Let the countdown begin: coming soon to Beijing is the 2004 World Toilet Summit.

That’s right, it’s a chance for world leaders to gather together in peace and unity to discuss… I don’t know, the state of the toilet facilities in China or something.

Best quote:

“Toilets represent the level of development of a country, a region,” Yu Debin, deputy director of Beijing’s Municipal Bureau of Tourism, said Friday at a news conference. “They also represent a region’s spiritual and material civilization.”

The summit is being hosted by the World Toilet Organization, and culminates with World Toilet Day on November 19.

And no, this is not a joke.

I can only hope Bush is, like, an invited speaker or something.