Plaques thank donor for library urinals

Feb. 1, 2005 at 8:05 PM
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PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Men using urinals at a University of Pennsylvania library are startled to see silver plaques above each unit, thanking a donor for funding the urinals.

"The relief you are now experiencing is made possible by a gift from Michael Zinman," reads the circular silver plaques in the men's restroom of the university's Van Pelt Library in Philadelphia.

"I have a warped sense of what the world is like, and I am poking barbed, gentle fun at society," said Zinman, a businessman and book collector.

Zinman also sent a letter to poet laureates in every state with $100 and a request to submit a poem in honor of urinals -- 19 did and the poems from silly rhymes to more serious poetry were compiled in a 24-page booklet, reported the The Daily Pennsylvanian.

The urinal plaques are not the only humorous dedications in the Van Pelt library. Another plaque is posted at the spot where former President Gerald Ford became stuck in an elevator.

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