Archives for the month of: February, 2014

Potty lid

In a perfect world everyone could read the eye chart and follow directions. PLEASE!

Toilet Paper Tree

Wouldn’t your preschooler have fun with this toilet paper holder tree?

College Fund

Did you know your bathroom contains a hidden college fund?  These cardboard rolls appear to actually be a real commodity!


So, if you can’t beat’em… or is it, why not apply reverse psychology?

Did you know that “bathroom” is American speak and our Canadian neighbors prefer “washroom”. It seems to me that North Americans unlike much of the rest of the world tend to avoid the word “toilet” all together.  Correct me if I am wrong, please.

In few days we’ll be leaving behind Dónde está el baño? and will be visiting Australia.  We self-educated ourselves on a very important detail. Lesson learned: if a bath or shower is not needed, ask for the toilet, restroom, loo, john, dunny or thunderbox.  However toilet or loo they say is most preferred in more polite society. 


What’s in a name?  Roto-Rooter lists 101, and please, let’s not talk about what’s in this name.

1 Banheiro

2 Banjoja

3 Bañu

4 Bean-Jacks

5 Big White Phone

6 Biffy

7 Bog

8 Bowl

9 Can

10 Cesso

11 Cèsuŏ

12 Chamber Pot

13 Chiottes

14 Choo

15 Chunder Box

16 Cloakroom

17 Coalfabias

18 Comfort Room

19 Comfort Station

20 Commode

21 Convenience

22 Cloakroom

23 CR

24 Crapper

25 Crane

26 The Dunny

27 Dunnekin

28 El Baño

29 Facilities

30 Forakers

31 Gabinetto

32 Garderobe

33 Gardyloo

34 God  of Abraham

35 Head

36 Hopper

37 House of Ease

38 House of Office

39 Huuschen

40 Il Bagno

41 Jakes

42 Jax

43 Jericho

44 Jerry

45 John

46 Johnny House

47 Karsy

48 Kamot

49 Khazi

50 Latrine

51 Lav

52 Lavatory

53 Lavvy

54 Little Boys Room

55 Little Girls Room

56 London

57 Loo

58 Long Drop

59 Necessarium

60 Necessary

61 Netty

62 Outhouse

63 Oval  Office

64 Pan

65 Porcelain Throne

66 Porcelain God

67 Po

68 Pool

69 Pot

70 Potty

71 Powder room

72 Place of easement

73 Privy

74 Reading Room

75 Restroom

76 El Retrete

77 Sanitarios

78 Seat

79 Los Servicios

80 Small house

81 Stool

82 S̄uk̄hā

83 Swanie

84 Thunder Mug

85 Thunder Box

86 Toilet

87 Toilette

88 Tualet

89 The Bogs

90 The Gents

91 The Ladies

92 The Office

93 The Smallest Room

94 Throne

95 Throne Room

96 Toire

97 The Vin

98 W.C.

99 Wash room

100 Water Closet

101 White Hart Room

Surely you can help us add to the list.


Boy with Walkman

The first Sony Walkman turns 35 this year and for kids of today the Walkman is shelved somewhere with dinosaur bones.  We do need to credit the Walkman for changing the way people would experience music; allowing them to carry music with them and listen through lightweight headphones.

Sony tapes

For those of you not around in the 80’s, the Walkman was one of the first truly mass-market personal consumer electronics and you “just had to have one!”  Plus you needed stacks of Sony cassettes loaded your favorite tunes. Cassettes, by the way are the items displayed in the girls hand. With these cassettes you could buy your favorite music loaded on them, but best ever was you were able to record your own. If you care to learn more technical info pop over here: How Tape Recorders Work.

Now music on the move had arrived. They were pocket sized devices for folks with over sized pocketbooks. The price tag at the time was around $300.00.  That was a lot of allowance money.

Pictured at the top of the page is Scott Campbell who a few years back swapped his iPod for a Walkman for a week.  BBC News Magazine did a piece on his reaction. Scott’s reaction and accounting may surprise you, or maybe not.

Portable radio

Can you even imagine a time before the Walkman that this was music on the move: a portable radio?