“Class had just ended, and I was going towards the closest water fountain because my mouth felt dry. On my way, before I could even see the drinking fountain, a thought just suddenly popped into my head from nowhere: “It’d be kind of gross if a booger was on the spout…” I didn’t really pay any attention when I drank from the fountain, but as I finished and lifted up my head, I spotted a yellowish clump of mucus right near the opening of the spout. ”
This is a pretty cool story about drinking fountains in Pentagon.
“He told us lots of cool stories, some of which, I’m sure, will blend into Gaunt in the next few years. The one I’ll share with you (I have a sneaking suspicion that in other stories he told us rather more than he should have done… how many floors below ground does the Pentagon have?) is the story of the special purple drinking fountain. When the Pentagon was built in 1942, it was equipped with several hundred drinking fountains, all of them of the classic, 1940s ceramic style. They were all blue. Except, that is, for the one in the Air Force Command Centre. This particular drinking fountain was purple. No one knows why… a bad batch? a mis-order? someone’s idea of a joke? The truth will never be known, but the point is that it began to acquire a certain mythical status. The preeminent Air Force officers of the day swore by the purple drinking fountain, and claimed it had almost mystical properties. After a while, all the branches of the armed forces trekked through the labyrinths of the Pentagon to drink at the fountain. It was like a holy grail. When the Air Force area was refurbished some time ago, they couldn’t bring themselves to rip out the purple fountain. It now resides in a glass display case at the entrance to the Air Force area, a testament to the interface between military logic and personal superstition.”
“In fact, it is a pet peeve of mine the proliferation of bottled water and the lack of public drinking fountains in my area. If I could, I would lead a “Back to Tap Water” crusade. Don’t get me wrong…I respect personal choice, previous bad experiences, etc. etc. But the marketing scheme (and public fear campaign that really took off after Walkerton), that has the public widely believing that municipal tap water is not safe makes me livid.”
“I don’t get it! If you know me well, you know how much water I drink in a day. At a restaurant, I usually go through four glasses of water (see gripe #8). I have only seen one drinking fountain in public since I arrived, and it was on the Table Mountain trail! They are nowhere on campus, how do people drink here?! I keep forgetting my water bottle, so I keep having to buy beverages on campus when I eat, which I normally don’t do (see number 4).”