Monday, June 18, 2012
Tales From The Men's Room
To avoid indelicacy, I'm going to assume you are familiar with boys' plumbing. Public restrooms for men use urinals because more of them can be crammed into the same space than toilets. Also, users get their business done more quickly with urinals.
The downside to urinals is that many men are inattentive and inaccurate when pointing their willies, so there is usually a lot of spillage in the area. A lot. Like a pond. Count yourselves lucky you don't have to enter a Men's Room to confront this mess.
Last year, I picked up a friend at JFK airport and used the bathroom there. I noticed a small image of a housefly at the bottom of the urinal. I realized the image was baked into the porcelain. Naturally I wondered why it was there.
Yesterday, reading The New York Times, I learned the answer. The urinals were made by a Dutch company which cares about environmentalism. They believed that giving men a target to shoot would reduce spillage and decrease the need for frequent cleaning.
Here's what the Times wrote, "Studies found that mistakes in marksmanship dropped by 80 percent as men kept their minds on their work." So, apparently, the flies serve a purpose.
Isn't that weird?
Here's the second story. Urinals often have "cakes" in them which are bars of disinfectant. I was in Penn Station in NYC when I noticed the cake in my urinal had advertising on it. As startling as that was -- I had never seen an ad there before -- the ad-copy made me laugh out loud.
The cake had a logo for a credit-card company trying to lure new customers with low interest-rates. Under the logo was this slogan, "Don't Piss Away Your Money."
I laughed! It was so unexpected and surreal. I was reading advertising in a urinal while hosing it down. The slogan was simultaneously vulgar and clever.
Is there anything interesting happening in the Women's Room you want to share? :-)