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October 12, 2005 12:03 AM

Broken: (Just for fun) Batman Piñata

BatmanI took this pic recently in Riverside Park, NYC.

Batman doesn't seem too happy to be (a) a busted piñata and (b) in the same trashcan with a discarded pizza.


are they assuming no ones gonna use that can for anything smaller than the holes, or anything larger than the thinnest part?

Posted by: gmangw at October 12, 2005 12:28 AM

ya, I hate it when you go to throw something away and someone has put a big box or something on the top of an empty trash can.

Posted by: noname at October 12, 2005 05:37 AM


Posted by: Al at October 12, 2005 07:04 AM

The trash can is broken, that wacky shape (probably from years of neglect) really lowers the amount of waste it can hold.

Posted by: Vic at October 12, 2005 07:32 AM

i refuse to discuss a garbage can

Posted by: tictic at October 12, 2005 07:51 AM

Hey, tictic, you just did.

Posted by: =David at October 12, 2005 09:53 AM

Obviously someone had a party in the park. It would have been considerate of them to take their trash with them instead of filling the park's trash cans with large objects.

Vic, I would say that it is probably due to someone sitting on it, although based on how rusty it is, it is pretty old.

Posted by: Sean P at October 12, 2005 10:22 AM

It would be even funnier if Batman was on the pizza box as well...

So, here's a little puzzle for you all to discuss...

Which was put in the can first, the piniata or the pizza box?

Posted by: Pyotr at October 12, 2005 11:02 AM

I theorize that the pizza box came first, because the batman seems to be on top of it. That garbage can is what's broken here. Where is the Parks and Recreation Department when you need them?

Posted by: Bob at October 12, 2005 11:15 AM

Who took this photo. I nwould like rights to use it as an album cover...

Posted by: Sam at October 12, 2005 11:42 AM

Did anyone else catch the (potentially unintended) joke with how the Batman pinata truly is broken? Like, literally. Some kid swung a bat or broom handle or lead pipe and broke him. Y'know, for the candy. So now he's broken open. Which is why he's on TIB. Broken. Totally.

Posted by: Manni at October 12, 2005 11:49 AM

The trash can is probably picked up and slammed on its side to empty into a larger rolling one. I can't imagine why anyone would want to sit on it (well, maybe in NYC) but it does look like it is bowed from sitting on it.

Posted by: JAC at October 12, 2005 12:10 PM

I took the photo. Contact me at mark at goodexperience dot com

Posted by: Mark Hurst at October 12, 2005 12:23 PM

You know I'd be pissed too, if someone be Robin' my Candy.

Thank you... I'm here all week.

Posted by: Joshua Wood at October 12, 2005 02:30 PM

Well, at least the perpetrators of this ugly event were considerate enought to actually use the garbage can! It appears Batman has seen better days though.

Posted by: Onery at October 12, 2005 02:55 PM

Somehow it seems rather appropriate. *BAT*man as a pinata.

Posted by: Loren Pechtel at October 12, 2005 03:31 PM

How will our delectable daredevil be delivered from this diabolical depository?

Will he delight us with dextrous demonstrations of derring-do?

Or is he just a dead duck?

Stay tuned for the exciting conclusion!

Posted by: Sean at October 12, 2005 03:35 PM

Amazing alliteration!

Posted by: Bob at October 12, 2005 03:39 PM

I thought that was amazing alliteration also. Is

Sean the guy that wrote for the Batman TV show?

Posted by: Denise at October 12, 2005 03:54 PM

Sean is the guy who watched too many of the old Batman shows as a kid.

These days when he's not having fun with words on TIB, he's doing IA for clients.

Posted by: Sean at October 12, 2005 03:58 PM

Sean P, would you have preferred them to leave their trash on the ground. At least we can appreciate that they took care of it in some manner.

Posted by: Laura at October 12, 2005 04:22 PM


You forgot the Same bat time, same bat channel. Otherwise spot on!

Posted by: Joshua Wood at October 12, 2005 04:42 PM

Wow, that's one funky looking trash can. I can't think of any reason for sitting on a rusty trash can though. Looks uncomfortable.

Posted by: [insert name here] at October 12, 2005 06:49 PM

All of the garbage cans in NYC used to be this type of metal mesh construction. Not too stable. When the sanitation crew bangs the can repeatedly on the rear lip of the truck, the sides get bent in. Then they drop it hard on the ground when they put it down, and the lower half bows out from the impact.

The cans (in my neighborhood in Brooklyn at least) now have several vertical ribs that help prevent the sides from caving in.

Posted by: Ken at October 13, 2005 12:24 AM

people sit on toilet lids all the time, why not a rusty trash can? ;)

Posted by: Bryan at October 13, 2005 03:39 PM

people sit on toilet lids all the time, why not a rusty trash can? ;)

Posted by: Bryan at October 13, 2005 03:40 PM

Looks like curtains for the caped crusader. BTW, I'd be hard-pressed to refer to that ragged refuse receptacle as a "can".

Posted by: PatheticPeripatetic at October 13, 2005 11:42 PM

Pow! Zap!

(If I could just ... reach ... my Batdisposal Button ...)

Posted by: golfwidow at October 14, 2005 03:20 PM

What is really broken here is the amount of trash American Society produces. Sad.

Posted by: Phill at November 17, 2005 05:10 AM

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