A coffee table book featuring photographs of poops I have left on hotel beds around the world, accompanied by anecdotes about each.
The Goal: A coffee table book featuring photographs of poops I have left on hotel beds around the world, accompanied by anecdotes about each.
This a study in human behavior. The themes presented in the anecdotes and short essays accompanying my photographs will delve into anthropological, sociological and psychological themes. I need to travel to different regions and explore different cultures, to be able to accurately portray how the hospitality service views and reacts to an accidental poop left in a bed. I will be sampling reactions in motels, hotels, high end establishments and resorts around the world.
Please keep in mind, I will not be making a mess of the hotel room. The poop will be left neatly in the center of the bed and uncovered so as not to startle or shock the chambermaid. I will leave a note explaining a stomach condition, food poisoning or allergic reaction and offer my sincerest apologies. I will also leave a moderate-to-large gratuity for their troubles. The difference in the gratuity amount will give me another variable to work with when studying any staff behavior.
I will then document any reaction by the establishment -- any change in attitude toward me by the maids, any additional cleaning fees added to my bill or anything else that may come up.
The end result of my travels and experience will be a hardcover coffee table book with full color, artistic photographs of my poops and an essay about each one. The subject matter of these essays will mostly be determined by the situations that present themselves once the poop is discovered but my goal is to provide entertaining and informative analysis of each incident.
The funds needed represent my travel and accommodation costs, as well as gratuities, needed to experiment with a large enough sample size to complete this book. I also need to purchase a camera.
Any funds raised beyond the goal will be used as additional gratuities for the chambermaids.
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Your name listed on the Special Thanks page of the book, most likely somewhere after Mommy, The Baby Jesus and Brittany Murphy.Estimated delivery:
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A polaroid of one of my poops from a hotel stay of my choosing. This will be a unique, one-of-a-kind photograph from a Polaroid camera. None of these will be published in the book.Estimated delivery:
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A polaroid of one of my poops from a hotel stay of my choosing PLUS an item from the hotel your polaroid was taken in. This could be a coffee mug, a shower cap, something from the mini bar, etc. I'll most likely learn toward something with the hotel's logo on it, but I can't make any promises until I see what's available.Estimated delivery:
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A polaroid of one of my poops from a HIGH END hotel stay of my choosing PLUS an item from the HIGH END hotel your polaroid was taken in. We're not talking about pens and shower caps for this $100 level pledge, people. We're talking bathrobes, slippers, single-brew coffee makers, room service trays, etc.Estimated delivery:
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The $100 level polaroid and hotel item prize, PLUS a first edition of the book, once published.Estimated delivery:
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The $100 level polaroid and hotel item, PLUS a first edition of the book, once published, signed by the author.Estimated delivery:
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The $100 level polaroid and hotel item, an autographed first edition of the book PLUS I will come to your school / library / book club, read excerpts of my book and participate in a short Q&A session.Estimated delivery:
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The $100 level polaroid and hotel item, a signed first edition of the book, PLUS I will come to your home and make a personal deposit on your bed. This personal deposit will receive the full Defecation Vacation treatment (photo and short story) and be added to the official Defecation Vacation website, which will be set up upon funding. These entries may also appear in future printings of the book.Estimated delivery: