Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Canada's War On Doorknobs

"In Vancouver, the humble doorknob is being phased out. Kind of. Effective in March, new housing will be required to install levers on doors and faucets, instead of the good-ol' round knobs of our forefathers."


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Werner Hedgehog (#11,170)

Yes! The addition of any fixture that you can operate with a thrust of the crotch or butt brings us closer to a more ergonomic and healthier future.

Wilgrims (#233,338)

This is sort of also happening in New York (Oh no, am I writing about a fake trend? Whatever, I can't back out now), from apartment renovations I've seen.

laurel (#4,035)

laurel (#4,035)

Wha happened?

The gif disappears unless this comment is here. Sometimes. Sometimes the gif disappears anyway. And then comes back.

I bet it disappears again once the edit window is closed.

laurel (#4,035)

Yep, it's gone again.

It was a b/w animated gif of a dim hallway in which a kitty jumps up and uses a lever–not a doorknob–to open a door and escape into a bright unknown.

Charming, mildly alarming–no one wants a kitty to get out and into peril–and relevant, I thought.

Mr. B (#10,093)

@laurel I see it! (For now.)

And yes, it is cute, scary, and relevant.

laurel (#4,035)

@Mr. B Thank you, Mr. B.

Mr. B (#10,093)

"Knobs of our Forefathers" would make a good name for a band, or at least a better name than "Barenaked Ladies."

Johnny Foreigner sinks another fang into the once-great haunch of the American way of life. Fuck your levers.

hman (#53)

For a city where people inexplicably lose their feet, this is helpful.

1713323762@twitter (#274,613)

I personally prefer levers. I come from a country where door knobs are non-existent and it was hard to get used to the door knobs in the beginning. Second, and most important, it is so easy to open a door with a lever by using your elbow when carrying grocery bags in both hands. Try to do that with a door knob! :) I am reminded of this every time I return from grocery shopping when entering my floor. It's a circus, I tell ya! But hey, this is my preference, I imagine lots of people love door knobs for many reasons, so it should be their choice. I definitely like the change in public places though. And for all door knobs fanatics out there, just because you are so used with them, it doesn't mean it is the only way or the right way. Be a little open minded. Endee from

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