Siberia's Toilet of Terror

Friday July 20, 2018 Written by Ronan

Siberian Toilet

Siberia has long played host to things likely to kill you. Gulags, vicious wolf-like dogs and giant prehistoric viruses all spring to mind. We can now add another terrifying item to that list: a toilet hanging 2,600 meters over the Altai Mountains.

What compelled someone to perch an outdoor dunny over the edge of the Kara Tyurek weather station (literal translation: 'black heart') remains a mystery. But given that it's been in operation for over 70 years, and continues to serve a staff of five weather station employees, it must be doing something right.

Perhaps the toilet's rather extreme location helps amplify the solitude and introspection that can come with visiting the john. At the very least, a fear of heights should assist with bowel loosening.