Archive for Inspirational
Everyone deserves a safe place to “go”.
Did you know that the advent of the toilet has saved more lives than any other invention in history? That’s right – more than seat belts, vaccinations or any medical device, modern sanitation has improved women’s equality, living conditions, health and even economies!
Last year, we awarded Williamsburg Elementary School in Williamsburg, Ohio with 10 brand new toilets to replace their outdated facilities which hadn’t been changed in decades! We also awarded organizations like the Family Bridge Homeless Shelter, Winfield Area Habitat for Humanity, and the Natchez Festival of Music with new, water-efficient toilets and funds towards the installation.
EDIT: We have a winner! Congratulations to Our House Residential Job Training Program for Youth in Brookeville, Maryland which received multiple nominations and captivated our panel of Judges with their moving mission to equip abandoned, abused, homeless, and orphaned teenage boys with carpentry skills, workforce readiness, and GED preparation. Here are their nominations!
Congratulations! Our House will be receiving 7 toilets and 3 urinals for their new training center, along with $2,000 USD from American Standard to use towards installation. Thank you to all who submitted a nomination to this year’s contest and shared your passion for providing a deserving organization or individual with new toilets.
This year, we’re once again making an ode to the commode by awarding a deserving organization or individual with Thank You Toilets & $200 USD per toilet (to be used towards installation) for their home, school or other facility. The winner will be announced on World Toilet Day, November 19th!
How can you make a nomination?
From now until November 14th, 2014, nominate one deserving group or individual to receive a toilet or toilets (up to 10) of their choice from American Standard by uploading a photo of their current bathroom facilities to Instagram. Be sure to include the following caption (in 50 words or less):
- How the nominee has had a positive impact on others on a personal/community level;
- Why the nominee would benefit from and is deserving of receiving up to a maximum of 10 new toilets (i.e. outdated facilities which need renovating, etc.)
Don’t forget to include the hashtag “#ThankYouToiletContest” and tag American Standard at “@American_Standard” in your caption to make it official! Don’t have an Instagram account? You can still enter by sending us your photo and caption to firstname.lastname@example.org. (see official rules for more details)
A panel of judges from American Standard will evaluate each submission using the criteria listed above. The winning organization, group or individual will be announced on World Toilet Day, November 19th, 2014! No purchase is necessary. This contest is open to legal residents of the (50) United States ,the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) 18 years of age or older. Official rules after the jump.
Everyone deserves the dignity of a working toilet.
Did you know that the advent of the toilet has saved more lives than any other invention in history? That’s right – more than seat belts, vaccinations or any medical device, modern sanitation has bolstered better living conditions, better health and even better economies! This year, we’re making an ode to the commode by awarding a deserving organization or individual with up to ten (10) Thank You Toilets for their home, school or other facility and $200 USD towards the cost of installation per donated toilet. The winner will be announced on the newly United Nations recognized holiday World Toilet Day, November 19th!
How does Thank You Toilet Work?
From now until October 30th, 2013, nominate one deserving group or individual to receive a toilet or toilets of their choice from American Standard by sending us their story to email@example.com. Be sure to include the following (in 500 words or less):
- Why you believe this group or individual is deserving of the toilet(s) – have they made profound impact on a personal or community level?
- How they will benefit from the Thank You Toilet(s)
- (Optional) Any pictures of depicting the current state of the facility, at least 200×200 pixels
- Contact information (Name, Phone Number and Address) for both nominee and entrant
A panel of judges from American Standard will evaluate each submission using the criteria listed above. The winning organization, group or individual will be announced on World Toilet Day, November 19th! No purchase is necessary. This contest is open to legal residents of the (50) United States ,the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) 18 years of age or older. Official rules after the jump.
UPDATE November 19th, 2013: Congratulations to Williamsburg Elementary School in Williamsburg, Ohio for being selected as this year’s Thank You Toilet winner! The elementary school, which currently uses fixtures that are original to the building, will benefit from new water-efficient models! Thank you to all of the nominators for submitting your nominations. Happy World Toilet Day!
If you’re a poet and didn’t know it, this contest’s for you!
As a personal fan of toilet humor and the arts, Professor Toilet was beyond thrilled to learn of National Bad Poetry Day (August 18th); an annually celebrated holiday that celebrates terrifically terrible verses and the not-so-gifted poets behind them. This year, we want to recognize all of you closet bards by presenting you with a challenge with a fabulous prize to the best (bad) poem. All you need to do to enter is submit one Haiku or poem about the prize of your choice (see below for options). Here’s an example Haiku with a dash of toilet humor:
Mother Nature Calls
American Standard Answers
Champion in my stall
Think you have what it takes to create some terrible verses and make Professor Toilet and his team laugh? Here’s How to Enter:
To enter to win either (1) Champion PRO Right Height Elongated Toilet in White OR (1) Quentin Widespread Faucet and (1) FloWise Traditional Showerhead in Polished Chrome, leave a comment on this post with your original poem (Haiku, Acrostic, etc.) about the prize of your choice. Limit 5 entries per person.
Professor Toilet and his team will choose their favorite entry on Monday August 19th, 2013 as the winner, so hurry and enter before August 18, 11:59PM ET. No purchase necessary to enter or win. Must be U.S. resident (50 states or D.C.), 21 or older, to participate. Good Luck!
Update: Congratulations to Jackie S. who submitted the following poem:
Champion Pro I love you so,
you flush like no toilet I know,
You flush a phone, a toy a ball,
you keep on flushing through it all.
When someone buys a pro like you,
They help the needy people too.
You stand so tall,
and very proud,
you are a toilet to keep around.
Professor Toilet and his team loved reading through your hilarious and creative entries. Thank you to all who entered and stay tuned for more toilet news and tips on the Professor Toilet blog!
Back in May, Professor Toilet and his team sought out to make one deserving Mom very happy by supplying her with a brand new culinary tool – the American Standard Quince Semi-Professional Kitchen Faucet. The response was tremendous; over 150 of you told us why you think your mom deserved the new addition! (Mom would be proud) After reading all of your amazing responses, we selected Jennifer Huber, daughter extraordinaire and blogger at Solo Travel Girl, as our winner. She wrote of her mom, “she’s one of the best cooks I know and it’s just not me saying that – over the decades she’s dazzled friends and family by single-handily preparing delicious feasts for 100-some people for family reunions, graduations and “just because” summer gatherings. This would definitely make her feel like the pro she really is. Plus, I think she’d enjoy spraying her adult-children with it to keep us in line.”
We’re flattered that Jennifer’s blog recently gave us a shout out, touting “thanks to American Standard, I’m the best daughter in the world!” Jennifer’s mom (pictured above) playfully demonstrated her Quince spraying skills as a fair warning to the Huber children – watch out! With the Quince Semi-Professional Kitchen Faucet, Jennifer’s mom can now dazzle guests better than ever and entertain like a Pro! Read more about the story at Solo Travel Girl.
Making someone the best daughter in the world? It’s all in a day’s work for Professor Toilet.
Ask any child from the age of zero to ten what their favorite activity is and bath time, in most cases, will be somewhere towards the bottom of the list (right next to eating broccoli and going to the dentist). If you’re a parent, you do everything to try to change this, from adding in the infamous floating rubber ducky to bubbles, yet bathing will always be another “chore” that leaves them kicking and screaming. Enter the Welle Household, however, and it’s like you’ve entered an alternate dimension; not only are the Welle children willing to step foot into the bath but they come running (yes, RUNNING) when it’s bath time. In their home, bath time for the kids is fun time and a place to let their imaginations run wild.
For all you curious parents – what exactly is the Welle’s “secret” antidote to the boring bath? Earlier this year, they installed an award-winning American Standard FunBath right over their existing tub. Miranda (mom) chose the Firetruck bath because of the universality of the design for both boys and girls. The four Welle children, whose ages range from 8 years old to 8 months old, get uncommon bragging rights – they get to bathe in a firetruck at home! With three design variations; a Pretty Princess Castle, a Fierce Firetruck and a Customizable Flat Panel version, there’s a Funbath to fit any kid’s tastes.
Since installation, Miranda has been touting the FunBath as the conversation piece in her home; it boasts good looks, reduces the dreaded back strain and was a breeze to install. With a fierce red finish the Firetruck FunBath, which the Welles’ coordinated bath décor around, is nearly impossible to pass without notice. A young visitor was even recently inspired to take a bath after seeing the Fierce Firetruck at the home. And you’ll never stoop to bathe your toddler again. With an elevated frame, the child is seated at a comfortable level so you’re not straining to reach. The FunBath’s acrylic body fits right over any standard 60-inch bathtub, so installation (and uninstalling) is a snap.
After almost a year of use, what’s the verdict? Miranda says “My favorite features of the FunBath are the sprayer so I can rinse the soap out of the kids’ hair easier and the fact that I don’t have to bend over any more to help with bath time. I even bathe our newborn in the Firetruck! I never even brought the baby bathtub out of the basement this time. It’s so convenient to just stand and wash him up in our Funbath that there is no need for the baby tub. And I really like the seat that is at the back of the Firetruck. It was perfect when our 22 month old was a few months younger. He could sit there and enjoy a bath with his siblings and wouldn’t have the water getting too high on him. It’s great that the tub is shallower than a normal bath tub. It doesn’t take as much water to give the kids a bath either!”
Learn more – watch the FunBath video above and click here to view more Safe & Accessible products.
Sometimes it’s called a man cave, a man space or even a mantuary; it’s a place to unwind, indulge in a favorite hobby, play pool or gather with friends to watch the game. In honor of Dad this Father’s Day, we’ve put together some ideas for the ultimate man cave with cues from some of our favorite TV shows. Can you spot the American Standard products we snuck in?
How To Enter:
Does your Dad have a special space where he goes to get away from it all? For father’s day this year, Professor Toilet is giving away your choice of one of our powerful new Champion PRO or Cadet PRO Toilets or a Decorum Urinal to outfit your dad’s space. Just tell us what your dad’s ultimate man cave would be and why you think he’s deserving of a new toilet or urinal. Professor Toilet and his team will pick their favorite response on Sunday, July 1st, 2012 and announce the winner on July 2nd, so submit your entry today. Happy Father’s Day!
Edit: Congratulations to Gerald McCarty whose hilarious poem, “An Ode to Dad”, made us laugh. Gerald’s father must’ve had a huge part in instilling a sense of humor to his children! Read the winning comment below:
An Ode to Dad.
My Dad is an endearing guy, but I fear his water bill is way too high.
His toilet flushes way too much and the old porcelain is unpleasant to the eye.
A new American Standard toilet would be such a great big rush,
And the lower water bills would be a bonus reminded with every flush.
My dear father just turned eighty eight
and a new toilet for him would really be great.
If he wins I could not be prouder
but for his merits I’ll just have to scream louder.
Thank you to everyone who entered our “Ultimate Man Cave” Giveaway! Stay tuned with us as we introduce new givaways and more all summer long!
Moms are heroes on a daily basis – they soothe bumps and bruises, provide support through thick and thin and teach us the most important lessons in life. This Mother’s Day, the Professor Toilet blog is celebrating with a very special giveaway for the fabulous Mom in your life.
Whether she’s a culinary pro or a kitchen novice, we think any mom would love the addition of a brand new faucet to the kitchen. American Standard kitchen faucets give a worry-free lifetime of performance and beauty. Ceramic disc valves keep faucets drip-free and running smoothly. A lifetime finish that resists tarnishing and scratches mean the faucet will continue to look great for years of wear. All American Standard faucets are worry-free, drip-free and built to last – the perfect trifecta to make any mom smile!
How to Enter:
1- To enter to win one of our kitchen faucets, leave a comment with your favorite kitchen faucet choice from the selection below and make sure to insert the faucet name in your comment.
2- Also, tell us how your mom would use this kitchen faucet (perhaps to whip up a favorite recipe?).
Professor Toilet and his team will choose their favorite entry on Friday May 18, 2012 as the winner, so hurry and enter before May 17, 5PM ET.
For the Mom that (practically) lives in the kitchen: The Pekoe Semi-Professional Kitchen Faucet
Does your mom host her own imaginary Food Network show straight out of her kitchen? The Pekoe Semi-Professional Kitchen Faucet was designed with the “Michelin Star” home chef in mind with its sleek and modern silhouette. The long pull-down spray makes rinsing vegetables and washing large pots a cinch which, of course, means more time to master that Beurre manié.
For the Home Head Chef: The Quince Semi-Professional Faucet
The Quince Semi-Professional Kitchen Faucet keeps pace with the mom that slices and dices like a pro; the smooth lever handle and toggle spray making rinsing and washing a breeze while the memory positioning feature keeps the user from having to adjust the temperature each use.
For the casual cook: The Quince High Arc Faucet with Pull-Out Spray
For the mom that likes things simple and sweet, the Quince delivers with a casual look that’s inspired by nature. Don’t let the minimalistic appearance deceive you though: this kitchen faucet is packed with features that bring convenience to the home cook including a pull out spout with two spray functions.
Whether you’re looking towards starting that remodel you’ve been dreaming of or looking to update your bathroom, Professor Toilet is giving you an exclusive sneak peek at some of our latest suite shots from JADO and Porcher to help you get started. Bask in the elegance of the traditionally-inspired Hatteras Collection or admire the refined Stoic Collection with its clean lines and modern outlook. Make a splash in your bathroom with these sleek new collections!
Professor Toilet wants to know which bathroom suite make you want to lounge in the bath for hours. He’s also giving you a chance to win a set of two JADO robe hooks (your choice of Stoic or Hatteras Collection, see product details below) for a fresh update!
For your chance to win, tell us which suite you’d love to see in your home and why it inspires you by commenting on this blog post. Professor Toilet will choose his favorite comment on 3/15/2012 as the winner. Hurry and get those comments in.
Featured Items, from Left to Right:
97010-11 – Porcher Solutions™ Wall-Mounted Dual Flush Toilet
60525-10 – Porcher Solutions™ 5-1/2′ Slim Premium Air Bath
847/814/100 – JADO Stoic Deck Mount Tub Filler with Hand Shower with Cy Handles
80880-01 – Porcher Solutions™ Mirror
847/033/100 – JADO Stoic Widespread Lavatory Faucet with Cy Handles
80800-01 – Porcher Solutions™ 24″ Wall Hung Cabinet
26060-03 – Porcher Solutions™ 24″ Countertop Lavatory with 8″ Centers
Featured Items, from Left to Right:
82930-01 – Calla II Mirror
82920-01 – Calla II 24″ Cabinet
20378-00 – Calla II Lavatory
842/803/100 – JADO Hatteras Low Spout Widespread Lavatory Set with Cross Handles
90290-01 – Calla II Elongated Toilet
60070-00 – Calla Soaking Bath
842/804/100 – JADO Hatteras Low Spout Roman Tub Set with Handshower and Cross Handles
Featured Items, from Left to Right:
97920-28 – Archive Elongated High Efficiency 1 Piece Toilet
84920-01 – Archive 24″ Vanity
84960-01 – Stone Top for Archive 24″ Vanity
84930-01 – Archive Mirror
842/003/100 – JADO Hatteras Low Spout Widespread Lavatory Set with Cross Handles
62745-40 – Archive Freestanding Soaking Bath
And the Winner Gets One of These…