I was in dire need for some cheering up and chancing upon this article put a smile on my face. How bizarre is it to encourage watching TV in public toilets? Why the need to make anyone “very, very happy” after going to the loo? And check out what some of the urinals look like. All this fuss just for a no.1 or no.2? Guess what? I found this on CNN! I kid you not. Full report below.
BEIJING, China (AP) — They’re flush with pride in Chongqing, where a recently opened porcelain palace features an Egyptian facade, soothing music and more than 1,000 toilets spread out over 30,000 square feet.
Officials in the southwestern Chinese city plan to ask Guinness World Records to have the free four-story public bathroom listed as the world’s largest, state-run China Central Television reported Friday.
“We are spreading toilet culture. People can listen to gentle music and watch TV,” said Lu Xiaoqing, an official with the Yangrenjie, or “Foreigners Street,” tourist area where the bathroom is. “After they use the bathroom they will be very, very happy.”
Some urinals are uniquely shaped, including ones inside open crocodile mouths and several topped by the bust of a woman resembling the Virgin Mary.
There are also plans to build a supermarket nearby, which will sell toilet-related items, CCTV reported.
(From left: Egytian front, sinks, urinals. Click for larger view.)
Bizarre isn’t it? What will they think of next?
Hope this lightens your day as it did mine.