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March 9, 2009

An offering to the porcelain god?

People leave some pretty weird things in bathrooms. When I see all of the dirty sayings, phone numbers and doodles written in magic marker on the stalls and walls, I often wonder: Who brings a Sharpie into the men's room in the first place?

But of all the things I've seen, this has to be the weirdest. Midnight Sunner Steve snapped this photo in the men's room at City Cafe (1001 Cathedral St.) after the Midnight Sun Shindig last week ...

toilet prayerApparently, someone left a handful of pennies and a note on top the toilet.

Here is what Steve wrote in his e-mail to me:

Not sure what caused this or why someone would leave a restaurant/bar bathroom set up with this bit of a shrine.

The note was in some foreign language and seemed to have the same sentence written over and over again--like a kid writing "I will not talk in class" 100 times for punishment.

The pennies seemed like an offering. After all in this day and age who is going to leave 50 cents on the toilet?

Does anybody know what the heck is going on here?

Was it a prayer to the porcelain god for help with a bowel movement?

Is it a Wiccan thing?

Did anybody else see this? 

We need answers. Help!


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Posted by Sam Sessa at 8:23 AM | | Comments (5)
Categories: Bars & Clubs, Random stuff


I don't practice Santeria
On no public toilet bowl
But I had a million pennies
And I—I dropped my roll
And if I could find pig vodka
And my Resurrection round
Well I'd mix it all together
And I'd

or sometimes whoever has a Sharpie just gets mean. Case in point, my old roommate Sharpied on an "unnamed" bar bathroom in Fells, "for a good time, IM "*blahblahmyoldscreenname*". creative, yes. but he lost points for using an AIM screen name. who even still uses those?

God Is Love by Neil Innes

I stepped into a bar for a drink or two
I was feeling lonely, and as the feeling grew,
I ordered same again, until I heard nature call
and through a door marked Men
I found written on the wall;
Next to a naked lady and some parts of a man was written,

The message seemed so simple
I stared in disbelief,
Could it be some wisdom
had come to my relief?
Was the Son of God a man among men?
Or which of the apostles had owned a ball point pen?
Like the joke that says the future of mankind is in your hand,

Love is never easy.
Love is hard to find.
And just as hard to keep
As an open mind.
So somehow I felt sorry
For that unknown patron saint
Whose words would soon be martyred
By a fresh coat of paint

In a temple or a toilet,
in a bed or in a bar,

Source: ttp://

Sound file:

Neil Innes' short professional resume
The Bonzo Dog Band - appearred in The Beatle's Magical Mystery Tour performing their Elvis parody "Deathcab for Cutie"
Their hit single "I'm The Urban Spaceman" produced by Apollo C Vermouth aka Paul McCartney.
Monty Python - contributing and producing songs for thir shows and movies, regarded by them as the Seventh Monty Python.
Partnered with Eric Idle on the show Rutland Weekend Television and was part of the house band "Fatso", which gave birth to the TV film parody "The Rutles". He wrote, played, and produced all the music plus played Ron Nasty, the John Lennon character. John Loved it. George Harrison appearred it.

Allan, one time in college I saw a dude go to a Halloween party as a Buddy List. He had all the hawt chix put their screen names on his costume.

I imagine the next day went something like this:

Buddy list dude, sitting at computer, plugs in hawt chick #1's screen name, and types: Hey whats up this is the buddy list guy from last nite!

Hawt chick #1 recoils in fear, clicks "block user" button.

superstition at it's lazinest, aren't these things supposed happen in cemetaries

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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