Thursday, August 28, 2008

A Good Year for Sunflowers OR Stop Men from Peeing on the Floor

OK. So I'm working VERY diligently on the Mercantile Resource page, where readers can go for all sorts of information - everything from why Fair Trade is a good thing to options for menstrual products. One of my favorite categories is "Who Can You Trust." As I was making my list of magazines I like a lot I went to Good Magazine and stumbled upon this article:

Tricking People into Doing the Right Thing
Hey! I thought. I would LOVE to trick people into doing the right thing (or, at least, what I consider is the right thing). I did not find much useful information, but should you ever need to stop men from peeing on the floor, here is what you need to know:

"Authorities at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam have etched the image of a black housefly into each urinal. It seems that men usually do not pay much attention to where they aim, which can create a bit of a mess. But if you give them a target, they can’t help but try to hit it. Similar designs have been implemented in urinals around the world, including mini soccer goals, bulls-eyes, and urine video games (seriously). Do they work? Since the bugs were etched into the airport urinals, spillage has decreased by 80 percent."


In other non-urinary news, it has been a dismal year for tomatoes (at least in the Milkweed garden) but an EXCELLENT year for sunflowers. These two, right in my tomato bed (did not have the heart to pull them up) are at least 15 feet tall. Yowsa!

PS That's the back of the Mercantile in the background. More tomorrow, I promise!


1 comment:

Mother Earth said...

my dear if you'd care to hyperlink us to the mercantile we can perhaps check in on your progress.

having all those resources in one place will be awesome

The target premise for peeing could not ring more true

my son liked to write his name - don't get me started