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On World Toilet Day, an ode to the revolutionary device (Photos)
Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Celebrated in over 19 countries, Saturday, World Toilet Day was created to raise global awareness over the lack of access to proper sanitation by nearly 40 percent of the world. And if you take your toilet for granted, remember: toilets matter. 1.8 million children under the age of five die each year because of waterborne diseases — all preventable — that are caused by contact with feces. 

Related: Bill Gates reinvents the toilet

However, some see the issue with the toilet itself.  Bill Gates argues that the water closet most people use in developed countries today is far too wasteful. Earlier this year, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation began offering $42 million in funds to research a new type of toilet: One that could stand alone, allowing people to answer nature's call — cleanly — in areas without water and electricity.

This little video sums it up:

So for today's PlanetPic, take a look at how — and where — people around the world do their business. 

Related: The toilet revolution

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Two festival-goers pass a roll of toilet paper between toilet cubicles, during the 2004 Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, England. June 25, 2004.

(Matt Cardy - AFP/Getty Images)
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A spectator tour around the 'Toilet and Bath Expo' on the sidelines of the Inaugural General Assembly of the World Toilet Association in Seoul, South Korea. The World Toilet Association opened the Expo to impove peoples awareness of hygiene and sanitation. Nov. 22, 2007.

(Chung Sung-Jun - AFP/Getty Images)
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A running toilet is stopped as part of a promotion by Denver Water during a break in the action at Invesco Field in Denver, Colorado. Sept. 1, 2007.

(Doug Pensinger - AFP/Getty Images)
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A girl sits on an ice toilet at the Ice Gallery in Seoul. July 20, 2011.

(Truth Leem - AFP/Getty Images)
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Porta-potties are lined-up in front of the Washington Monument on in Washington, DC before the swearing in of President Barack Obama. Jan. 20, 2009.

(Max Whittaker - AFP/Getty Images)
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A worker attaches a faucet in a bathroom of the nearly-completed "The World Stands on its Head" ("Die Welt Steht Kopf") House on the Baltic Sea Island of Usedom in Trassenheide, Germany. Sept. 3, 2008.

(Sean Gallup - AFP/Getty Images)
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Long drop toilets are pictured at the annual Glastonbury festival near Glastonbury, Somerset. June 28, 2009.

(Leon Neal - AFP/Getty Images)
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A waiter offers glasses of Champagne to VIP guests in a newly refurbished public toilet in Oxford Street in London. Westminster City Council opened 'Britain's best' public toilet' under Oxford Circus. May 20, 2005.

(Bruno Vincent - AFP/Getty Images)
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A man urinates into a box as the sun sets over Arctic ice near the 2011 Applied Physics Laboratory Ice Station north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. March 18, 2011.

(Lucas Jackson - Reuters)
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A slum resident uses a toilet that opens into the water below as children swim in the water near a protest rally against the government for demolishing make-shift huts at Mandala in Mankhurd in north central Mumbai. May 12, 2006.

(Sebastian D'Souza - AFP/Getty Images)
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Pakistani contruction workers build closets used for outdoor toilets in Chota Lahore relief camp in Swabi, Pakistan. June 16, 2009.

(Paula Bronstein - AFP/Getty Images)
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A man dressed as a portable toilet parades on a street of Manhattan as part of an advetisement campaign for a portable bathroom and toilet company ahead of Halloween in New York. Oct. 30, 2007.

(Emmanuel Dunand - AFP/Getty Images)
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Protestors wearing masks depicting British Prime Minister Gordon Brown queue in front of a giant toilet outside the Houses of Parliament in London. March 22, 2010.

(Ben Stanstall - AFP/Getty Images)
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South Korean students hold up oriments made with colored mud, at the 'Toilet and Bath Expo' on the sidelines of the Inaugural General Assembly of the World Toilet Association in Seoul, South Korea. Nov. 22, 2007.

(Chung Sung-Jun - AFP/Getty Images)
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An employee of Japan's home builder Daiwa House checks her blood pressure, urine protein, weight and body fat on the control panel an intelligent toilet, designed by Japan's largest toilet maker Toto at Daiwa House's show room in Tokyo. June 21, 2005.

(Yoshikazu Tsuno - AFP/Getty Images)
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The graffitied bathroom walls of legendary punk rock club CBGB's are seen during the last month of its lease in New York City. Aug. 10, 2005.

(Scott Gries - AFP/Getty Images)
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A solid gold and gem-encrusted toilet valued at 4.8 million USD in Hong Kong. Feb. 24, 2005.

(Mike Clarke - AFP/Getty Images)
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The bathroom in a suite of the Parisian luxury hotel the Royal Monceau Raffles. Oct. 5, 2010.

(Bertrand Langlois - AFP/Getty Images)
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Dutch supporters are pictured in the men's toilet at Stuttgart's Gottlieb-Daimler Stadium ahead of the opening round Group C World Cup football match between the Netherlands and the Ivory Coast. June 16, 2006.

(Adrian Dennis - AFP/Getty Images)
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South Korean Marines assemble toilets as they help construction workers build temporary housing on the playground of an elementary school on Yeonpyeong Island. Nov. 27, 2010.

(Yoshikazu Tsuno - AFP/Getty Images)
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A runners dressed as Father Christmas uses a toilet before the start of the Santa fun run in Newtown, Powys, Wales. Dec. 04, 2005.

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A woman cleans the door to a ladies toilet at the Central Station in Warsaw. July 22, 2011. Warsaw's Central station is going through a facelift prior to the Euro 2012 European Soccer Championships.

(Peter Andrews - AFP/Getty Images)
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A general view of a 'Space Toilet' is seen in a 'Space Habitation Module' at Miraikan, The Emerging Museum of Science and Innovation in Tokyo, Japan. Oct. 28, 2008.

(Chris Jackson - AFP/Getty Images)
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View over the city out of the restroom at the board floor of Germany's Commerzbank in downtown Frankfurt. April 6, 2011.

(Kai Pfaffenbach - AFP/Getty Images)
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A man leaves the toilets at the "Rosenmeer" restaurant after using a urinal in the western German city of Moenchengladbach. Aug. 18, 2008. The urinals in the shape of a mouth, created by Dutch designer Meike van Schijndel, were criticized for being offensive to women.

(Volker Hartmann - AFP/Getty Images)
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