Monday, December 28, 2009

Fly Decals lead to cost savings

My mother was a sociology major in college, and sometimes enjoys telling us stories about the foibles of human interaction. So I am thinking she will greatly enjoy this particular story. Essentially, bathroom managers across the world have found that attaching decals of flies to urinals inspire men to aim more carefully, and thus reduce maintenance costs due to "spillage".

The presence of a fly in a urinal literally changes human behavior, he thinks — or at least the behavior of human males.

"Apparently," Berenbaum says, in males, "there is a deep-seated instinct to aim at targets..." When flies were introduced at Schiphol Airport, spillage rates dropped 80 percent, says manager Aad Keiboom. A change like that, of course, translates into major savings in maintenance costs.
I am thinking mothers across America are reading this story and pulling out their sharpies to tame their male children's bathroom habits.

1 comment:

shadowmom1 said...

Women would just avoid using those facilities and 'hold it" as long as necessary to get to someplace cleaner.