Bathroom Web site tells you when you can go without missing key parts of a film

Jun 04, 2009 By Laura M. Bollin

If you're heading to a movie theater this weekend, perhaps to see the new Disney-Pixar film, there's a Web site that could help you know when to get "Up" and go to the bathroom.

Runpee.com was launched in August by Los Angeles-based freelance Flash developer Dan Florio. It touts itself as "helping your bladder enjoy going to the movies as much as you do" by telling moviegoers the best spots during films to go relieve themselves without missing any of the action.

Florio cites Peter Jackson's "King Kong" remake as his inspiration.

"It's a three-hour movie. By the end of it, I had to go to the bathroom really badly," Florio said. "When I got out of the theater, there was a huge queue of people in line for the next showing.

"I wanted to go up to them and say, 'Hey, there's this scene with a lot of bugs, and it's totally irrelevant, so when that happens, just go to the bathroom."

And his site was born.

"There are more than 2,000 sites now linking to my site," said Florio, 32, who lives with his wife, Jill, in an RV as he travels the country for different projects.

The site is a wiki, so registered users can submit their recommended break times for movies, which can be listed by most recent release date, alphabetically or by running time.

"Not all movies have pee times, because not all have had pee times submitted," said Florio.

"Right now, I am trying to go out and see all the summer blockbuster , because people will be seeing those and I want to keep the site useful."

As for that unusual name? It was the first thing that came to mind, says Florio, "the site is meant to tell you when to run and pee."

___

(c) 2009, Chicago Tribune.
Visit the Chicago Tribune on the Internet at www.chicagotribune.com/
Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

Explore further: Say Ello to the new privacy debate on social media

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Too much YouTube? Lock it up

Feb 18, 2009

We all love to waste time at work checking out a YouTube video or updating our Facebook profiles, but if you can't control yourself, there's keepmeout.com, a free service that lets you set limits on your Web browsing.

Theater owners behind on 3-D projectors

Jun 03, 2009

(AP) -- To hear the folks in Hollywood talk about it, improved 3-D technology and the quality films that are quickly lining up behind it represent nothing short of a moviegoing revolution. Tell that to the ...

Recommended for you

Say Ello to the new privacy debate on social media

Sep 29, 2014

Ello is new social networking space on the web that is receiving a lot of attention of late – so much that it's caused a few problems with the website out of action from time to time. ...

Post-Snowden, iPhone 6 encryption fans safety debate

Sep 28, 2014

Encryption technology in the iPhone 6 has taken root in a scales-of-justice debate between privacy supporters and public safety officials. Apple is using a more advanced encryption technology.

'Anti-Facebook' social network gets viral surge

Sep 28, 2014

In a matter of days, the new social network Ello, described as the "anti-Facebook" for its stand on privacy and advertising, has become perhaps the hottest ticket on the Internet.

User comments : 0