They said it couldn’t be done

Ten years. Over 800 shitters, with hundreds of Bucket Brigadiers and over 600 beautiful human beings each month come to gawk, marvel, question, and contemplate them. THANK YOU for letting me fill the Darwinian niche nobody thought you could need! Let’s count on another 10 glorious shitter-hunting years. Noli oblivisci, supervixi.

World Toilet Day 2023!

I can’t believe it’s already here. Out of curiosity, which way do you hang your roll of hundos, with bills overtop or underneath? There’s no wrong way to flush those funds right over to the World Toilet Organization. You can donate through PayPal or via Give.Asia to secure your contribution toward dignity in sanitation for all people.

This year, the Gaming Thrones community has sent in a metric shit ton of beautiful gaming shitters and all together $250 in donations to the World Toilet Organization. I couldn’t be more proud. As a reminder to our readers, each brigadier-submitted screenshot is the equivalent of a $5 donation, and each Bucket Brigadier of the Year and annual Blue Bowl Award are $25 donations apiece. All told, this translates to a lot of gaming and an OVERFLOWING of caring from our community.

Collectively it amounts to a staggering 39 shitters and those are just the ones I had time to post. I HAVE MORE just waiting to be shared but you gotta understand I’m just one person and (as hard as it may be to believe) this content require quite a lot of delicate planning and coordination. When I could have been hunting shitters, here I’ve been writing R code and doing something “productive”, like a chump! Ew! Only a few more weeks of actual HELL and I promise more shitters are on their way. Please look forward to it!

It’s almost here!

Mark your cal- What am I saying? Surely your calendars are already marked for November 19, World Toilet Day 2022! In previous years, we have joined forces with Omninuts and his Nutsack community, as well as held separate fundraising exercises via third-party fundraising websites, to collectively raise over $1000 for our beloved World Toilet Organization! This year, it’s time for something a little different and Gaming Thrones will be making a donation on behalf of the Bucket Brigade. I hope you will all join me in celebrating this joyous day by participating in the World Toilet Summit, this year taking place in Abuja, Nigeria.

Here’s a little about one of their latest projects, SaniShop Mozambique:

Mozambique is in the top 10 countries in the world in terms of number of people defecating in the open. In addition there is huge inequality in access to sanitation. Nationally only 19 percent have access to improved sanitation, and in rural areas only around 6 percent of the population have improved sanitation. Open defecation rates nationally are around 40 percent, but among the rural poor – it’s 96%!

From 2014-2017, SaniShop Mozambique will be developed in the peri-urban areas of Maputo City. This project is being undertaken in collaboration with Mozambique-based NGO ESTAMOS, ACRA-CCS, and funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In 2014, WTO worked with our partners eKutir, along with ACRA-CCS to train our NGO partner in Mozambique ESTAMOS for the setting up of SaniShop, including two site visits to the project in Maputo.

These are the kind of efforts that you help support when you donate just one dollar to the World Toilet Organization. Gaming Thrones pledges $5 for each and every Bucket Brigadier submission which is donated on World Toilet Day - November 19! I hope to see YOU at the World Toilet Summit! You can register for a virtual ticket at the World Toilet Org website!

Every Toilet has a Twin!

They say that everyone on Earth has a doppelgänger, but did you know that your shitter has one too? Yes, it’s true - in fact, every shitter on Earth has one, and YOU can find your own shitter’s own doppelgänger at Toilet Twinning! Pick from nine rockstar locales and twin your toilet - in exchange, Toilet Twinning will fund workshops which provide training and community-building to teach families to build and maintain their own sanitation systems. It’s a powerful way to elevate opportunities for underserved communities, and you’ll get a cool certificate that you can hang in your bathroom so you can remember that, with each and every flush, you’ve made a difference in the lives of people you may never meet. #Twinning!

Seal of approval!

Check out these lovely World Toilet Day Collector’s Stamps available from the United Nations. You can get whole sheets or a set of three unique stamps for around $5. Each stamp emphasizes a different aspect of the importance of a toilet: Fostering a healthy ecosystem, preventing disease, and keeping under-represented demographics in school! Yes, I will be framing this in my bathroom!

Our Campaign has Begun!

As promised, our campaign for World Toilet 2021 has commenced and it kicks off with a donation that represents all the Shitter Submissions from our Bucket Brigade during the last year. This will continue until World Toilet Day on November 19, so please consider joining us by clicking our campaign link and making a donation of $1! This would mean a lot not only to me but to the entire world to receive your generous donation toward this extremely worthy cause.

I’m very excited and honored to be taking this journey with you toward a better tomorrow, full of healthy and responsible sanitation for everyone!

World Toilet Day 2021 is almost here!

This image is kind of old, but if you follow the link below you’ll see that even more progress has been made since 2017!

As you all know, World Toilet Day occurs on November 19 each and every year. This year, to celebrate World Toilet Day, we’re doing something a little different at Gaming Thrones. If you remember, in 2020, with the help of OmniNut and the Nut Sack crew, we raised an incredible S$901 for the World Toilet Organization via WorldToilet.Give.Asia. This year, due to the fact that my coursework has kept me from playing any games myself, I’ve relied almost entirely on the Bucket Brigadiers for contributions of screenshots from their own gameplays. So, this year, I’m going to be offering a personal donation based on the number of Bucket Brigadier submissions. That will be calculated and donated a little ahead of November 19, and for the purposes of transparency I will share the URL, and if you feel so inclined, please consider making a $1 donation as well via that link. Your donations would make a world of difference to people who need a bathroom urgently!

The Private Latrines of Ancient Rome!

Apparently August 26 is National Toilet Paper Day? And you know how I would like to celebrate this day - by talking about what life would be like without toilet paper. A lot of people on Earth don’t even use toilet paper, opting instead for things like straw, corn cobs, or just their hand, not to mention bidets which are enjoying quite the surge in popularity just lately. But check out this amazing diagram that illustrates how a toilet from ancient Rome might have looked: Instead of toilet paper, ancient people would have used a xylospongium, or tersorium. Essentially a sea sponge tied to a stick, this was was actually shared in public toilets. The tersorium was washed after each use with vinegar and salt water, which allegedly sanitized the object.

I don’t think I’d be down to try that, but what is intriguing about this article from the Manchester Museum is the diagram of the ancient toilet itself. Apparently the back-up of methane gases could cause actual explosions, however, this does seem an interesting concept to build from, for when society crumbles and we are feeling reluctant to start digging 6-foot deep pits for our composting toilets. Maybe I’m just bewitched by the elegance of that toga.

Thank You from WTO!

A very nice thank-you we received from the World Toilet Organization. I like how I just put “we”, as if this blog is anyone else but one toilet-obsessed person.

It’s World Toilet Day 2019!

The United Nations Summit on Global Sanitation takes place today! Today, committees meet to celebrate victories in sanitation advancements over the past 12 months, as well as discuss challenges for the future.

This year, the Rainbow School Toilet Initiative was completed in Yangling, China. 15 similar school projects are currently underway! This incredible advancement improves health, well-being, and even life expectancy for the school children of this community.

For many of us, a working toilet is a necessity that we expect to find everywhere we go. So much so, that we anticipate them even in video games. Please consider celebrating World Toilet Day by giving a donation of any amount to the World Toilet Organization. If every Bucket Brigadier donated even $5 today, think of the difference we could make!

You can read more about it on the WTO instagram, and secure donations may be given through the WTO website.

Q42’s Shitty Load Balancer!

Check out this amazing program that uses a sensor lock to detect how long a toilet was in use. This data shows employees the frequency of use, allowing them to select the cleanest bathroom possible. Just click the source link to navigate to Q42’s article.

Installment #3 of Famous Toilet Episodes: Tywin Lannister’s Infamous Toilet Death!

Tywin Lannister, son of Tytos and Jeyne Marbrand, is assassinated by his son Tyrion, for his crime of being a perennial and unremittent asshole. If that isn’t the biggest “Oops, guess I shouldn’t have dehumanized my son for the last 26 years” face I’ve ever seen.

This is only funny because of the jerk it happens to. While you might say to yourself, ‘But I don’t want to die on a toilet,’ it begs the question. At his funeral, where Tywin is arrayed in a fabulous black velvet Nightstalker Raiment, attendees remark that death on a toilet is an indignity that is uneclipsed. But could this perhaps been the most convenient way to croak? King Robert makes mention of, and perhaps foreshadows, the dreadful phenomenon which occurs immediately following death in Episode 3 of Season 1!

This installment of Famous Toilet Episodes is pulled from one of my favorite films: Mel Brooks’ Robin Hood: Men in Tights. In this scene, Blinkin, the Loxley family servant, is “looking at porn” while ‘in’ the bathroom (which is really a fold-out relief on paper, because he’s blind). This is a pretty standard Castle Shitter, essentially a hole in the top of a wooden box that leads ‘somewhere.’ We generally assume this leads to a chamber and a huge pile that some poor asshole has to shovel out, because we all know Castle Loxley didn’t have running water or a sewer. Obviously Mel Brooks had a lot of influence over me growing up, because I too now believe you can’t call yourself ‘classic cinema’ without having at least one shitter in the production.

Part I of the multi-part series, “Famous Toilet Episodes:” Uesugi Kenshin!

Here is a man considered one of the most powerful daimyo of the Sengoku period, Uesugi Kenshin, whom many believed to be an avatar of Buddha. When he became a Buddhist monk, he changed his name to Kenshin. After a life of discipline, at age 48, it is heavily implied, through historic accounts, that Kenshin was assassinated by a ninja in the toilet in his own camp.