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Taiwan Toilet Restaurant

Have you ever been sitting in a restaurant and wondered: “Gee, why do they place toilets in a separate room?” Or … when taking time away from dinner to dispose of some hazardous waste, have you thought: “I’d much rather eat in here, how homey!” Well, if you are among the 3 non-institutionalized people who have thought this, now there’s a restaurant for you:

toilet restaurant 1

Yes, those are toilets IN the restaurant. Bowls are also shaped like toilets, dessert dishes like bidets/urinals, and dessert itself is … well, let’s just say it’s shaped like something you wouldn’t want to leave in the goat feeder for long. Apparently Japan doesn’t hold a monopoly on Asian zaniness. Here’s a few other pictures:

Showers on the wall? They didn’t miss a detail::
toilet restaurant 2

Toilet bowl ice cream, hmmm …
toilet restaurant 3

Hopefully they cleaned the sinks first
toilet restaurant 4

Apparently the first Taiwanese Toilet Bowl Rrestaurant was so popular that they opened a second one … who knows, maybe this will become the next big global franchise. 10 years from now, instead of visiting the Golden Arches, you might just be stopping into the Poo Poo Palace! 😉

Time for this week’s Random Question:
If you could have any single thing in the world (whether physical or not), what would it be and why?

Answers from a materialistic, spiritual, political, or any other perspective are all welcome … just leave a comment below (and keep it to one thing … e.g. it’s cheating to say “I want a magic genie that would give me infinite wishes”).

For me: I’d want time … more time to spend with the family, more time for starting a business, more time to play the piano, more time to just relax, and more time to sleep. I think I was meant to live in a world with 40 hour days.

Ooohhh … or I’d want a Spinach Pizza from Gino’s East in Chicago.

I’m looking forward to your response! :)

If you have kids, you’ve either heard about the Nintendo Wii and Playstation 3, or you live in a village so remote that you are reading this from an ink-smeared napkin that fell off the back of a dirty old pickup truck. If that’s the case, you’ll unfortunately miss this video (and by the way, I’d like my napkin back … my address is right under the pelican in overalls):

(if you can’t see the video, click here)

This video is not an anomoly … this is the response that kids and adults alike seem to have to the Nintendo Wii. I saw parents doing the same thing at Circuit City the other night (one almost hit the TV with the Wiimote). Most of the Wii games actually make you exercise a little (or a lot) to win.

That’s right, a game system that will make your kid more active! Now you don’t have to feel quite as guilty about your kids sitting in front of the TV for hours, instead they’ll be jumping up and down foolishly in front of the TV. OK, so you’d probably rather have them play with friends or outside, but it sure beats watching cartoons. As a bonus, if your kid MUST have a new video game system, the Wii is the cheapest one available right now.

In case you were wondering, this IS NOT a paid post. I just couldn’t resist writing about the Wii after seeing that cute little video.

Clangnuts is a cartoonist you may not have visited before, but he is definitely worth checking out. What really struck me is how he alternates between complete randomness and immediately relevant cartoons that mirror daily life. For example, consider the following cartoon …

murder on the dance floor

You are probably wondering (and understandably so), “What establishments do you frequent in order for THAT cartoon to be relevant?”. OK, so I’ll concede that for most of you this probably falls in the ‘Completely Random’ category, but it immediately swept me back to an experience I had back in the late 90’s … it’s actually a pretty funny story:

For about a year, I worked in Beloit, Wisconsin as a consultant. Most people view Wisconsin as being full of cheery folks who have massively expanded waistlines from eating too many fried cheese curds (which I found to be amazingly delicious) and Oscar Mayer wieners. While this appeared to be true everywhere else in The Great Cheese State, Beloit was a different animal (although we did hang out with the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile crew one night – you haven’t lived until you see the sun rise over a 12 foot high fiberglass hot dog from your motel room window ;)).

One Wednesday night we went to a highly recommended local restaurant. To my dismay, it was Karaoke night, and the establishment described to us as “The best after work restaurant and bar in Beloit” looked like the perfect setting for a bad Patrick Swayze movie.

We knew something wasn’t quite right when this creepy guy with a greased back mullet and missing upper canine tooth strolled up to us and said “Hey there … see that big red Ford F150 out by the street? It cost me $8,000, but I won’t have any problems covering the payments … see, it cost me exactly what I’ve won from these Karaoke contests … $100 each week for 8 weeks in a row since this place has reopened again … oh yeah.”

We all started snickering, and he made a strange/annoyed face and walked away, completely oblivious. Apparently they don’t teach math in Beloit, as the 6 or 7 others in his posse looked at us as if we were from the moon when we laughed.

Despite the fact that we were constantly being approached by similarly creepy locals with other odd stories and suggestions, what got us worried was that he said “since this place has reopened again”. So we asked around, and finally found someone who told us: “Every few months this place shuts down because of either a stabbing or a shooting, but don’t worry … it’s usually just a stabbing … and usually just because of some stupid argument over who won the Karaoke contest.”

We initially didn’t believe him until a cop strode in later and wearily retold the exact same story … then said “it’s actually really safe, I bring my family here sometimes … just don’t pick any fights.” Great. Not only do I HATE Karaoke at bars, but now the cop verified that we could get killed over it. Coincidentally, as the cop was finishing, two of the rowdy Chicago guys in our group went up to sing Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “I like Big Butts”, which apparently does not go over so well in a country loving Wisconsin bar.

A few jeers and angry looks from the locals was all it took for us to pay our bill and race back to the Holiday Inn Express. We didn’t even cheer our friends as they finished – particularly since the winner each week was determined by the enthusiasm of the crowd … we weren’t about to let our friends be the reason the restaurant shut down the next time.

I hadn’t thought of that story in years until I saw the above cartoon. Thanks Clangnuts for the memories, and for letting me use your cartoons! BTW – here’s another two of his cartoons that I thought were pretty funny:

Loretta:
loretta tattoo

Nuclear War:
thermos nuclear war

Have a great day everyone, I hope you enjoyed this post (I know I did)!

Funny office pranks

Have you pulled off any good office pranks? Most of my office pranks were years ago, and most were directed at a hypochondriac boss with OCD, who surprisingly enjoyed being the object of pranks that picked on his condition (I think he viewed it as cheap therapy, although he didn’t kick his OCD or the meds until he had to change diapers on a daily basis).

Here are a few we pulled on him:

  • I called him on the first day of a vacation to tell him I had flesh-eating Strep (my coworkers there at the time said he paced frantically for about 10 minutes and started looking faint before they finally told him it was a joke)
  • We changed the expiration dates on foods and made sure he wouldn’t notice until after eating them
  • We convinced clients to act sick after eating the same lunch as he had eaten in the cafeteria
  • On the day of a big meeting, we took him to a backwoods type of restaurant where they promptly cut off his tie and hung it on the wall (we had a spare for him)

He always joked heartily about these pranks soon afterwards, but during the prank he’d be pretty nervous and jittery.

Unlike my little antics, some people go big when performing office pranks. Here’s a few that I thought were pretty funny:

Removing glass from inside door prank:

(if you can’t see the video, click here)

Foiled office:

(if you can’t see the video, click here)

How to surprise the boss who just bought a new car (apparently from a Canadian TV commercial, but still a funny idea):

(if you can’t see the video, click here)

Office fun … not so much a prank but would be a hoot to see:

(if you can’t see the video, click here)

And finally, an old office ‘prank’ gone wrong. Hopefully this will be a lesson to all the guys out there thinking of this one:

(if you can’t see the video, click here)

Have any good office prank ideas, or ones that you’ve pulled?

This year’s Christmas card

Not everyone sends the old standby family picture, holly leaves, santa, or present themed Christmas and holiday cards. Apparently this is an actual Christmas card sent by kellyj in 2005:
christmas card

I was planning on putting my 2 year old on the front of our Christmas cards … maybe I could replace the flowers with him being potty trained? Or even include a small DVD video? Hmmm… somehow this takes the trend of deviating from the “true meaning of Christmas” to a whole new level, not that the flower in the toilet didn’t to begin with. I think we’ll just stick with him dressed up in front of the Christmas tree.

Don’t worry, I won’t post Christmas themed posts ALL month. I just couldn’t help jumping on the bandwagon for a day with the constant barrage of music, lights, store sales, and ornaments that started popping up over 2 weeks ago.

weight on neutron starA few weeks ago, I read the following nerdy physics joke: A neutron walks into a bar and asks for a drink, the bartender hands him one and says “for you buddy … no charge”

Immediately I thought … “Wow, I can write better nerdy jokes than this!” So here’s my attempt … these are all silly little jokes I just made up:

What did one electron say to the other electron during their wedding ceremony?
How am I supposed to get close enough to kiss you if you’re always being so negative!

Why did the neutron turn down the proton’s proposal for a date?
She didn’t feel much attraction towards him.

Why did the proton turn down another proton’s proposal for a date?
She found him downright repulsive.

What’s an electron’s favorite dance move?
The electric slide of course!

And now a longer one:
A proton walks into a bar and asks for a drink, the bartender flatly says “No way”
Proton: But why not, you gave my buddy Electron a drink, and you gave one on the house to that cute neutron!
Bartender: I think you know why.
Proton: I have no idea!
Bartender: Are you sure you don’t know why?
Proton (now angry): I’M POSITIVE!!!
Bartender: Exactly, now get out here.

That’s about as creative as I can get on a Friday night … what do you think?

The $100 Identify the Picture contest is now 4 times easier than before. We’ve increased the amount of detail shown on each picture by a factor of 4, and also added a clue for each one. For example, here’s one of the pictures before and after zooming out:

Last week
pic 3 before
Now after zooming out
pic 3 after
clue: Not that easy

Yes, it’s A LOT easier now. Click here to go to the contest and enter your guesses. If you have general comments about our contest, feel free to enter them here (but only put your entries on the contest post).

Time for our random question of the week (thanks for all your great comments the past couple weeks when we did this):

What’s the most unique food or custom that you and your family have for Thanksgiving (non U.S. readers can insert any holiday you want in place of Thanksgiving)?

My family is pretty traditional. People who grew up outside Pennsylvania think our red beet eggs are pretty strange (these are eggs pickled in unknown tasty red liquid), but that’s about it. Last year however, I hosted Thanksgiving and completely through all traditions out the window. I made corn fritters (yummm), and sweet potato balls that looked like huge orange cow patties covered in marshmallow (everyone agreed these were rather nasty … although my grandmother seemed to love them and filled her purse to the top with all the leftovers, they are probably still in her freezer now).

Maybe next year I’ll make something like these turkey cupcakes instead of sweat potato balls … at least if they don’t turn out, the kids will love looking at them (thanks to Brian Wallace for the pic):
corny turkey treats

Gobble gobble, looking forward to your responses! Also, don’t forget to check back tomorrow, we’ll reveal a lot more of each picture in our contest … and the prize will remain at $100 for the next week! :)

Best baby breakdancer?

This kid is easily the best baby breakdancer I’ve seen. OK, so he’s the only baby breakdancer I’ve seen, but still … my son is almost the same age and has trouble climbing onto the couch, so in comparison this kid is just amazing:

(if you can’t see the video, click here)

I had a late night at work, so I apologize if you’ve already seen this … I was a little lazy.

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