Happy World Plumbing Day!

This morning when you woke up, did you take a shower?  If so, thank a plumber!  Is the water coming out of your sink free from rust? If so, thank a plumber! If your toilet flushes, your pipes aren't leaking, and the sprinklers are still sprinkling, you can thank a plumber! Go ahead, find your favorite plumber, give 'em a kiss and wish them a Happy World Plumbing Day 2011!

Though we rely on indoor plumbing everyday, most of us seldom give it a second thought. The sophisticated system of watersheds, pipes, sewers and wastewater treatment plants that bring water to and from our homes are mostly out of sight, and so, too, out of mind. World Plumbing Day is about reminding us just how important the often maligned plumber truly is.

Still don't believe me? Check out this sculpture by David Smythe from DS Plumbing. It's a human composed entirely of pipes and pumps that shows us just what happens when broken plumbing leads to dirty drinking water.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mh1ypHZvoqs

A happy and healthy World Plumbing Day to all, and peaceful pooping,

Shawn "The Puru" Shafner

World Toilet Day in NYC

Like a march on Washington, only different...

Celebrate sanitation at World Toilet Day on Friday, November 19th in New York City!

The POOP Project invites you to join us in one of the many World Toilet Day events happening around the world, featuring an interactive evening honoring the miracle of modern sanitation while remembering that 40% of the world still lives without it.

Why toilets?

While not everybody needs the standard porcelain fixture we're familiar with in the West, everyone needs a safe, sanitary place to put their poo.  The 2.6 billion people around the world without toilets wind up doing their business in fields, alleys and local waterways--which means poop winds its way back onto people, leading to a host of illnesses including cholera, giardia, typhoid and plain ol' diarrhea--which kills one child in the developing world every 15 seconds.

Even though sanitation kills more people than tuberculosis, malaria and HIV combined, it gets far less press because the toilet is taboo.  Which is why we're asking people to come out of the water closet and come on down to celebrate the plumbing that makes our lives possible.

World Toilet Day New York

Come Home Sweet Home to drink dirty martinis, give a "commode confessional", and check out authentic "flying toilets."  Write your thoughts on a stall wall, submit a secret to our privy chamber pot, and take a picture of your poo face in prep for The Big Squat--a minute of thigh-straining solidarity with the toiletless.

Shawn "The Poop Guru" Shafner and Josh Sitron will be your hosts for the evening, with sounds, stories, and unmentionables provided by Moth storyteller and comedian Sara Barron along with word mavens Amy Carrigan, Adam Laupus and Lisa Lewis, singer-songwriters Avi Fox-Rosen, Megan Gerlach, Ben Lerman, Brian Carter, and Hilary Schwartz PLUS buxom burlesque beauty Minnie Tonka and much more!

WHERE: Home Sweet Home, 131 Chrystie Street, New York, NY DATE/TIME: Friday, Nov. 19, 2010.  7:30 pm Doors, 8:30 pm Performances, 9:45 pm Big Squat, 10:00 pm Closing TICKETS: $15.00 tickets online, $18.00 at the door.  Limited supply $3 drink tickets good for draft beer and well drinks.

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All proceeds benefit The People's Own Organic Power Project (The POOP Project) in their mission to creative poop-positive spaces that spur creative thinking towards sustainable sanitation solutions for all.

(Porta-potty photo by AnyaLogic, licensed under Creative Commons. Big Squat banner property of the World Toilet Organization.)