Gee Whiz: Do NOT Stop to Smell the Roses!

Gay Guy,

Following up on last week's post about the intimidating urinals in New Zealand, I'm going to start a new series for the blog called "Gee Whiz."

No one asked for this, but here they come.

The photo is of a custom urinal by California artist Clark Sorenson, who can craft them in the form of about 20 different flowers. I know you are partial to orchids, GG, and he features everything from Jack-in-the-Pulpit, to the Pink Lady Slipper. (I would have assumed that those were raunchy euphemisms, but apparently, they are actual flowers -- and now, urinals.)

They are not cheap, running about $8,000 each. Here they are installed at a garden center in England (link):


I vote no. I prefer not to drop trou in front of an apparatus that reminds me of the giant carnivorous plant from Little Shop of Horrors.

What do you think, Readers? Funny? Disrespectful? Intimidating?

--Straight Guy

9 comments:

straight in upstate said...

Your new series reminds me of this: http://dailypisspot.wordpress.com
In 2009, a friend resolved to take, and post, one picture a day of someplace he peed. As he stated, "It's about the pot, not the piss" - fetishists need not click. So there are 365 photos of toilets and urinals - some repeats, but K-D- also spent three months in Scotland so a lot of European urinals as well.

Platinum weddings. Keeping your cat alive at all costs. $8K for a urinal. All cries for help and signs that someone else needs to make money decisions for you. (advance apologies to the cat lovers.)

Oddyoddyo13 said...

I can't imagine a guy going to the bathroom in one of those....or women for that matter.

WannabeVirginia W. said...

You know, I am female and I actually like this. It give me a new sense of curiosity for the men's washroom!!

Maria said...

I showed this to my husband, and he said it would make him feel like a hummingbird.

kathryn said...

Hilarious. I can't believe you guys actually pee in these things.

How can you be so insensitive???

Just kidding. But you have to admit...it's a shame to waste it all on....well, GUYS.

Straight in Upstate said...

I don't know, many of those look like they're designed to accommodate women - are female urinals a "thing" now??? Some of the flowers are too flat - there's a reason for the "vertical bowl" shape of traditional urinals = minimize splashing. I know, ladies, TMI.

SteveA said...

$8k a pop!? I like it - it's got some class to it - and it's artistic - even for a toilet!

Dorn said...

I don't know SG, if you take a look at the "Jack in the Pulpit," it's a thinly veiled euphemism even for the name of a flower.

Straight Guy said...

Upstate: Liked the blog, but to be honest, there's no way that I visit even 50 different restrooms over the course of a year. And I travel, too. I'm not phobic or anything, but Mrs. Straight Guy refers to me as "The Camel."

Oddy: Yeah, I'd just feel guilty.

Wannabe: Don't get your hopes up. Most of the men's rooms in the world are pretty soul crushing.

Maria: Welcome to GG/SG.

Kathryn: I agree that the effort here is wasted. Fell free to try one out.

Steve: Maybe you can take up a collection at your office...

Dorn: Oh yeah. Flowers are filthy, sex-crazed organisms.

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