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Cleaned by Capitalism XLII

This snapshot of a urinal in a men’s room at the Mayflower hotel in Washington, DC, was taken earlier this week.

I’m participating, along with Andy Morriss, in a (splendid) week-long event, at the Mayflower, sponsored by George Mason University’s Law & Economics Center. During one of the breaks, Andy observed that the plastic honeycomb-like devices (such as the one pictured here) now frequently found at the bottom of urinals are designed to reduced the splash – a fine outcome that is not achieved by leaving the bottom of the urinal bare or by the flat plastic pancake-shaped devices that until recently were commonly placed at the bottom of urinals.

Here we see yet another of the countless small ways that innovative entrepreneurship in markets makes our daily lives cleaner.

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