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Fake Fly in Urinal
Status: Strange, but apparently true.
A pair of images showing a urinal with a fake fly etched into the porcelain is doing the rounds. (I'd guess it's been circulating for at least two years.) The images are accompanied by this caption:

In Amsterdam, the tile under Schiphol's urinals would pass inspection in an operating room. But nobody notices. What everybody does notice is that each urinal has a fly in it. Look harder, and the fly turns into the black outline of a fly, etched into the porcelain. It improves the aim. If a man sees a fly, he aims at it. Fly-in-urinal research found that etchings reduce spillage by 80%. It gives a guy something to think about. That's the perfect example of process control.

Apparently this is true. Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam does sport fly urinals. (Though I'd be interested in getting first-hand verification of this.) The Straight Dope reports that New York's Kennedy airport is considering using the same fake-fly technology.

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Posted by The Curator on Tue Sep 20, 2005

You can buy the stickers at this site:
Posted by Doug  in  USA  on  Tue Jun 13, 2006  at  04:49 PM
I just found a you can order fly stickers to place in urinals to reduce spillage and keep a cleaner bathroom. Great idea!
Posted by ken  in  colorado, u.s.a.  on  Mon Jul 17, 2006  at  11:47 AM
This is true - I see them about twice a year..
Posted by The Flying Dutchman  on  Fri Jun 15, 2007  at  02:57 PM
Those little bees are all over here at the University of Colorado at Boulder. They are installing new Sloan waterfree urinals everywhere and they all feature a little bee grin
Posted by Tim  in  Boulder, CO  on  Sun Oct 14, 2007  at  08:03 PM
Pee on the Bee with Sloan Water Free... very clever, yeah they just installed a bunch at Broward Community College (north campus)
Posted by RK  in  South Florida  on  Tue Feb 26, 2008  at  10:41 PM
just return from tunisia holidaywhere i spend the last 2 days looking around searching all the toilet for this fly i saw in the urinals with fly in toilet so that i can photogragph and show it to my wife.trouble is i forgot which toilet i been and saw this fly ,so i looked in the web and found one.
Posted by bj  in  portugal  on  Wed Jul 22, 2009  at  02:06 PM
I know this is a common observation, but I feel it is in error. I don't know why men have been too shy to respond with the unsavory truth, considering the nature of the critism is not kindly put forth. So here goes: The scatter around the urinal has nothing to do with aim. Every man can aim well enough. It is a "cold gun" scenario, in which the barrel is sealed shut. The first shot is wide of the target until the full pressure of the stream opens the valve completely. This may all seem a little graphic, but what the heck! I've heard the comment many times, so maybe a gross and graphic response is deserved.
Posted by Johnnie  in  USA-NC  on  Wed Mar 03, 2010  at  03:51 PM
Yes, I
Posted by Bunnykins  in  England  on  Sat Mar 13, 2010  at  11:15 AM
it's so normal in amsterdam, did you never see it?
Posted by Parkeren Schiphol  on  Thu Jun 17, 2010  at  09:24 AM
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