What’s next, no oysters? No sir—they’re alive! No more salmon roe—think of all those unborn salmon you're smearing on your toast and dotting on your blini! All the good salmon deeds that will remain undone! All that emotional life of the unborn chickens! Gone! Delicately poached and nestled on frissée!*
What's next? Now, the killjoys have declared a fatwa on mouth-shaped urinals. At a McDonalds. In Holland no less.
Netherlands — A McDonald's fast-food outlet in the south east of the Netherlands has agreed to remove urinals that are shaped like wide-open red lips.
The decision was taken after a shocked American customer complained to the McDonald's head office in the US.
Owner Giel Pijper said on Wednesday that the bright red, mouth-shaped urinals, named 'Kisses', are works of art. But a different view is taken of them in America. The urinals are being removed and will be sold off. "I'm not going to harp on about a pair of urinals," he said.
They are the work of Dutch woman Meike van Schijndel. She is the designer at the Utrecht-based firm Bathroom Mania! Speaking to Expatica in 2004, she said the urinals were designed as a fun cartoon mouth and not as a woman's mouth.
She stressed that the idea her urinals represented a man peeing into a woman's mouth never occurred to her, nor to many men and women she had spoken to. Her company was inundated with orders after the Virgin Airlines controversy, Van Schijndel said.
Best of all, the caption for the picture above read as follows: "Degrading to women or toilet cartoon fun?" Why does it always have to be one or the other? I am not a ceramicist, but perhaps an alternative that would smooth ruffled feathers would be urinals shaped like geese with gavage funnels in place. Just trying to help. (Thanks to the keen-eyed Slobra for the tip.)