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October 15, 2008

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carbon based lifeform

$19 million for a toilet?

David

It does seem a little steep. Though in fairness the equipment is bespoke, due to the, er, mechanics of using it in microgravity. Note the stirrups.

http://neatorama.cachefly.net/images/2006-09/internationa-space-station-toilet.jpg
http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=getting-a-handle-on-space

Anna

"The problem appears to be a [gas] separator issue."

newbie

That's what I like about this place. One day it's epistemology and the decline of academia, the next day it's an exploding toilet gag.

David

I’m a complicated guy.

Horace Dunn

Memories of playground rhymes...

Oh dear, what can the matter be?
The astronauts have backed up the lavatory
It ain't much fun in zero gravity
Just thank your stars you're not there.

The Thin Man

Gosh $19m - it makes this look reasonable at $5000....

http://www.totoneorest.com

That's the fanciest bathroom website I've ever seen!

David

Wow. The toilet/bidet/bathroom recliner comes with its own remote control. And oscillating action. You can practically smell how classy it is.

JuliaM

And on the day THIS came out, too:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/3195671/Northerners-less-likely-to-wash-their-hands-after-going-to-the-toilet.html

David

I was just reading the BBC account:

“People who had used the bus had higher rates of hand contamination than those who had used the train. Manual workers had cleaner hands than other professionals, students, retired people or the unemployed.”

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7667499.stm

The Thin Man

Nasa's microgravity "wee wee" capture system is not the worlds expensive toilet...

"The World's Most Expensive Gold and Jewelry Sparkling Environmental Friendly Washroom"

http://home.howstuffworks.com/most-expensive-toilet-in-world.htm

It's like SOLID GOLD, man.

Anna

Eew. Major tack. It's the toilet a really successful pimp would have.

David

It’s not the loveliest thing in the world.

The Thin Man

Anna

He could have paid for the suite with an hours earnings of one $32 million hooker, or at the other end of the scale, 32 million $1 hookers.

I suspect that $1 hookers would probably think the suite was classy.

Also, being solid metal it would very cold to sit on, although I suppose that a Bond villain with no feeling in his buttocks might buy one.

The Thin Man

I think the golden lav inhabits the same aesthetic space as Damien Hursts diamond encrusted skull.

Both a colossal waste of cash and a colossal failure of taste.

David

“It’s the toilet a really successful pimp would have.”

Or possibly a pirate.

Candice

“It’s the toilet a really successful pimp would have.”

Or Donald Trump.

I saw The Apprecentice S1, and his expensive condo overlooking Central Park. It was so tacky and cheap-looking. It reminded me of some rooms in the Hearst Mansion.

Horace Dunn

This reminded me of the poem by Carol Ann Duffy in which she imagines herself into the mind of the wife of Midas. I find it rather moving. And funny:

http://www.trinity.cumbria.sch.uk/englishdep/midas.html

David

Horace,

It’s no use trying to elevate this thread with poetry. We both know it’s only a matter of time before it descends to fart jokes.

sk60

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3znWZj-x9U

Horace Dunn

David

You are right, I don't doubt. Still, as the saying goes: vulgarity is innocent; urbanity is not.

The Thin Man

"It’s no use trying to elevate this thread with poetry. We both know it’s only a matter of time before it descends to fart jokes."

As Mr Eugenides has recently posted,

"Naturam expellas furca, tamen usque revenit"

"You can drive nature out with a pitchfork, but she will come back."

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