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Despicable People

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The Lord of the Rings

There have always been evil people. Nero. Genghis Khan. You know the type.

But there are some people who defy description when it comes to being devious.

Like the guy who decided to put the candy at eye (and hand level) for kids sitting in the grocery buggy seat.

The evil genius who decided that towels in public restrooms should be dispensed so that you have to tug on the paper towel with soggy hands.

The fiend who decided that the lever on some cars used to shift gears would control the wipers on others.

The American publisher who decided that news articles would not occupy a single page but would be continued on page 10.

So be careful – you never know what they’ll come up with next.

Bathroom Humor

No, not that kind – just thoughts about the modern bathroom.


It’s interesting that public restrooms, the term that is often used to describe grossness, have gone high tech while the home bathroom is essentially unchanged.

First, the mix of toilet types in public restrooms. Some flush themselves. Some don’t need flushing. Some are still the do-it-yourself. And I’m not counting the ones that are out of order.

A mom with a young daughter told me about the trauma of her toddler using the restroom. Because she was so small, the sensor would “see” her then not “see” her and repeatedly flush – a sensation the young lady found most disconcerting. Probably put her potty training progress back at least 6 months.

Some bathrooms have automatic sinks. Others have automatic soap dispensers and most have automatic towel dispensers, but there seems to be no logic behind the selection. You almost think the plumbers are having fun at our expense.

If you really want to make me happy, how about an automatic door opener so I’d be spared the need to touch the door handle just used by the people who don’t wash their hands.

While I dislike traditional blow driers, I must admit I do like the new ones with 150 mile per hour blowers – of WARM air. They actually work (without the need to use my pants as a towel) and it’s fun just to watch the skin on my hands ripple in the Jetstream. But then I am easily amused.

Maybe that’s why home bathrooms haven’t changed. After being confused as to which fixture is automatic and which one is manual, it’s kind of reassuring to go home and not have to figure out how to use the bathroom.