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Sample collection problem: People bought Metrodome urinals

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If you had a couple of cups of coffee this morning, and needed a break somewhere between Bud Grant’s garage sale and going out for a hot dog lunch with Johnny Manziel, you’re in luck.

According Paul Walsh of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, urinal troughs from the Metrodome have been sold in an online auction.

The stainless steel beauties, through which passed many recycled stadium beers and the hopes and dreams of Vikings, Twins and Gophers fans, sold for up to $375.

It’s good to know that on Memorial Day weekend, we can honor the brave who fought and gave so much to this country so we could be free to whiz away our dollars on the only thing in Minneapolis that’s been number one in the last few decades.

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43 Responses to “Sample collection problem: People bought Metrodome urinals”
  1. eaglesw00t says: May 23, 2014 10:44 AM

    That is absolutely gross.

    Who the hell would spend money on that?

    But the hot dog line is genius Jerry, genius!

  2. sdsmooth says: May 23, 2014 10:48 AM

    Those urinals are the most valuable commodity the Vikings have owned since Randy Moss.

  3. milkmandanimal says: May 23, 2014 10:49 AM

    There were many crappy things about the Metrodome, and the urinals were probably the worst of it. Packed shoulder to shoulder, peeing into a giant metal trough; most definitely the kind of thing you’d want to take home as a memory.

  4. kingleo14 says: May 23, 2014 10:50 AM

    That’s someone that has more money that braincells………

  5. purplengold says: May 23, 2014 10:52 AM


  6. granadafan says: May 23, 2014 11:01 AM

    I wouldn’t mind having a urinal in our bathroom. Easier to go and also to clean. A trough, however, is disgusting. I wonder if the guy who bought it is going to stick it in a bar.

  7. claymatthewscromagnonforehead says: May 23, 2014 11:07 AM

    Those troughs were horrible. Seemed like the guy next to you always farted and you could practically feel the vibration.

  8. northpackalacky says: May 23, 2014 11:08 AM

    Why would you want to even come within 100 feet of those things. There isn’t enough bleach in the world.

  9. kd75 says: May 23, 2014 11:08 AM

    Fill it with ice and it becomes a beer cooler.

  10. thevikingdefender says: May 23, 2014 11:09 AM

    Wow, that hurt…

  11. brutus3413 says: May 23, 2014 11:13 AM

    I have one of those along the inside wall of my garage. The neighbor guys love it.

  12. davikes says: May 23, 2014 11:15 AM

    Those urinals were 15-20 feet long.

  13. thevikingdefender says: May 23, 2014 11:15 AM

    Could be someone who has fond memories with the troughs at the dome. I couldn’t stand them. Everyone lining up to take a leak rite next to each other, it was gross.

  14. normnailz says: May 23, 2014 11:29 AM

    wearing shorts and relieving myself in one of these was a disgusting experience, never did it again, lesson learned

  15. icebowler says: May 23, 2014 11:34 AM

    “the only thing in Minneapolis that’s been number one in the last few decades”


  16. 700levelvet says: May 23, 2014 11:39 AM

    They can drop em on a lake and wait for it to melt the ice… After all they have nothing to do late in the season but go ice fishing

  17. Norseman says: May 23, 2014 11:40 AM

    I heard the ownership of the Green Bay Packers were top bidders on the urinals- they decided their 73,000 seat outhouse needed an upgrade…

    A few thousand more shares in Packers, Inc. now on sale…

  18. packerbackernj says: May 23, 2014 11:41 AM

    Only in Minnesota.

  19. devildog911 says: May 23, 2014 11:44 AM

    I bet the more stain it has, the higher the value.

  20. thevikingdefender says: May 23, 2014 11:45 AM

    It was never good when the guy next to you was piss drunk and ended up splashing you because he couldn’t aim. I hated it. And when I was a kid going to the games it was even worse. You would be as tall as the adults waist! Pretty much eye level to the dudes you know what!

  21. conormacleod says: May 23, 2014 12:16 PM

    It wasn’t the shoulder to shoulder peeing that was annoying. It was the backsplash.

    BTW: the Twins won two World Series in the Metrodome (1987 & 1991). But keep making your jokes. Hilarious.

  22. mediasloppy says: May 23, 2014 12:22 PM

    When bidding closed Thursday, the six trough prices ranged from $260 to $375. Bids came in from as far away as Los Angeles, Omaha, Florida, Texas, Boston, New York and Washington, D.C., Fanberg said.

  23. whatjusthapped says: May 23, 2014 12:33 PM

    The symbolism of owning one is priceless to a Viking fan. How many times have the Vikings had a chance in the Superbowl (answer is 4) and at the NFC Championship game (answer is 5) and just pissed it all away?

    Owning one will serve as a visual reminder of what it means to be a fan of this futile franchise.

  24. mashoaf says: May 23, 2014 12:43 PM

    Does it come with the original whizzinator?

  25. tokyofilthblaster says: May 23, 2014 1:53 PM

    Unlike the Vikings, those urinals did their jobs.

  26. robert831 says: May 23, 2014 2:34 PM

    Likely going into a sports bar restroom. Pretty good deal considering. However they were the very worst part of the Metrodome.

  27. freeigwebuike says: May 23, 2014 2:57 PM

    Ok, this is not making us Minnesota fans look good….

  28. Carl Gerbschmidt says: May 23, 2014 3:12 PM

    Looks like rickspeilmanismagican has his Memorial Day home improvement project all lined up.

  29. icebowler says: May 23, 2014 3:34 PM

    They were symbolic of the original Vikings lining the sides of their boats to relive themselves into the sea after a good brew.

  30. sonofad says: May 23, 2014 3:48 PM

    Packer fans buy fake stock.

    Viking fans buy used urinals.

    Which one is more suitable to framing?

  31. tokyofilthblaster says: May 23, 2014 3:58 PM

    For proud Viking fans, getting a used urinal trough is almost as good as winning a Lombardi Trophy.

  32. lnfinite says: May 23, 2014 4:24 PM

    Just the type of story obnoxious Packer fan can drink up!!!

  33. stellarperformance says: May 23, 2014 7:03 PM

    Try as you might, there is nothing you can do to lay this on the Packers. You can try, but you need to own it, not share it.

    Having said that, I think this article is a shameless and needless attempt to generate insults, attention, and site hits. The Viking fans should not have to defend a perception like this. It’s unfair and unnecessary.

  34. golforepar says: May 23, 2014 8:26 PM

    Fake stock is just a donation. Vikings urinals are the only thing in the trophy cabinet!

  35. vikingspride says: May 23, 2014 8:27 PM

    The bathrooms at the dome were the worst I have ever been in. Packed, Smelly, and Sticky…. these are the type of things that you don’t need a 20 foot souvenir to remember.

  36. minnesnowda says: May 23, 2014 10:42 PM

    The Twins won two World Series in the Metrodome.

  37. chris1cat says: May 24, 2014 9:47 AM

    I got one in my “Man Den” LED lights etc. It is awesome and the talk of my bar area!

  38. obsessedvikingfan says: May 24, 2014 5:02 PM

    All this means is they are recycling the Dome. Good for them. And they are building a new stadium that will make Lamblow look like, well, the Dome.

  39. contra74 says: May 24, 2014 7:24 PM

    sonofad says:
    May 23, 2014 3:48 PM
    Packer fans buy fake stock.

    Viking fans buy used urinals.

    Which one is more suitable to framing?
    But both items are the same thing!

  40. stellarperformance says: May 24, 2014 8:36 PM

    You’re right, it’s (nearly) the same thing.

    When I see a framed NFL team commemorative stock certificate hanging on the wall, I know I am at the home of a Packer fan….it couldn’t be anyone else.

    And when I see a 10’0″ long used in-line commemorative urinal hanging on the wall, I know I am at the home of a Viking fan…….it couldn’t be anyone else.

    Yup. Same thing alright. Good call.

  41. tokyofilthblaster says: May 25, 2014 11:36 AM

    The used urinals are apparently more valuable.

    In MN.

  42. oldcracker says: May 25, 2014 2:24 PM

    I heard a former Senator from Idaho was the high bidder….something about glorious hole seating?

  43. purplehaze28 says: May 29, 2014 11:16 AM

    Packer fans picking up some living room furniture.

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