March 1, 1991 |
Most wars have a defining slogan that fixes them in the collective memory of the nations that fight them: "Remember the Maine," Spanish-American War; "Remember Pearl Harbor," World War II. For the Persian Gulf War, the slogan should be "Remember the $600 toilet seat. " The overpriced toilet seat was the symbol in the 1980s for critics of the defense budget. Political cartoonist Herblock once drew former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger with a toilet seat hanging like an albatross around his neck.
April 24, 2014 |
AMAN WHO beat up his pregnant girlfriend in an argument about a toilet seat claimed to be the victim of a robbery when cops found him last weekend, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said. Now that man, Marley Aris, is facing charges of assault on an unborn child, aggravated assault and false identification to law-enforcement authorities for the alleged incident Saturday night. About 11:30 p.m., police received an anonymous call about a domestic disturbance at an apartment complex on Hampden Road near Ludlow Street in Upper Darby.
February 29, 2016
Take a trip to Japan and you're floored by the health-minded fastidiousness of the culture. Cab drivers wear white gloves, place lace doilies on the backseat head rests. Courteous cold sufferers hide behind a gauze mask to contain their germs. Hotel guests find slippers at their door (so please remove your dirty shoes). And most fascinating, when venturing into a hotel or even a public bathroom, visitors are greeted by an auto-washing toilet seat, most often bearing the Toto brand name Washlet, inviting you to enjoy a hands-free, paper-free, hyper-cleansing potty visit that's weird and wonderful at the same time.
March 10, 1999 |
Let's consider paper toilet-seat covers, derisively known as "lobster bibs," "bathroom bibs," "Texas T-shirts" and, for their unfortunate propensity to slide off the seat milliseconds before your ascension to the throne, "T.P. gliders. " They were probably invented about the same time somebody thought of really, really big key chains for gas station restroom keys, and they've endured to this day, perhaps because of maternal entreaties some of us heard as a child. "When I was a kid, my mother told me I should cover the seat when I use a public toilet, either with a seat cover or with toilet paper," said a 41-year-old man who requested anonymity.
July 14, 1989 |
The best seat in the house has suddenly become a rocking chair. Since it's the toilet, I know it's not supposed to rock. It has also started leaking a little bit around the base. What can I do to stop both of these problems? The leak was probably caused by the rocking. There is a wax ring or putty seal that makes the seal between the toilet bowl and the flange that's connected to the drain pipe. The rocking broke the seal. To put in a new wax ring, you must take up the toilet.
March 3, 1988 |
FIVE-YEAR OLD Sam Maugans thows a roll of toilet paper through a hanging toilet seat at a Winter Carnival at the Hallowell Elementary School in Horsham. Saturday's carnival was sponsored by the Hallowell Home and School Association.
June 16, 2000 |
You could say he committed a potty foul. His legs were submerged in tepid, urine-filled water. Lumps of fecal matter drifted daintily about his toes. And a toilet seat was wrapped snugly around his waist. A 50-year-old man got stuck in a portable toilet in a park at Welsh Road and Huntingdon Pike in Lower Moreland Township yesterday afternoon. He told officials that he had dropped his keys into the murky tank and stepped inside to retrieve them. The man even took his pants and shoes off before plunging in. After struggling to free himself, the luckless man cried out in despair.
March 5, 1994 |
AT A LOW, LOW $29.95, HOW COULD IT MISS? For every guy who needs help with his aim-and-shoot in the dark, here's Bryan J. Patrie to the rescue. The invention by the Stanford engineering student: a gadget to detect whether your toilet seat is up or down. If down, the seat emits an inviting green glow. If up, it sends a bull's eye pattern - in red - to the bottom of the bowl. "Red serves as a warning to women, but to men, it's a guiding light," explained Patrie, 30. Patrie calls the device "His & Her WaterColor Intelligent NightLight.
January 30, 2016
Q: I moved into an old house, and one of the bathrooms is original, I think - it's got some turquoise tile and a matching turquoise toilet. While I love the turquoise color, I can't figure out what color to paint the walls. Plus (and this part is kind of embarrassing), there's an old oak toilet seat with cracks and stains - its condition so unappealing that I haven't even used it yet. Where can I find a new seat to fit the old toilet? - E.E.K. A: It's so much fun to personalize your new space to make it feel like your own. Turquoise is a versatile color that is back in style, so you are ahead of the trends.
March 8, 2013 |
Roy Brown Jr., 96, the defiantly proud designer of the Edsel, the chrome-encrusted, big-grilled set of wheels that went down as one of the worst flops in automotive history, died Feb. 24 at a hospice in Ann Arbor, Mich. He had pneumonia and Parkinson's disease, his wife, Jeanne Brown, said. More than five decades after Mr. Brown's creation debuted and promptly vanished from dealerships across the United States, the term Edsel remains synonymous with failure. Among auto enthusiasts, however, the car generates deep nostalgia for a bygone era of American motoring.