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“I do! Now may I tissue?”


Jennifer Cannon married her Prince Charmin yesterday, and the couple started their new life together on a roll. They were wed in the Charmin Restrooms in New York’s romantic Times Square, and Jennifer wore a dress made from seven rolls of toilet paper. 

They seem to have gone overboard with that old superstition that on her big special day, a bride should wear “Something old, something new, something borrowed and something poo.” 

Naturally you get the connection between toilet paper and marriage? Well no, honestly I don’t, either. Anyway, I figure everything went fine until guests started spritzing the bride with champagne… 

Here is the slideshow:


Jennifer Cannon and Doy Nichols dance after exchanging vows at the Charmin Restrooms, a free public restroom facility in Times Square,  December  19, 2007. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine

Candy, in loo of flowers…


Quick quiz: these yummy chocolates are being served at…

a) a VIP party at the Savoy Hotel
b) a new, high-end Belgian chocolate shop on Fifth Avenue
c) a Victorian row house in posh Georgetown
d) a public toilet in Hong Kong

chocolates1.jpgUnfortunately, the answer is the Hong Kong toilet, which by coincidence is one of the extremely few places where I myself would say “No, thank you” to chocolates.

Flush the fudge to fool the fuzz?


fudge-300.jpgA slogan among serious Internet hackers says that “information wants to be free.” A sentiment among some folks holds that fudge wants to be free, as well.

A woman was charged with burglary after police said she made a late-night raid on a fudge shop and escaped with as much fudge as she could carry.

No food? What kind of toilet IS this?


Lovers of good food know you can find some of your best meals at little hole-in-the-wall places. But hole-in-the-FLOOR places, I don’t know.

It turns out, officials in Beijing are cracking down on food stalls that are attached to public toilets, in advance of next year’s Olympics. This makes me feel much better, because now I don’t be tempted to buy food from the person tending the toilet I’m standing in line to use, and I won’t have to learn the Chinese phrase for “eeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwww!!!!”

Waxing silly over glamour in the slammer


Dear Blog Guy,
What’s the silliest thing you’ve seen so far, regarding coverage of Paris Hilton’s hard time in the Big House?
Just Wondering

That’s a tough call. I thought it was kind of amusing when we showed photos and video of what the bunk and toilet in her cell would look like, and I laughed out loud when I saw the murky footage of dark cars driving her to the jail. That segment resembled a Cold War Berlin prisoner exchange scene in some low-budget movie. Then there was the quote from her lawyer saying Hilton plans to use her jail time to reflect on her life and decide how she can “make the world a better place.”

Paris Hilton’s toilet will look a lot like this


Updated with video:

Dear Blog Guy,
Paris Hilton is going to start her jail sentence very soon, and I don’t think the public has been given enough info about the place. Can you shed some light?

You betcha. I’ve examined a bunch of our news photos from the Big House where Paris will be clanging her metal cup against the cell door, digging escape tunnels and all that other stuff prisoners do. We’ve got pictures of typical beds, typical sinks, typical reception areas and typical signs showing typical jail visiting hours. We even have a typical toilet.

Wow! Well, how would you say the place looks?

Pretty typical.

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A toilet inside a typical jail cell at the Century Regional Detention Facility is captured from a video footage taken in Lynwood, California near Los Angeles May 4, 2007. REUTERS/Reuters TV

If the Three Stooges made toilets…


It’s one thing if a car company produces autos with gas tanks that explode, or a pharmaceutical firm sells medication with grotesque side effects, but this time, big business has gone too far. 

In Japan, two prominent makers of fancy toilets that have seat-warming and blow-drying functions for, you know, your butt, have admitted they are aware of a number of cases in which their toilets began smoking, or even caught fire.  

Well, at least it’s wheelchair accessible…


Apparently just serving great food is no longer the preferred way to attract patrons to a restaurant, and don’t even think about presenting a tasteful, romantic decor. If you can’t bother making your place disgusting beyond belief, some other restaurateur will do it instead.

We’ve already seen our share of bizarre restaurant themes in this blog – toilets, Hitler, total darkness, animal heads – and now, welcome to death’s door.

Gotta go? Relief is in sight, literally…


This is a new outdoor urinal being used in China, and it seems like one tiny step up from having nothing at all. No fancy frills like doors, which are for sissies. Just a thin band between you and the rest of the world.

Would you use one of these? It’s easy to say no, but after a big lunch with three cups of tea and a couple of Tsingtao beers in you, your priorities may change. Especially if the alternative is that bar where the urinal was recently stolen for a souvenir.

They found him through the Yellow Pages?


As you may recall from a posting here a few days ago, this guy walked out of a pub with its urinal, which he had hidden in his rucksack, leaving some pretty uncomfortable drinkers in his wake.

Good news. The guy turned himself – and the urinal – over to police, saying he had taken it as a souvenir.