Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Go Fish

I can't even remember where I heard about a Fish 'n Flush Toilet-Tank Aquarium, but it sounded like a really odd idea. I know that people like to decorate their bathrooms, and I think that having a phone and big screen TV and such in the bathroom is a little weird, but live animals? If I walked into random person's house and had to use their bathroom and was greeted with goldfish or whatever swimming around in the toilet tank, I would seriously be surprised.

I would think that a fish toilet tank aquarium would be more interesting to men than women since women would really not get to look at it much, whereas men would be more likely to be facing the tank. But I know that men (and boys) can be curious and weird - what if they were to decide to "aim" for the fish? Ewwww.

And what if one of the fish died? One of the ways people get rid of dead fish is to flush them down the toilet. I think it would be weird to just move a fish from the tank to the bowl, though I guess it would be extremely convenient.

I think Orkid might enjoy it during the times she's allowed in the bathroom. I'd think she'd want to stand on the seat and chase the little fishies around. I'd be concerned that she'd just terrorize the living daylights out of them. On the one hand, I'm not sure they have enough brain cells to be scared of her, but then I'm also remembering that as a kid, my brother had aquariums with big fish for whom we'd have to get feeder fish, and I remember one time seeing one feeder fish who was cowering in a corner among some fake plants trying to hide. No, I'm not making it up and imbuing it with human feelings. (I can't remember how to spell the word that means that, and I'm too lazy to look it up at the moment.) It looked terrified. It also had bite marks on its fins and tail, so I'm assuming it was about to be lunch or dinner and managed to get away for the time being, but it was scared enough to know what its fate was going to be. And the next time I looked, fishie was gone. Gulp.

I think the tag line for the product is pretty funny though:

"A whimsical potty that turns your toilet into a nautical wonderland."

"Nautical wonderland". Hey, that would be a good name for a band!


Anonymous said...


Cindy said...

Hmmm, ok, that wasn't the word I had been thinking of. The word I was going to use was "anthropomorphize". I'm not sure that's spelled right - still too lazy to look it up.

What's the difference between those two words?

Anonymous said...

I think anthropormorphize might be slightly more correct in this situation as it has to do with specifically human characteristics, but they are very close.

to ascribe human form or attributes to (an animal, plant, material object, etc.).

1. the attribution of a personal nature or character to inanimate objects or abstract notions, esp. as a rhetorical figure.