Archive for January 28th, 2008

Toilet Museum Moving to Watertown



WATERTOWN – The newest addition to Pleasant Street certainly doesn’t stink.

What was once a tourist attraction in Worcester is now heading through the pipelines to Watertown. The American Sanitary Plumbing Museum, aka “the toilet museum,” is moving to the West End with a promise to “bowl” people over.

The largest plumbing contractor in New England, J.C. Cannistraro LLC, has inherited the collection. It plans to expand the museum at the company’s headquarters on Rosedale Road, off the Pleasant Street corridor. The museum will be relocated to a 150-year-old former icehouse located on the property.

John Cannistraro Jr., president of J.C. Cannistraro LLC, said the
visitors in Watertown can expect an expanded display of the collection
— antique commodes, wooden pipes, water heaters, chain-pull toilets and
ornate porcelain thrones dating back to the early 19th century —
portraying a “progression of the industry” from the 1700s through today.

from the Watertown Tab

The Dowbrigade has a long-standing interest in toilets in general and urinals in particular, and so the news that a world-class collection is moving to our own town has filled us with excitement and civic pride. We can’t wait to call our brother-in-law in Flushing, NY to crow.

In fact, we have documented several possible additions to this valuable collection, including the candy-apple red open-mouthed urinal and the anti-drunk driving talking urinal from New Mexico. We definitely will have to give Mr. Cannistraro a call…..

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Tantric Master Creates Giant Slushie



NEW YORK (AP) — A man who calls himself a tantric master broke his own world record by standing engulfed in ice for 72 minutes.

Wim Hof, 48, stood on a Manhattan street in a clear container filled with ice for an hour and 12 minutes Saturday.

Hof said he survives by controlling his body temperature through tantric meditation. Tantra is an Eastern tradition of ritual and meditation said to bring followers closer to their chosen deities.

Hof set the world record for full body ice contact endurance in 2004, when he immersed himself in ice for an hour and eight minutes.

Hof’s feat kicked off BRAINWAVE, a five-month series of events in New York exploring how art, music, and meditation affect the brain.

from AP

Not well, apparently…..

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