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City Desk

Life—and tackiness—truly does go on in the wake of the terrorist attacks. No sooner were the flags ordered back to full staff than the National Council of World Farm Animals Day issued an urgent press release declaring Oct. 2 to be a day of remembrance for “the suffering of billions of innocent, sentient animals raised for food.” The date, notes the council, honors the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, “a foremost champion of humane farming.” Not to be outdone, the National Kitchen & Bath Association rushed out its own press release declaring October to be National Kitchen & Bath Month. “No longer are the kitchen and bathroom taking a back seat to other rooms in the home,” the association’s Web site notes. “In fact, kitchens and bathrooms have entered the forefront of residential design.” Our suggestion: Why not combine these two hallowed events? On Oct. 2, slaughter a pig in your bathroom and then fry it up in your designer kitchen. —Howard Witt