One of Philadelphia’s more intriguing sights has only recently come to our attention – a set of plaques in the men’s room of the University of Pennsylvania’s library, solemnly thanking a donor for funding the urinals.
“The relief you are now experiencing is made possible by a gift from Michael Zinman,” says a steel plaque set at eye-level for anyone using the facilities.
Zinman made pots of money dealing large natural gas turbines, and became a major donor and book collector, according to New Yorker magazine.
And when he helped fund the bathroom renovation at U Penn’s library, he demanded that plaque, Inside Higher Ed reported.
Inside Higher Ed also noted that this is kind of a trend. To the apparent disapproval of Time magazine, bathrooms have been named after donors at Utah Valley University, University of Colorado at Boulder, and even Harvard Law School.
A Harvard Law mens room is particularly notable for being named after William Falik – whose last name is pronounced exactly the way you think.