That Time a College Student Built a Secret Bathroom Shrine to Danny DeVito

Danny DeVito

When SUNY Purchase sophomore Phillip Hosang discovered a strange hidden room behind a bathroom towel dispenser, he did what any sensible person would. He built a shrine to Danny DeVito.

Things Could Have Gone a Lot Worse

First off, the secret room hidden behind the bathroom wall is just a little bit terrifying. The dark, unlit space is surprisingly large, with unfinished cinder-block walls splashed with graffiti. If the students had found—for example—a bunch of clown paintings in there, this would be a very different story.

Instead, what they mostly found was trash. And that gave Hosang an idea.

The Trash Man

Hosang is apparently a big fan of the show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, a black comedy starring Danny DeVito. And on that show, DeVito’s character sometimes dresses up as a garbage-themed wrestler known as “The Trashman.” (It makes sense if you watch the show.”

Here’s how things worked out in Hosang’s own words:

“I walked in there, and I thought that this would be just a really great place to put some weird thing that people could find. And from there I was just trying to figure out what I should do with it. Because of all the trash—if you know Always Sunny, you know that Danny DeVito is known as like the trash man—I was like, ‘This is just the perfect person to go with. He’s just weird enough that people would accept that this was a thing.’”

A Bittersweet Ending

After the story of the shrine went viral, college officials stepped in and sealed off the room. Boo!

But Danny DeVito himself heard about the story and Tweeted words of thanks to the students.

“Your shrine honors me. My heart is filled with love and garbage. Tomorrow, as you may know, is my name day. Do something that makes you feel good. Above all be kind to each other. Pick up trash, recycle, and be aware of plastics in the ocean.”

Thus ends the saga of the strange garbage-Narnia hidden in a college bathroom, where the only magical creature was a short, elderly actor with a fantastic sense of humor.