Hot / Cold

January 17th, 2012 § 4 comments

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I hate cold. it makes me angry and antisocial. nothing special, just the way I am. I can take cold if necessary, I just know that I don’t like it. I don’t see why I would change that. I’m assuming I’m not the only one, but also expect that there are some cold-lover out there as well.

However, this condition made me specially sensitive to some social phenomena. the latest one, that I really really don’t understand is people’s behavior on public restrooms. They seem to be either specially designed for cold-lovers, or there is much more cold-lover out there than I imagined.

a) more often than not they are without heating. I get that, landlords are cheap and save money on heating. it’s not nice of them, but nobody spends lots of time in public toilets anyway. and I can handle my anger in small quantities anyway.

b) more often than not, there is an open window right behind the toilet seat. again, I can understand the reasons, even though they annoy me – nobody likes the smell of the person before him, and landlords are cheap and save money on ventilation.

c) roughly half of public restrooms don’t offer warm water. again, cheap landlords. however, in the other half that does, more often than not, like 80% of the time, the hot/cold water faucet is turned all the way to the cold one. let’s ponder a bit on this observation:

  • every time you use public restroom, someone else was there before you and you inherit their ‘preferred environment’. this means the water temperature preference is being suggested to you.
  • a lot of public restrooms don’t offer hot water, but those that do are not being used most of the time.
  • there is no way that so many people would be making a mistake in turning the faucet. all the faucets on the planet use the same direction for hot / cold water – all the faucets everybody is using at home, in their own bathroom and kitchen, use the same layout. they should be programmed to instinctively know which way to turn for warm.
Now, the question I have is this: does this experience mean, that 80% of people are actually cold-lovers and prefer being exposed to cold elements? Do they wash the dishes with cold water then? maybe that’s why they invented washing machines – so they don’t have to be exposed to warm water for too long?
I just don’t get it.
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§ 4 Responses to Hot / Cold"

  • Loisaida Sam says:

    I’m totally with you here, and have been wondering this very same thing for a long time – WHY ON EARTH DO PEOPLE PREFER WASHING THEIR HANDS WITH COLD WATER?! It’s a mystery of modern science.

  • Tadej says:

    One disadvantage of hot water is that it can dry out your hands. I often have dry hands and one of the reasons for this seems to be using hot water when showering or washing my hands.

    While that’s not the reason I would choose cold water over hot instinctively, I can imagine some people could.

    Other than that, a lot of us are used to the fact that the water coming from the faucet often takes a while to turn from cold to hot.
    Perhaps in public restrooms, the lesser evil is not getting your hopes up and not bothering about hot water at all to avoid disappointment/frustration :).

    Cheers,
    Tadej

  • Tadej says:

    yep, masochist cynical pragmatists with perfectly moist hands :)

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