ice in urinal

We have asked ourselves this question since going to the Tigers games at the old stadium with the pee troughs!

So after a beer or two we found the answer:


It turns out, this is actually an old-fashioned method of odor elimination that is cheaper than typical urinal cakes or deodorant pads, and, to some, a more elegant solution. The ice cools the air around the urinal, and, as cool air sinks, it traps and washes away any olfactory unpleasantness through a drain in the floor.

“It hearkens back to the time of speakeasies and saloons in New York City when ventilation in buildings was subpar,”  “It’s a fun touchstone to an era that’s no longer around.”

So now you know!!!


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