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Dan Gardner wanted to know when to go to the loo during films – so he built an app

By Anugraha Sundaravelu

24 Sep 2023 · 5 min read

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  1. RunPee is an app developed by Dan Gardner that tells moviegoers the best times to take a bathroom break during a film. The idea came to Gardner during a screening of Peter Jackson's King Kong in 2005.

Created out of personal necessity by North Carolina-based developer Dan Gardner during a near three-and-a-half-hour King Kong screening, RunPee is an app that tells film audiences the best times to nip to the loo.

Where did the idea **come from?
**By the end of Peter Jackson’s 201-minute King Kong in 2005, I was in agony because I needed the loo. As we were leaving, I wanted to tell the people in the line to see the next show about the scene with giant bugs in the middle of the movie – perfect for a bathroom break. Of course, I didn’t say that to strangers at the movie theatre, but I’m a developer, so I thought I could make a website. This was before mobile apps were a thing. I bought the domain runpee.com, but then I got a job at Microsoft on its Xbox team so I didn’t do anything about this for the next few years. In 2008, I became a freelance developer and built RunPee as a demonstration app I could show to clients.

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