Do you ever leave a small offering to our Lord and Savior, Danny DeVito, during your restroom breaks?
A bathroom at Purchase College in New York hides a mildly terrifying secret: The paper towel dispenser leads to a “cavernous shrine” to American icon.
In one video, a student walks through a hole in the bathroom wall where the paper towel dispenser was ripped out, and into an unfinished room spray painted with graffiti. A DeVito cutout ominously lurks in the corner, surrounded by offerings from Purchase students.
“This is so weird,” someone says in the video.
Weird might be an understatement.
Another tweet shows how the paper towel dispenser hides the shrine from unsuspecting bathroom users.
In a tweet from last month, a student invited DeVito to visit Purchase for the “secret room that worships” him. The shrine is decked out with a poster of the grinning It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star, and a small handwritten placard instructing parishioners to “Leave An Offering for Our Lord and Savior Danny DeVito, Patron Saint of Trash Men.”
According to @terreeslavie, the shrine is “really not well known” through the campus, but since it went viral on Tuesday, news of it spread through the student body. She and her friends ventured out to find it one night, and left another picture of DeVito at the altar.
When asked for the specific location of the shrine, she demurred.
“It’s in a bathroom,” @terreeslavie said over Twitter DM. “I can’t reveal which though. It’s confidential.”
According to another student who tweeted about it, @emfriedchicken, the shrine is somewhere in Purchase’s Visual Arts building.
“One of my friends said she heard that the paper towel dispenser comes out of the wall,” she said over Twitter DM. “And she wanted to see what is behind it, so we went one Friday night at like midnight … and there it was. Danny DeVito.”
It’s “tradition” to leave something for DeVito, so @emfriedchicken and her friends left coupons from a nearby restaurant.
“We could tell it’s been there a while because there was paper towels on the floor in the secret room,” she said. “And our campus only uses air dryers now!”
Would you believe me if I said I went to a hidden Danny Devito shrine in a hole in the wall in the boys bathroom and then two drag queens came in to do a photo shoot? Because that happened
— you’ll never be shit duck (@ifaptoskittles) November 10, 2018
y’all ever remove the paper towel dispenser from the wall, walk through the wall, which then leads to a danny devito shrine and after a few minutes of being in there a bunch of drag queens come in to do a photoshoot.
— emma💐🍓 (@emfriedchicken) November 10, 2018
The shrine has been on campus for a while — @emfriedchicken said that older students remember the sacred space as well.
SUNY Purchase has not made a public comment on the mysterious shrine, or the secrets it holds, yet.
If you ever find yourself on Purchase’s campus, maybe you can offer the cardboard DeVito an egg in this trying time.
UPDATE: Nov. 13, 2018, 9:02 p.m. EST This post has been updated with comments from students.