Weekend Thoughts - 5.14.16

   Image  by  Akuppa John Wigham , courtesy of  Creative Commons  licensing.

Image by Akuppa John Wigham, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Happy Saturday y'all! Below, I have rounded up some things for you to think about this weekend:

1. Let's face it—everybody poops. However, the facilities used around the world can be quite different. Here is a collection of photos of toilets from around the world. Compared to some of the countries, I am very grateful to have the levels of sanitation that I enjoy in the U.S. However, Finland's concept of requiring users to text the word "OPEN" to gain entrance to the bathroom seems like it could encourage an elevated level of responsibility. And for the countries that offer squatting toilets, I find that intriguing as well. It's also reminiscent of the Squatty Potty, which, by the way, has one of the best commercials I've ever seen.

2. Speaking of pooping, a report was released this week showing that poultry plant workers have been denied bathroom breaks and required to wear diapers so they don't lose their jobs. Yet another reason not to support the meat industry—companies like Tyson Foods mistreat their employees as well as they treat their "products".

3. I'm a huge Hunter S. Thompson fan, so I was excited to see that a short documentary this week that focused the collaboration with him and artist Ralph Steadman that covered the 1970 Kentucky Derby, which resulted in the jaw-dropping book The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved. I'd highly suggest reading the book, but at the very least you can get a sufficient teaser by watching the documentary.

That's all for this week's edition of Weekend Thoughts. Until next week, keep thinking wilder.