Let's call one policy AD (Always Down) and the other candidate policy CWN (Change When Needed). There are other potential candidates, but I think these are the main interesting ones.Read the whole thing for the mathematical proof. For my previous excursions into excretory economics, read here, here, here, and here.
Even without going through the gory details of the math, I think you can see that the answer is that AD requires more seat adjustments.
In AD, all of the seat adjustments are driven by a male urinating. Whenever this happens the seat must be raised before use, and lowered afterwards. So the number of seat adjustments in a day is twice the number of male urinations in a day...
So, it seems that CWN is superior to AD with respect to both seat-adjustment effort, and a more equitable sharing of the seat-adjustment burden.
Thursday, March 10, 2005
Posted by Glen Whitman at 1:58 PM
Readers who appreciate my hyperanalytical takes on everyday life will certainly enjoy Gil Milbauer’s analysis of toilet seat norms (specifically, whether the seat should be left up or down). Gil’s analysis is so good – and clearly correct, I might add – that I wish I’d written it myself. Here’s a sample:
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