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Thursday, July 15, 2004

I wanna go to Switzerland!

First off… I’m still reeling from some of the comments I got on yesterday’s post.

Very nice, people!

What started out as a perfectly pleasant ramble about coffee quickly turned into the on-line equivalent of a prison uprising, with some of you (you know who you are) trying to hold me down and turn me into pharmaceutical piggybank. Remind me not to turn my back on any of you!

Aaanyhooo... on to the topic of the day:

Just a short entry today to point out something that has grabbed my imagination. When you have finished reading, you will have one of two reactions:

1. How cool, I wanna go to Switzerland!

or

2. Lessee now…'Favorites'…'Blogs'… 'treppenwitz'… 'right click'… DELETE!

One of my daily online stops is Snopes, which is a clearinghouse for debunking urban legends and online scams of all kinds.

If you haven’t been there, you should at least bookmark the site so you can check the veracity of that offer from Bill Gates before forwarding it to everyone in your address book.

Anyway, here is a link I found on Snopes to a story that turned out to be true.

It’s about a public bathroom in the middle of a crowded street corner that is made entirely from one-way mirrored glass. This means that people on the street can’t see in, but the person doing his/her business on the inside feels as though everyone has a perfect view of the festivities!

Think about it for a second; The mirrored surface on the outside of the facilities might even attract people to apply make-up, adjust clothing, or remove flakes of pesto from between teeth… all within inches of the person inside the magic box!

This is sort of the safe fulfillment of that adolescent nightmare everyone seems to have had at one time or another... you know, the one where you show up for school in your underwear (please tell me I didn't just reveal myself to be the only one to have ever had that particular bad dream!). I'm sure the mental health profession will have a field day with this one!

I can’t explain why this has captured my imagination… but for those of you who have just now decided that this will be your last trip to treppenwitz… It’s been fun!

Posted by David Bogner on July 15, 2004 | Permalink

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What happened to your "nut" post? It seems to have disappeared..and it was a good one!

Posted by: Dave | Jul 15, 2004 1:01:28 PM

Sorry about the 'Nut' post...that was scheduled to go up Friday, but I confused the date and accidentally scheduled two different posts to go up today (yes folks, some of the content here at treppenwitz is [gasp] written days in advance!).

Stop back in the morning for that one.

Posted by: David | Jul 15, 2004 1:12:55 PM

I actually saw one of those on some 20/20-ish type show. They were having people try it out. Soooo cool, but the people inside - were definetly having some comfortability issues. Being able to watch people walk by as you ... well you know... led some to performance anxiety.

Posted by: lisa | Jul 15, 2004 3:42:01 PM

LOL! That was funny.

Don't worry, you're not the only one to have had that dream, though for me the more common one is that I've forgotten that I registered for a Hebrew Grammar class in college and never went to class and missed all the work . . . and then I wake up and have to remind myself that I did in fact pass that class and got my diploma, and college is over now . . .

Posted by: Sarah | Jul 15, 2004 11:38:18 PM

I love Snopes. I actually initiated one of their articles--the one about the chips that go into your right hand or forehead. I forwarded a crazy powerpoint presentation that I got (from my well-meaning but gullible mom), and forwarded it on to Snopes saying "This has got to be fake, and you are just the ones to prove it." They did, and posted it! I felt so proud that day I busted my buttons.

Posted by: Jim | Jul 16, 2004 1:08:18 AM

I think I would suffer from "performance anxiety."
Yes, women can get it too.

Posted by: Lisa | Jul 16, 2004 1:36:43 AM

I agree with Lisa- it's distracting enough when someone walks into the bathroom. I cannot imagine having a one-way view into the world.

I love Snopes, btw. :)

Posted by: Lachlan | Jul 16, 2004 11:21:23 PM

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