The Big Button is for Big Things!
Amsterdam Travel Blog› entry 10 of 31 › view all entries
The toilets here are different.
I don't know how to explain it (as I write this, I think, "I should just take a picture of one") - they are deeper and lack an actual toilet bowl. And instead of a flush handle - there is a button. Or maybe I should say buttonS. Two buttons.
Since I arrived here, my use of the lavatory would end with me always pushing the Big Button to flush. It was just automatic.
Yesterday, while in the bathroom of a cute little restaurant by the Van Gogh museum, it suddenly occured to me to wonder: what EXACTLY does the other, Little Button, do? I eye it suspiciously. The Big Button flushes so the Little Button... ? Hmmm... ...I push the Little Button. And immediately shimmy away from the toilet because I'm afraid that it's actually a Reverse Button meaning it will start to spew toilet water all over me.
The toilet flushes.
Back at the dinner table, I finally get brave enough to ask my friend exactly WHY there are two buttons that BOTH flush on the toilets out here. I mean, that's DUMB isn't it?!
"Well, er, it's a water conservation effort," he says - a little awkwardly. He looks uncomfortable as I stare at him blankly. He explains more. "So the big button flushes with more water so - "
"Oh!" I'm having a eureka! moment. "I get it!!! So the Big Button is for BIG things and the Little Button is for, um, LIQUID things!"
He laughs at me until he cries.
Then I get slightly embarrassed. "Jesus, this whole time I've always just pushed the Big Button. Count on Americans is consume as much as possible ALL the time..." He laughs at me some more.
I'm learning a lot here in Europe.