a 19th century Mamluk family mansion in Islamic Cairo.sinktoilet (?)
[photos taken October 2005]
Unofficial iToilet modStep 2: Open it up and remove innards.Step 3: Throw the unwanted parts in the bin.Step 4: Load with Charmin Ultra and replace cover.
Author: Geoff Richards
Published: 10th June 2005
In what die-hard Macbashers would claim is the first genuinely constructive use of Apple hardware in year, French bloggers at www.w3sh.com have posted an innovative mod they call the iToilet. Taking full advantage of the Mac Mini's compact dimensions and white exterior, they modded the diminutive OSX box into a toilet paper dispenser.
The project is bound to get a rise out of Apple fans and new converts alike, many of whom are part of the growing group of people enchanted by Cupertino's design ethic: attracted to the brand by the venerable iPod range, they reportedly have been buying Mac Mini's in order to have something to plug their iPods into and use iTunes.
Having been bitten by the bug, they then get an iBook or Powerbook to take travelling, an Mini iPod for jogging since their 30Gb iPod is too big, and maybe even a G5 desktop system to replace their PC.
Considering just how flush (sic) with cash these people seem to be, this project should be right up their street!
If, like me, you can't read French, here is a paraphrase of the project in English:
Step 1: Find yourself a Mac Mini.
Of course, you could happily install a wad of Kleenex and use it as a tissue dispenser: it might come in handy for when Apple announce their new dual-core Intel Pentium M Powerbooks.
Home renovators looking to bring life to the smallest room in their home now have the chance -- with a toilet that doubles as an aquarium.
The Fish 'n Flush is a clear two-piece toilet tank that replaces a standard toilet tank, with a see-through aquarium wrapping itself around a conventional toilet tank.
"We wanted to develop a product that had a dual purpose - to serve as a proper, fully functional toilet and also as a source of entertainment and conversation," said Devon Niccole, marketing director of California-based designer AquaOne Technologies Inc. which has just started to selling the tank.
He said the company, which specializes in water conservation equipment for home appliance, had worked with a marine biologist to design a tank that ensured the fish were not harmed when the toilet was flushed.
The aquarium toilet tank, which sells for $299, fits most toilets with the 2.2-gallon aquarium piece able to be easily removed for cleaning. The toilet tank itself holds 2.5 gallons which gives sufficient pressure for flushing.
"Some people think we're nuts but other just love it and parents are using it to help their children with potty training. One thing you can guarantee is that people will be talking about it after seeing it in your home," said Niccole.
Urinal thief comes clean
A British man caught on camera stealing a urinal from a pub gave himself up to police after media reports of his antics attracted global attention, detectives said Tuesday.
The 42-year-old man carefully removed the toilet from the bathrooms of the Royal Oak Pub in Southampton, on the English south coast, stuffed it into a rucksack and walked out.
Last week officers released photos of the bizarre theft, which was captured on closed circuit television, and reports of the crime appeared around the world from as far afield as India, Australia and China, Hampshire Police said.
The man handed himself and the urinal over to police, saying he had taken it as a "souvenir."
Detectives decided to let him off with an "official caution" after interviewing him.
THE GOOD NAPKINS
..ahhhhh...the joys of having girls...
My mother taught me to read when I was four years old (her first mistake).
One day, I was in the bathroom and noticed one of the cabinet doors was ajar.
I read the box in the cabinet. I then asked my mother why she was keeping 'napkins' in the bathroom. Didn't they belong in the kitchen? Not wanting to burden me with unnecessary facts, she told me that those were for "special occasions" (her second mistake).
Now fast forward a few months....
It's Thanksgiving Day, and my folks are leaving to pick up my uncle and his wife for dinner. Mom had assignments for all of us while they were gone. Mine was to set the table.
When they returned, my uncle came in first and immediately burst into laughter. Next came his wife who gasped, then began giggling. Next came my father, who roared with laughter. Then came Mom, who almost died of embarrassment when she saw each place setting on the table with a "special occasion" Kotex napkin at each plate, with the fork carefully arranged on top.
My mother asked me why I used these and, of course, my response sent the other adults into further fits of laughter.
"But, Mom, you said they were for special occasions!!!"
Isn't it easier to just tell the truth?????????
Police hunt pub urinal thief
British police said Friday they were hunting a man who stole a urinal from a pub toilet.
The suspect walked into the Royal Oak pub in Southampton, on the English south coast, ordered half a pint of beer and then made several visits to the men's toilet.
There he carefully removed a white urinal from the wall, stuffed it into a rucksack and was captured on closed circuit television walking out with the bulging sack on his back.
"He made a very, very expert job of dismantling it from the wall and turning the water off. A very professional job," landlord Alan Dreja said in a video posted on the Southampton Daily Echo newspaper's Web site.
A police spokesman said the thief may have been a tradesman.
"One of the theories is the guy is some sort of cut-price plumber who is going round and stealing parts to order," he said.