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Jul 31, 2008

Who Needs To (Flamin)go?

From our "Strangest Men's Room Activity Not Involving Larry Craig" file comes this item from sender-inner Crystal O. of South Texas.  Seems a category 2 hurricane hit the area, and the staff of the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville herded all their animals into the safest structures they could find -- which, in the case of these flamingos, meant the men's room.  That's the thrill of working in a zoo; you never know what urine for.  (runs away, dodging tomatoes)

'Wow, (*HONK!!*) the acoustics in here are awesome! (*HONK!!*)'

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I love how the walls appear to be colored pink from the reflection off their feathers.

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 01:09 PM

Most curious! Why are they in the men's room??

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 01:12 PM

"'Wide stance?' How can you have a 'wide stance' when you're standing on just one leg?!"

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 01:13 PM

I'm imagining some guy traveling through the airport with his gaggle of flamingos! Herding them along...someone needed a bathroom break.

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 01:14 PM

These poor birds look so bewildered. Not only is there a hurricane outside, but they're in a strange place, and there's no toilet paper!

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 01:14 PM

This would also qualify for www.weirdoverload.com, if such a site exists!

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 01:14 PM

Aarrgh! I'm being pun-ished.

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 01:15 PM

Wow, I hope no one really has to go because that would be a heck of a long wait for the flaminguys ahead of you in line to wrap things up...

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 01:15 PM

i've seen homes with pink flamingo-themed bathroom decor, but this is too much!

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 01:17 PM

Paunchie - because in public places like the zoo, mall, concert arena, etc., the men's room is never crowded.

Have you ever been in a ladies' room in those places that wasn't?

plaidshirt pyrate
 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 01:17 PM

flaminguys?! fabulous!

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 01:19 PM

PS: I'm reminded of Joan Cusack's character in the movie "Toys" -- I wonder if they're all in that corner trying to work out the harmonies to "In the Still of the Night".....

plaidshirt pyrate
 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 01:19 PM

Nicely rendered, NTMTOM. I won't tell the BF that I laughed at your pun, because I don't laugh at his.

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 01:20 PM

Can you imagine the poor guy who REALLY has to go as he rounds the corner into the bathroom? I suspect that he suddenly won't have such an urgent need to go! :O

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 01:21 PM

Ummm...is there a reason they are all huddled together? I thought only women go in flocks to the restroom. Spread out!

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 01:29 PM

HONK! hilar!

chet, ruby, and miaoux's momma
 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 01:31 PM

That's a very clean men's room.

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 01:35 PM

Tell me that men's room is pink. Please lord let it be pink! The tiles match the flamingos. Effing brilliant!

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 01:36 PM

Well, it's pink NOW.
(see also: Tank's comment)

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 01:40 PM

I wonder who has to clean the bathroom now... the zoo keepers or the janitors??? :-D

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 01:42 PM

I was all set to make a pink comment, but I hadn't considered the walls picking up color from the birds. dangit.

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 01:48 PM


Will you marry me?



 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 01:48 PM

Awwwwww. Do we have to hear about Larry "Wide Stance" Craig? A perfectly good photo of fabulous flamigos ruined. I'm going to think good thoughts about fluffy bunnies, chirping birds, purring kitties, and romping dogs before I make a comment about a november house (and senate) cleaning. :)

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 01:50 PM

Okay NTMTOM, I'm at work and I squeaked when I read the Larry Craig bit so I covered my mouth. Then your final joke hit me just the right way and I nearly choked. You won't have to worry about tomatoes, I'm flat on the floor laughing! I'm also the only girl here, like I need another reason to get picked on!

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 01:56 PM

*throws eggs instead*


 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 01:57 PM


I'll rock, paper, scissors you for that honour. You go first.

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 02:00 PM

/me throws tomatoes at NTMTOM.

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 02:02 PM

You're so Punny Meg!

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 02:06 PM

Gah! I HATE it when flamingos leave their graffiti in the bathroom.

(the original) Mel
 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 02:09 PM

Oh my, I don't think I'm brave enough to look in to the "Strangest Men's Room Activity Not Involving Larry Craig" file.


 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 02:16 PM

I'd like to request that this be filed under the category of "matchingks" because they totally blend in with the tile.

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 02:19 PM

See, men can pull pink off :D

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 02:27 PM

Anyway the flamingos are way bettter than.... Larry craig Files =-0!?!?!?

Gabby Parker
 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 02:35 PM

Lone, my 12-year-old son's favorite t-shirt is a pink one that says, "Tough Guys Wear Pink." It's great!!

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 02:36 PM

I'm still wondering about the joys of "herding" flamingoes. That must have been a sight itself.

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 02:41 PM

*rolls eyes and groans at NTMTOM*

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 02:59 PM

The tallest guy seems to be asking "is that the pond??!!" And everyone else pond-ering.

Get it?

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 03:08 PM

NTMTOM, I don't want to marry you, I just want to have a wild fling with crazy sex! Actually the Flamingos are daring each other to push the button. They want fresh water in the fountain...

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 03:37 PM

I have to say this is the weirdest photo I've seen on the web anywhere. I know it's a hurricane, but can't help picturing what a guy would do trying to "go" with that particular audience watching.

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 03:47 PM

regretfully, i must say: funny, entertaining, but not cute.

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 03:54 PM

Au contraire! Flamingos are definitely CUTE! Especially these ones....

Could Larry Craig have been crowded by a similar group of Flamingos, causing him to adopt a "wide stance" to keep from being pushed over??? Yeah, sure that MUST have been it....

Gail (the first one)
 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 04:39 PM

Oops! I got so EXCITED!!! Who do I have to talk to in order to steal that FAB picture legally???

Hurricanes and Flamingos are right up my alley, dontchaknow!

RJ Flamingo
 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 04:53 PM

I see all the tags on these boids indicate they're boys - did they put the lady flamingos in the little girls' room? (Bands on the left leg = boy, bands on the right leg = girl, because girls are always right!)

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 05:18 PM

Someone did explain to them that that object at the bottom of the urinal isn't a crab cake, right?

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 05:26 PM

Anyone for a game of croquet? :)

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 05:54 PM


You did NOT just say that!!

Jenny Jenny in Cincinnati
 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 05:58 PM

Hovertext-- SNORT!!!

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 06:11 PM

That's fantastic. I never really thought about what zoos would do in a natural disaster....makes sense!

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 06:13 PM

The highlight of a trip last year was kissing a flamingo while they were on a stroll through Busch Gardens. Cutest little pink things!

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 06:31 PM

Where dey ize?
Oh, and I tink they's not hard to herd. Dey tend to bunch, don't dey?

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 06:54 PM

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