Saturday, August 28, 2010

John Lennon Toilet Sold

The toilet belonging to Beatles legend John Lennon was sold at an auction in Liverpool on Saturday for 9,500 pounds (15,000 dollars, 12,000 euros) -- nearly 10 times its guide price, organisers said.

Lennon used the porcelain lavatory, which is painted with blue flowers and a blue border at the rim and at the base, when he lived at Tittenhurst Park in Berkshire, southeast England, from 1969 to 1972.

The toilet was removed when the house was being refurbished, and Lennon suggested the builder, John Hancock, take it home and "put some flowers in it".

Instead, the builder carefully stored it in a garden shed, where it remained for 40 years until he died, and his son-in-law put it up for sale.

At the auction at the 33rd annual Beatles Convention in Liverpool, the toilet was expected to fetch about 1,000 pounds.

"It is unbelievable," said auction organiser Stephen Bailey after it sold for almost 10 times that. "We had bids coming in from all over the place but it went to a private overseas buyer."

- It is incredible. We had quotes from all different directions, but eventually sold it to a private foreign buyers, said auction organizer Stephen Bailey told the BBC.

That's one nice toilet. Better take better care of mine. ;-)


Did you see the British movie Trainspotting that came out in the late 90s. If you did, I'm sure you'll remember the scene pictured below.

I loved Trainspotting....and specially this scene when Ewan McGregor goes diving down a toilet into a dream scene, and then comes back up gasping for air. The soundtrack for Trainspotting is one of the best soundtracks in the history of film.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Shit Box

Someone somewhere came up with the bright idea of making a business out this invention. We used to use this in the military when they decided that shitting in the pit was not hygienic. Not sure if we used to call it the shit box or what but it sure was useful.

"The Brown Corporation" as they are cleverly called, says that this is a "lightweight portable toilet. The box pops up from a convenient flat pack to a rigid, reusable toilet. Each box comes with degradable poo bags, so you can use again, and again, and again...."

Where to use it? How about festivals, camping, road trips, hunting, fishing, etc.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

No Lotronox

So I tried getting Lotronox for my IBS, the best medication available for people sufferering from IBS-D. NO, said my doctor. I did know that Lotronox has only been approved for women because that was the group they only did tests on. If a drug is only tested on one gender, that is the gender that FDA will approve the drug for. That doesn't mean it's useless for men. Many men have tried it and have had success with treating their IBS. Several doctors are now starting to prescribe it to men, even though that is against recommendations. Unfortunately, my doctor is not one of those forward thinkers.

Even though I've had IBS for 15 years now, my doctor still comes up with clueless solutions such as "eh, how about trying adding more fiber to your diet?". What a bunch of bullocks. He obviously hasn't listened to when I told him what my diet consists of and that I've tried fiber supplements multiple times before.

Then he goes...."you just have to learn to live with it". Yeah right....what do you think I've done the last 15 years.

Anyway, I got this doctor because I tried to save some money on my health insurance. Not worth it. Going back to my old insurance and my old doctor who had some more foresight.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Exploring IBS medications

As some of you regular readers might know, I sometimes break the fun with some seriousness in this blog. I suffer with Irritable Bowel Syndroms, commonly known as IBS. If you read the earlier posts I've made about my IBS you'd see that I've tried pretty much everything under the sun to get rid of this annoying and life altering condition. Nothing has worked. Two medications have made it somewhat better, which is Imodium and Lomotil. They don't cure.....they ease the symptoms.

I have yet another medication to put down on not working: anti-anxiety and anti-depressants medically referred to as TCA's (tricyclic) and SSRI's (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). I've tried two different SSRIs and one TCA and no IBS improvement. I can say that the TCA did improve my mental well-being a little but no improvement of my IBS symptoms yet. I say yet because I'm still taking it in hopes of it starting to relieve my symptoms soon.

So what's next? Who knows. There's a lot of experimentation and research in this area now as IBS is starting to become a public pain for the masses.

I'm crossing my fingers. :-)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Obama Toilet Paper

Here's something for you who don't care much for the current U.S. president, Barack Obama:

Not sure where to buy this roll of Obama toilet paper though.....anyone seen it in the stores?

Friday, August 6, 2010

iPod Toilet Stand

Do you think Steve Jobs has one of these in his bathroom? Maybe this is something for the Apple Stores: