Imponderable #34: New Berlin Wisconsin

3 Feb

February 3, 2012

Meet the Toilet Tot:

I rarely leave the comments in the articles but I thought these two were worthy of note.

I have some interesting toilet stories too but none so wholesome.

How awesome must this kid’s potty training have been?

The question is Imponderable.

18 Responses to “Imponderable #34: New Berlin Wisconsin”

  1. Mac of BIOnighT February 3, 2012 at 1:20 am #

    It’s a good thing he fell asleep in the box and not in the toilet, he might have drowned.

    (I’ve always loved washing machines and I even sleep to a recording of one, but I never got that far (I think))


    • Daniel February 3, 2012 at 6:44 am #

      I always found the ” white noise ” of running / circulating water to help me get to sleep. Until 9 months ago I had an aquarium w / bubbling air filter, then when I was a kid, my bedroom was right next to the bathroom & the sound of people showering, etc., helped Morpheus to arrive more frequently. 🙂


      • Mac of BIOnighT February 3, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

        There was a thread about this on a music forum a couple of years ago, you wouldn’t believe what people listen to to go to sleep O__o There was even a guy who had to travel a lot for work and always carried with him his electric fan, not because of the heat, but because he couldn’t sleep without its noise…


        • Daniel February 3, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

          Depending on my mood, the steady hum of a fluorescent light eitther can be very calming or it annoys the HELL out of me. Some of them can be deceptively loud.
          & for some reason, as a kid, the noise of a power substation ( not that we lived next to one ! 😉 ) always seemed strangely SOLID & reassuring.


          • bmj2k February 3, 2012 at 8:40 pm #

            When I was young I could only sleep if the radio was playing. Music kept me awake but talk radio was calm and soothing.In more recent years I’d listen to the repetitious NOAA bouy and weather data. Steady, calm, solid.


            • Daniel February 3, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

              My mom had a shortwave receiver when I was in my late teens & 20’s. The sound was always relaxing & reassuring. Sometimes I’d sit w / her & listen to the different stations coming in from across the planet, even if we couldn’t always understand the language ( s ). Before I got my 1st personal computer, before the Internet was available to everyone, this was MAGIC to me. Magic moments !


              • bmj2k February 3, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

                I didn’t discover things like that until later in life. Simply searching the upper FM band on my car radio has brought in some amazing discoveries on the right nights.


                • Daniel February 4, 2012 at 2:51 am #

                  I always had the intention of getting my SW license. I even joined an Explorer Scouts group where the emphasis was on SW communication. I had to get a license for that, but the requirement to learn Morse Code tripped me up.

                  My mom’s SW receiver even picked up staccato transmissions that I’m sure came from satellites. That radio was almost as good as an Internet connection.

                  I’ll bet they could intercept cellular & Wi – Fi transmissions, which were still the stuff of sci – fi back then.


                  • bmj2k February 4, 2012 at 11:52 am #

                    While I never learned the code, back in high school we built Morse code telegraphs in high school. Actually very simple.


                    • Daniel February 4, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

                      I ordered mine from Tandy. Putting the kit together wasn’t easy though. I wish I still had it.


  2. Daniel February 3, 2012 at 3:51 am #

    A veritable pottie – prodigy ( to quote Charles Emerson Winchester from an episode of MASH ) !!
    At least it wasn’t septic – tanks !


  3. Jim February 3, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

    I see why you left the comments. The child is obviously autistic because he has different interests than normal children.

    It doesn’t matter that he might grow up to be the most successful toilet salesman in New Berlin, Wisconsin.


    • bmj2k February 3, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

      I left that in hoping it would speak for itself. You are so right. Firstly, in my former life I had a certain level of training in recognizing signs of Autism and Aspergers. I am not at all an expert, but nothing there stands out as a red flag. In fact, certain things in the story could argue against it. But what struck me was the earnestness of the comment. Are we so over-protective that a kid that doesn’t fit the norm must be sick, need treatment, and be stigmatized?


      • Jim February 4, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

        “Are we so over-protective that a kid that doesn’t fit the norm must be sick, need treatment, and be stigmatized?”

        I guess so. I’m sure there is a drug to treat this poor child who had the misfortune of becoming obsessed with toilets instead of LEGO. Or Matchbox cars. Or comic books. Or something more socially acceptable and appropriate.


    • Daniel February 3, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

      I used to work with some people, 1 of whom was severely autistic. Children w / autism often relate BETTER to inanimate objects than to people. I know that’s a broad generalization, but it’s pretty much on – target.


      • bmj2k February 3, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

        Yeah, but if you watch the video the kid seems to have no issues communicating or relating to other people. He seems normal in every way except for a strong fixation on toilets. I think he’s odd, not undiagnosed.


  4. Thomas Stazyk February 4, 2012 at 2:43 am #


    Shouldn’t the parents be trying to get the kid interested in other things rather than celebrating his hang up?


    • bmj2k February 4, 2012 at 11:57 am #

      I get the impression that might be an uphill battle.


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