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Recently Divorced Man Solemnly Lowers Toilet Seat to Half Mast

DENVER — Newly single man Chris Fangerburg held a moment of silence for his former relationship today, lowering the toilet seat in his recently rented studio apartment halfway down following the conclusion of his divorce hearing, inconsolably somber sources confirmed.

“She’s gone! Oh God, she’s gone!” cried Fangerburg while attempting to prepare a 21-gun salute using several empty toilet paper rolls and a can of Axe body spray. “She always hated when I left the toilet seat up. This ceremony is to remind myself of all the times that I didn’t take her bathroom experience into consideration, and how it tragically brought an end to our love. What else could her attorney have meant when he cited ‘irreconcilable differences’ in the divorce papers?”

Fangerburg’s ex-wife Kara Jakowski, however, disputed the notion that toilet seat protocol was the main reason for the couple’s separation.

“He thinks the toilet thing is what this is about? That asshole fucked our marriage counselor!” explained Jakowski while burning a cardboard box containing Fangerburg’s remaining shirts and pants. “And that was just the last straw: we only had to go to counseling in the first place because that idiot spent our life savings on a speedboat that he crashed into a lighthouse. And before that, he traded my grandmother’s diamond earrings for an old VW van so he could follow Phish around on tour for nine months. He missed the birth of our daughter because of that.”

Behavioral psychologist Carl Crane explained how underlying issues in a marriage can manifest unintended ways.

“In a relationship, seemingly innocuous actions, such as leaving the toilet seat up or ceaseless, spiteful masturbation, can often be a subconscious expression of deep dissatisfaction. It’s important to reconcile these behaviors with the internal problems causing them in order to form a strong emotional bond with one’s partner,” Crane explained. “Otherwise, you’re gonna run a real big risk of crashing on a twin-size mattress in your buddy’s unfinished attic while you ‘figure things out’ for a bit. I’ve seen it a hundred times.”

Fangerburg was last seen researching “pneumatic toilet seat schematics” while also considering how much it would cost to start his own record label.