Memories of Guelph: Don’t kiss toilets

Guest barfblogger Don Schaffner sent Doug and I the below picture from one of his favorite blogs,  blame it on the voices. The picture, likely staged, reminded me of something similar I had seen before my food safety geekdom. 

During my first couple of years of university, I used to go to Retro Wednesdays at the Trasheteria, an-aptly named bar next to Sun-Sun’s in downtown Guelph. There wasn’t any Journey or Foreigner played — it was early nineties retro with the Beastie Boys and Rob Base, with some Nine Inch Nails mixed in.  Pretty much the same stuff I still listen too.

One of those Wednesday nights, I hit the restroom and saw what I think was a lipstick mark, akin to the Rolling Stones logo, on the lip of the toilet. I returned to my table and sent a couple of my friends in to confirm.  I hadn’t really thought of it until Don sent the pic, but maybe we need a "Don’t kiss toilets" website.

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About Ben Chapman

Dr. Ben Chapman is a professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University. As a teenager, a Saturday afternoon viewing of the classic cable movie, Outbreak, sparked his interest in pathogens and public health. With the goal of less foodborne illness, his group designs, implements, and evaluates food safety strategies, messages, and media from farm-to-fork. Through reality-based research, Chapman investigates behaviors and creates interventions aimed at amateur and professional food handlers, managers, and organizational decision-makers; the gate keepers of safe food. Ben co-hosts a biweekly podcast called Food Safety Talk and tries to further engage folks online through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and, maybe not surprisingly, Pinterest. Follow on Twitter @benjaminchapman.