice Architect guru - the toilets, at least men's, were constantly filthy from men who couldn't hit the urinal

They notice instantly that things were much much better with the flies, which normally you would not want buzzing around toilets
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Apr 10th, 2008, 01:15 PM
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We aim to please. You aim, too. Please.

The Dutch have a wonderful sense of humor. Ribald. But useful. And you thought the Dutch boy put his finger into the dike...
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Apr 10th, 2008, 02:23 PM
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I retired from Chemsearch, and one of the products was a urinal screen with a bullseye to aim at.
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Apr 10th, 2008, 03:33 PM
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"I don't know how you guys walk around with those things."
--Elaine Benis, in "The Hamptons"
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Apr 10th, 2008, 09:17 PM
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Here is a picture of the urinals at Schiphol along with many other unusual ones.
http://www.2spare.com/item_91339.aspx
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Apr 10th, 2008, 10:40 PM
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Hi

I'm also fascinated by this and I have read that they have done research on this. I think they have proven that men automatically "aim" for the fly and hence keep the toilet facilities cleaner

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Apr 11th, 2008, 04:01 AM
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Schiphol Airport authorities say the toilets, at least men's, were so stinky that even Sen Craig, passing thru here before the flies came, did not linger in the stall.
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