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From the movie Jurassic World (2015).

Two boys wandered off into a restricted area for tourists to take a closer look at other dinosaur species that live in the park. While they're out there, their aunt, who's the president of the park, is ringing alarm bells at the control room to find them. Here's the two boys' short conversation:

— Great idea.
— No! We're gonna get arrested. They'll shave our heads, and we're gonna have to make root beer in the toilet.
— What are you talking about?

What's that he is saying about making root beer in the toilet? I don't understand.

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Prisoners in the United States are, not surprisingly, prohibited alcohol. Prisoners are an enterprising lot, and they have found a great many ways to get around that prohibition, most notably via pruno, a homemade wine made by mixing anything fermentable (sugar, fruit, bread, ketchup) in a plastic bag and waiting a few days. The resulting alcoholic beverage is often hidden in the toilet.

In the movie, the boy who is worried says that he'll have to make root beer, a traditional, non-alcoholic, occasionally homemade soda, in the toilet after he is arrested. As Brian Hitchcock clarified below, the joke is that he is afraid of getting in trouble and being sent to prison, but because he's a child still, alcohol isn't allowed, so he'd have to illicitly make root beer instead.

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    Cute. Cuz they're minors, you know, and wouldn't dare make real hooch, even in prison! I saw the movie, (Jurassic World) but never caught that line. Commented Sep 12, 2015 at 8:59
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    Excellent answer! +1 A non-drinker like me would have never got it! :)
    – Maulik V
    Commented Dec 19, 2015 at 6:22
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Toilet also mean the room with the toilet fixtures in them, so it could also mean they are making root beer in the bathroom too, but of course, you can say they are using the actual toilet bowl to make the root beer. It’s so hard to tell when they mean toilet as the room or just the applicance.

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  • No, @Megas, I would say that that’s quite unlikely. Using toilet to mean a room where one relieves oneself is quite rare in American English. We use toilet to refer to the ceramic fixture, and almost never to the room in which the fixture is situated. Commented Jun 22 at 15:07
  • I will admit it is not as common as bathroom or restroom, but toilet is more common than mens room or ladies room. Honestly, toilet could mean both depending on the context. In Britain, Australia, and Singapore, most people would only call the room a toilet if they need to use the fixture. Also, I see them saying "toilets", not "toilet", which would mean they are referring to the fixture most likely over the room. Otherwise, at least people in Australia would switch to bathroom, while people in Britain could say loo. I dont know about Singapore.
    – Megas
    Commented Jun 23 at 4:13
  • But @Megas, isn’t the film—and aren’t the characters—American? That’s why I restricted my comment to American English. Commented Jun 23 at 12:38

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