Last week BBC News carried a story about a new and unusual land speed record for the fastest motorised toilet.
Stuntwoman Jolene Van Vugt recorded a speed of 75km/h in Sydney, beating the previous record by 7km/h. “I flew into Australia yesterday and came out here to jump straight on the toilet,” she said. “That was so fun and I’m stoked to get the record.” In order to win the title she was timed over 100m in both directions. There were some problems early on when the chain fell off, but the toilet was soon repaired leading to what a local doctor described as a rapid movement of an unusual kind.
Of course, this was not a motorised version of the notorious “dunny”, an Australian expression used to distinguish between a flushing and a non-flushing toilet (e.g. a “longdrop” or “thunderbox”). And there is, believe it or not, a Great Australian Dunny Race that takes place during the Weerama Festival at Werribee, near Melbourne. My Australian friends are invited to corroborate this slur on Australian cultural achievements.