Sunday, April 26, 2009

Target Practice

"Photographs of bankers who left Iceland after the financial crisis have a new use in the restroom bars in Rey Kjavik, the capital."

John Burns, "At the Polls Icelanders Punish Conservatives," The New York Times, April 26, 2009.

That is, as targets in the men's urinals. According to Nudge, these targets should improve aim and reduce unwanted splash effects. This Icelander political use of urinal targets represents new, double-bottom-line thinking.

The celebration of urinal targets was good intellectual bathroom humor until I saw black spirals in the urinals recently at SEATAC airport and unconsciously adjusted my aim. The next week a visiting grammar school teacher from Portland shared the bathroom plight of boy's bad aim. I shared a bit of Nudge but acknowledged the challenge of superhero and super-bad guy targets.

Still, would we in U.S. tolerate political targets in our urinals?

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