Thursday, November 25, 2010

Fortune Cookie

I am not familiar with the ways of feng shui, but I suspect that the author of this letter is on to something.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

No Photo :(

I have a funny story to relate, but unfortunately there is no photo to go along with it.

My parents were in Chula Vista checking out the proposed site of a new marina before they demolish everything. My mom goes to the (public) bathroom and finds a room full of stalls, and no doors. (I guess this is so that people don't do drugs in the stall? I don't know.) At the far end of the row of stalls there was a woman with her five year old son. He was going to the bathroom, and narrating the process to his mother.

"Mommy, I'm trying to go poop."
"Mommy, it burns!"

Upon hearing this, another woman asks, "Did he eat a spicy burrito? That's what happens when you eat a spicy burrito."

That is exactly what he had done.


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Toilet Signage

Many people ask me about what inspired me to start this blog. I tell them, "I kept running into crazy bathrooms in Europe and wanted to share." Now that I am back in the states, it is the internet that keeps sending me to absurd bathroom-related content. Here are some weird signs that I found on the internet.

Hey, at least they are upfront about their policies. I am not sure how much 100,000vnd is...would be sort of funny if that were like $1,000. Maybe the sign came from some super exclusive club in Vietnam with egyptian cotton toilet paper and they are just trying to recoup their costs.

This gem comes from Korea. Not sure what the message is..."You are now entering a Voyeur zone?"

Sunday, November 7, 2010

100 Year Old Urinals

A friend just linked me to an article about some 100 year old urinals in a Manhattan bar (thanks Seguin).

Here is a photo:

It is interesting to see that people 100 years ago in New York had nicer bathrooms than some of the gems I have found in present day Europe.

This is the link to the original article.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Dear Public Toilets

Found this on the interwebs:

Check out the rest of the blog post (and the solution) at The Oatmeal

Someone from the comments section on that site made a reference to a Mythbusters episode where they showed that the toilet seat is one of the cleanest surfaces in a bathroom. I think this kind of thinking missing the point. There may only be a few germs there, but if they came from someone else's butt, well that's pretty gross.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Election 2010

To get the full emotional effect of this post, hit play on the youtube video (just for the sound).

This election was very important to me. I was in Europe already when I realized that I needed to postmark my registration by October 18th in order to vote in this election. That's the day that I flew back from Paris, so I printed out my voter registration form ahead of time. When I got to Dallas (at about 3:45PM), I rushed through customs, found an envelope and stamp, and dropped it in a mailbox approximately 45 minutes before the last pickup time.

I am here now on November 3rd at 12:37AM with some solemn news. Proposition 19 (to legalize and tax marijuana) has been declared dead. This is the reason I was so motivated to register. And so, as I sit here typing through teary eyes, I leave you with this as a sort of memorial. Only 52% of precincts have reported their results. Perhaps some greater power will get my message and intervene.

Its kind of like when the Pope dies.

RIP Popeosition 19.

Monday, November 1, 2010


My flights back from Europe (Paris --> Dallas, Dallas-->San Diego) were really really long. On the second flight, however, having slept for maybe a total of 3 hours in the last 30 hours, I noticed something strange, and I captured it in this video:

Do you see how much blue water came out? Usually there is a lot of suction, but this one just flushed. That was one flush. Think of how many times the bathroom is used on a normal flight.* How many tons of blue water are being sent across the country?

*I recently read an article about how airport security and the resulting "chugging" that goes on as people down whatever water they brought with them, has increased the usage of inflight bathrooms at the beginning of flights. So remember kids, always use the restroom inside of security while waiting for your flight!