May 23, 2014 |
NOT EVERYTHING was demolished when the Metrodome in Minneapolis was imploded in February to make room for a new stadium scheduled to open in 2016. Among the items that were salvaged and put up for sale were seats, squares of game-used turf, pieces of the fiberglass fabric roof, and urinal troughs. That's right - troughs. Begins with "T" and once full of "P. " The urinals, which varied in length from 8 to 12 feet, were auctioned by K-bid.com, which posted the following description: "Stainless Steel Trough from Metrodome Restrooms.
December 2, 2013 |
Information is like turkey and stuffing. It's hard to tell when you've had enough. And the more you get, the more you want. At least that's how I feel. I'm bad at portion control, whether it's Thanksgiving dinner or information. Obviously, I don't believe there's such a thing as too much information. If you read this column, you know about my bunions, fleas, cellulite, and Mother Mary. One of these is to be avoided at all costs. Not the one you think. FYI, I love information.
September 17, 2013 |
FOR YEARS, neighbors of the New 3rd World Lounge in West Philly have been pissed off over what they call the "pee pipe," a PVC pipe that protrudes from the bar's second story and drips what they thought was urine to the sidewalk. But during a recent tour of the bar, owner Noel Karasanyi proved that the pipe is a drain for three air-conditioning units in a cluttered room on the second floor. "How in your right mind do you concoct something like that?," Karasanyi said. "We are not animals here.
September 16, 2013 |
A 35-year-old handyman had been working all day, installing tiles in a house, despite feeling under the weather. A low-grade fever was giving him chills, and his stomach was bothering him, but he powered through until about 4 p.m. when his symptoms worsened radically. He found a bathroom and tried to urinate, but the attempt produced only a searing pain in his groin. By the time he found his way to the emergency department, he was drenched in sweat and doubled over with pain in his lower abdomen.
July 12, 2013 |
MONT-SAINT-MICHEL, France - Mark Cavendish believes a roadside spectator sprayed him with urine during the Tour de France time trial yesterday, his team manager said. Patrick Lefevere of Omega Pharma-Quick Step said it may have been linked to anger among some fans who claimed - unfairly in his view - that Cavendish intentionally bumped into Dutch rider Tom Veelers and caused him to crash in the final sprint a day earlier. "[Cavendish] explained to the other guys in the bus that the public was not very fair with him, and then somebody put some urine on him," Lefevere said after the 11th stage.
May 19, 2013 |
WE KNEW the city controller's race was a pissing match. But wow. Supporters of City Controller Alan Butkovitz, who is seeking a third term in Tuesday's Democratic primary election, are up in arms about a tweet from challenger Brett Mandel on Thursday. Mandel's tweet said: "#aimhigher - @PhillyInqurier endorsement of my candidacy. Also advice I gave my son in the NE High School bathroom!" The tweet included a picture of Mandel's young son, from behind, as he struggled to use a high trough-style urinal at Northeast High School during a football game last fall.
March 23, 2013 |
I don't know what I'd do without Joe Ponessa, the Rutgers professor emeritus who, time after time, for as long as I have been writing this column, has stepped in to bail me out of my ignorance. This time, it's about cat urine, an issue that a reader asked about a few weeks back. Cat urine is an especially difficult contaminant to deal with, especially if it's a long-term problem, he says. While Ponessa is not sure anything would fully eliminate odors from long-term staining, there are a couple of easy things he suggests trying before resorting to some kind of coating.
December 6, 2012 |
A Bucks County pilot arrested last week for firing his gun into neighboring apartments while high on heroin was not required to submit to routine drug tests before getting behind the controls of company planes, according to Federal Aviation Administration guidelines. Justin Levitt, 29, a contract pilot for the Paoli-based aircraft vendor DCS Aviation, told police he had been addicted to opiates including Oxycodone and heroin for more than a year. At the time of his arrest Friday, he was still using, but hoped to wean himself off the drugs, and routinely carried three vials of clean urine in his flight bag in case a test came up, he purportedly told police.
October 5, 2012
Q: I have a really strange problem. The guy I'm seeing wets the bed. Not every night, but it happens enough that I'm concerned. The first time, I thought it was because he'd been drinking heavily, but it happens even on nights when he hasn't had a single drink. No matter how much I've tried to clean up, I always smell urine in his room. I've thought about breaking up with him, but he's a good man in so many other ways. Not sure what to do . . . Mia: Before you invest in a box of adult-size diapers and an industrial strength air freshener, get your boyfriend in to see a doctor.
July 26, 2012 |
A WILMINGTON MAN fell to his death from a bridge while urinating because a railroad company failed to provide portable toilets for its workers, according to two federal lawsuits filed by relatives. Bernard Burrows, 58, had been a bridge mechanic for 38 years with CSX Transportation, which has offices in Grays Ferry, when he fell to his death on Sept. 19, 2011. According to two lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia — one filed by Burrows' wife, the other by his son — Burrows and other men were working to repair rail and ties on a bridge over an island on the Susquehanna River between Havre de Grace and Perryville, Md., but no portable toilets were provided.