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Bizarre Plumbing: The Rich are Flushing Away Gold?

Have you ever been sitting on your toilet and found yourself wondering how the whole experience could just be that little more glamorous? Some New York designers have come up with a way to make ordinary plumbing as fabulous as possible but don’t expect to see any toilets like this in Sydney anytime soon.


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It’s be fair to say that for most of us going to the toilet is just a necessary daily task. You can’t exactly not go, can you? But to two New York-based designers the whole going-to-the-toilet process clearly needed to be updated to fit the rich society where food can come with gold leaf sprinkled across it. They created some golden pills.

Tobias Wong and Ken Courtney (also known as Ju$t Another Rich Kid) were commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art to create a series of pieces in 2005. They came up with ‘INDULGENCE’, the concept of what the rich kid who has everything needs. The golden pills are swallowed and when they come out the other end, the gold leaf that’s inside means that your toilet bowl and bowel movement is the sparkliest and most ostentatious there is.

The pills have recently had a resurgence, being sold online to whoever wants to have a golden bowel movement. If you’re thinking of trying one out yourself, you’ll need a spare $425 US for the privilege. And that’s before postage. You’re probably better off just sprinkling some glitter in your toilet before you flush if you really want that effect.

The weirdness of plumbing doesn’t just revolve around magic pills, take a look at Puzzling Plumbing: Totally Unusual and Unique Urinals from Around the World to see more plumbing madness.

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Geoff James
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Geoff grew up in Berala near Lidcombe in Sydney and attended Birrong Boys High School where he finished his Year 10 school certificate. Geoff was encouraged by his uncle to consider plumbing as he had done a bit of plumbing work on weekends during his school years. DJ Childs Plumbing in Canterbury offered him a plumbing apprenticeship and he spent most of his time working on plumbing maintenance and new roofs on commercial sites. Geoff on Google+.