August 15, 2014

Hey, that kid's clogging the toilet!

I've written about the cool restaurant Modern Toilet before, but I love this photo from the place so much, I'm sharing it with you.
You're welcome!

August 10, 2014

Want to know how you’d die in outer space?

You’d be unconscious in 15 seconds, and would die a few minutes later from lack of oxygen. You’d also be radiated and frozen, but that would happen later, so you wouldn't notice it much. Cuz, you'd be dead.

I know this because I read the NPR article, “Boil, BurnOr Explode? How You Die In Space?” Ooh, and here’s a fun video about it!

August 6, 2014

Want to see the world's sneakiest toilet?

Nope, nothing here…

…and presto!
Thanks to Nathan S. for the photos!

The "Preface" is the very start of a book.

But this typo makes the preface of The Vocabulary of East Anglia by Robert Forby (1830) something else completely! (Via.) peeface

July 24, 2014

There's only one thing that could make this awesome news story even better...

...and that's the ad running to its right side!
Here's the story:
British inventor builds giant 'fart machine' to fire at France
Colin Furze's huge valveless jet engine will be housed in a specially constructed pair of buttocks and aimed in the general direction of France. Furze, a plumber and inventor from Stamford, Lincolnshire, has begun building the biggest fart machine ever, which he plans to place on top of the cliffs of Dover and aim across the Channel towards France. 
His hope is that the French, 21 miles away, will hear the blast. 
The machine, which Furze will house in a pair of specially constructed buttocks, is a giant pulse valveless jet engine – as used in Nazi V-1 bombs during World War II – that creates a plume of fire to go along with its deafening roar. 

And here's a video giving background:

July 17, 2014

Hey, want to buy some dinosaur poop? (It's botryoidal!)

As readers of The Big Book of Gross Stuff know, coprolite is fossilized poop. How did it get fossilized? It’s really old!

For example, that long dinosaur poop above is between five to 34 million years old. What laid it? Dunno. We just have the poop. But it was almost certainly a dinosaur. (I mean, that thing IS over a yard long!)

What’s weird is that people buy coprolites. And this one is actually for sale; below is its auction description.
ENORMOUS AND RARE COPROLITE

This truly spectacular specimen is possibly the longest example of dinosaur feces ever to be offered at auction. It boasts a wonderfully even, pale brown-yellow coloring and terrifically detailed texture to the heavily botryoidal surface across the whole of its immense length. The passer of this remarkable object is unknown, but it is nonetheless a highly evocative specimen of unprecedented size, presented in four sections, each with a heavy black marble custom base, an eye-watering 40 inches in length overall.
Estimate $8,000-10,000

UPDATE: This may be a fake! (Or what one writer called a "faux-poo.") 

July 8, 2014

This Tokyo toilet exhibition is one of the finest museum attractions in the world

First, you put on a special poop hat and climb up to look in the giant toilet…but don't fall in!
Ha! Just kidding. You have a poop hat on—you're SUPPOSED to fall in the toilet. But where do you go?

You'll feel a little flushed as you head to a class where you will learn about all the different kinds of poop.
So what's the story? I'll let the Agence France-Presse explain:
A Japanese exhibition dedicated to what gets flushed down them and featuring a giant toilet slide is making a splash in Tokyo. Children wearing poo-shaped hats slid excitedly down a chute into a lavatory following the "Journey of Poo" at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. 
The aim of the exhibition, which also includes a chorus of singing toilet bowls, is to educate visitors about sewerage, health and waste. An angry lavatory asked out loud what would happen if the world's loos refused to do their jobs, encouraging toddlers to say 'thank you' after flushing. Children also lined up to make their own poop from plasticene, while giggling couples enjoying an unusual date also took the opportunity to sport the popular brown hats and slide down the toilet.
Link here, via Chris Buckley.