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16 September 2008

Urination is Absurd

"Never get into a pissing contest with a skunk."
- J. K. Lilly, President, Eli Lilly & Company

I guess he knows?

For me, I would have gone with, "never get into a pissing contest with a fox". Follow the link to be reminded why.

In fairness, urination is not really that absurd. It is a usual part of our day, or if you are Grandpa Gus with the enlarged prostate, a useful part of your week. Urine expels toxins from our body and gives us (Caballeros anyway) a useful way to sign our name in the snow AND to mark our trees to ward off interlopers.

But urine has it's limits too. What, no disagreement?

Many, many moons ago I was in Chicago on business. I was in early so I decided to go downtown and soak up some Windy City culture. Their modern art museum seemed like a decent place to start. An 'artist' was on display showing his latest collection of 'masterpieces'...and how lucky that he was there to sign autographs and shake hands with his fans! Well, his crowning achievements were photographs of fluids. Yep. Fluids. All kinds too. The two that stuck out were a close up a commode full of foaming, yellow urine and another that was pure white (coincidentally, just like the wall behind the frame painted by a crew making $5 bucks an hour) and entitled: milk. What? I looked for the Candid Camera guy. And then after being duly offended - and ripped off - I cruised, without shaking the artist's hand thankyouverymuch.

So, yes, urine has its limits. I wonder if Eli Lilly & Company has any drugs to erase my memory of that very absurd urine memory?

Speaking of medicine, be sure to hop aboard the Absurdity Bus for our next stop when we visit the Absurdity of Medicine! Be sure to tell your friends...


Debbie Yost said...

Hmm, if I really want to look at an unflushed camode, I'll go to the girls restroom. They often forget to flush. Sometimes you even get a bonus. I'm telling you, I never would believe a little girl was capable of that!

Kat Wilder said...

Hey, a few years ago in San Francisco, there was an exhibit that included paintings of ... excrement. I think one was called "Bowel No. 3."

So .... it could always be worse ...

Michael M. said...

Ah the joys of parenthood Debbie!

Michael M. said...

Kat, one person's trash is another person's treasure I guess.

I had one of Ethan's diaper's the other day that could have been a showpiece in that exhibit!