FROM MUSIC VIDS TO CELEB BIOS, POP CULTURE THIS YEAR WAS FLUSH WITH RESTROOM REFERENCES
Call it a can-do year. Toilets, the latest fixture in music videos by Jewel, the Wallflowers, Goldfinger, and Bryan Adams, also stole scenes in The Cable Guy, Flirting With Disaster, and Joe’s Apartment. The bathroom was Cameron Diaz’s chamber of choice for seducing Keanu Reeves in Feeling Minnesota. In her memoir Initiales B.B., Brigitte Bardot compared former lover Alain Delon to her Louis XVI commode: as handsome and as cold. Homicide’s Andre Braugher got the news that he’d passed his firearms test while seated on the throne.
Still, for WC thrills, you couldn’t beat a headlong plunge into the bowl. Not only did Trainspotting’s Ewan McGregor take a dive, so did a kitten in Utah, which was accidentally flushed by kids who then frantically called plumber Troy Winkel. As Winkel demonstrated on The Tonight Show using a cutaway replica, the cat survived because he was wedged in an airspace in the curved pipe. A bigger miracle? Winkel performed the felinectomy for free.