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June 5, 2005

Restaurant serves food in toilet bowls — and its customers can't get enough

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Would you pay to eat from a toilet?

Plenty of people in Kaohsiung, Taiwan do — so much so that restaurateur Eric Wang has opened a second toilet–centric restaurant — like the first, named Marton (Chinese for "toilet") — after his initial location became a runaway success.

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Here's Wally Santana's Friday Associated Press story, along with photos of the new establishment.

    Restaurant Offers Toilet Bowl Servings

    Taiwanese restaurateur Eric Wang has given new meaning to the traditional revelers' cry of bottoms up. His eatery in the southern city of Kaohsiung delivers its food not on conventional plates and dishes, but in miniaturized Western and Asian style toilets, both the flush and non-flush variety.

    For anyone missing the point, diners are encouraged to stir up mushy, earth-colored offerings like curry chicken rice and chocolate ice cream to conjure up — well, the real thing.

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    Located in a downtown area with a variety of competing eateries, Marton — the name means toilet in Chinese — attracts its customers through its dazzling bathroom decor.

    Walking in through an arched door, diners are greeted with a giant toilet bowl sitting between two urinals.

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    White ceramic toilet seats comfortably accommodate their bottoms, and urinals grace the walls.

    Giggling helplessly, high school student Chen Yi-lin gulps down a chocolate ice-cream sundae served in a miniature Asian-style squat toilet, and admits that she is smitten.

    "This is fun," she says.

    Wang, 26, opened the Marton last year after a roadside prototype — a stand offering toilet-shaped ice cream cones — achieved runaway success.

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    Now, he says, he has moved decisively upmarket.

    "Diners come and walk away with the special experience," he said.

    "Many try to create more fun, stirring up curry and rice so it looks exactly like when you forget to flush the toilet. Then they gulp it down."

    For all its scatological excess, the Marton is following in the noblest tradition of Taiwanese novelty restaurants.

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    Other successful ventures have purposely confined scores of contented diners to coffins or jail cells, or exposed them to full-scale pictures of Chinese dictator Mao Zedong, Taiwan's political nemesis until his death in 1976.

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PORT Lap Desk

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Kind of cool: a portable laptop desk with an cleverly designed mouse pad that flips out should you prefer to navigate that way.

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Non–slip, non–skid contact surfaces; the desk insulates you from the heat generated by your laptop and keeps your machine running cooler by providing a hot air outflow route.

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£18.95 ($34) here.

[via Jonathan Margolis and the Financial Times]

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National Cherry Festival — July 2–9, 2005 in Traverse City, Michigan

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It's one of the biggest and best of all the U.S. food festivals.

A celebration of the cherry is what it is.

Every July over 500,000 people from all over the planet come to Traverse City, known as the "Cherry Capital of the World," for all manner of things: music, rides, competitions, general craziness are but a few.

To get you in the right mindset while you count down the days there's Cherry Chat, a forum for you to exchange ideas, thoughts and what have you with other cherryphiles.

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Juicy.

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Flowers in a Can

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Shiny, happy people you will be once these begin to bloom.

Each set consists of two planting cans, flower seeds and soil.

The cans even have gardening tips on sunlight exposure, water volume, soil temperature, and germinating time.

Choose either Pansy + Dahlia or Geranium + Impatiens.

So now what's your excuse?

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$20 a set here.

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BuzzOff — Wearable Bug Protection

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It's the new new thing — clothing impregnated with the insecticide permethrin, which the EPA considers safe and effective when applied to fabrics.

Unlike DEET and other repellent ingredients which keep bugs at bay, permethrin stuns or kills them.

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The military uses BuzzOff gear.

The company says its clothing remains effective through 25 washings and is safe for children, though they shouldn't chew on the fabric.

BuzzOff gear is expensive: prices range from $18 for socks to over $100 for a pair of pants.

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But then, what's the cost of contracting West Nile virus?

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Hot Spot

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Measuring 11" on a side, this bright red silicone square can take temperatures of up to 675°F.

If it gets any hotter than that it's probably time to evacuate the premises.

Use it as a trivet or to remove things from the grill or oven; it's slip–resistant and flexible.

Dishwasher safe.

There are smaller (7" square) relatives available, in blue, yellow, green or orange.

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The large one's $16.95 and the small are $7.95 apiece.

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Hidden Munch Found

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It has been named "Girl and Three Men's Heads" (above) by gallery officials at Kunsthalle Museum in Bremen, Germany, where the discovery occurred.

Restorers there working on the museum's only Munch work, "The Dead Mother," found the new picture on a second canvas behind the one they were working on.

The newly revealed work, which had remained undetected for over 100 years, was termed "priceless" by museum officials.

Experts said that Munch painted it days before he painted the overlying picture, "The Dead Mother."

Barbara Niehoff, a German art historian, said the Norwegian painter may have stretched two canvases over the same frame simply because he didn't have another frame.

June 5, 2005 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Self–Examination Table

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From the people who brought you the Sanitary Chair comes this unique approach to taking control of your own health.

"Well Design has put you in charge of your own diagnosis with this self–examination desk."

They provide a book of charts for documenting your symptoms and an aluminum clipboard for organization.

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Just add internet.

"Browse the web for new ailments at this desk."

I like it.

"Get a professional diagnosis without the hassle of the doctor's office."

I like that even better.

Clearly they don't have me for a doctor.

No wonder they're so healthy.

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Order your table here.

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