Toto Japan has released a new toilet with a built in MP3 player to broadcast the songs of your choice.
The International Center for Bathroom Etiquette attempts to educate the public on proper lavatory behavior and answers such pressing questions as, “when is it proper to use the kiddie urinal?”
Brondell this month unveils their new line of high-tech Swash toilet seats. Similar seats have gained popularity in Japan. The Swash seats fit onto existing toilets and feature heated seats, warm-water wash and a warm-air dryer. The model pictured above includes a remote control. Don’t let the kids run off with that.
Brondell believes United States consumers will have an appetite for high-tech toilets. The San Francisco Chronicle interviews the co-founders of Brondell, a San Francisco firm that this past week began selling its Swash toilets, which I noted in an earlier post. The co-founders bring technology credentials to the business. David Samuel started Spinner.com and Scott Pinizzotto is a former Sony Corp. engineer.
The Toilet Bowl, a unique restaurant in Taiwan goes to extremes with its theme. Not only are the seats real toilets, but dinner is served in the bowl. The picture at left speaks for itself.
If you drop your cell phone in the toilet and think you can get away with getting it replaced under warranty, think again. The phone companies are on to you. They’re using a special label. with a dot that turns red if it comes in contact with water. One glance and they know it wasn’t a random malfunction.
Roto-Rooter released their five most unusual drainpipe discoveries in 2005. Just hope you don’t have these items waiting for you down the drain.
1. A Vicksburg, MS, crew found a live Civil War cannon shell believed to be from the 1861 siege of Vicksburg.
2. In Greensboro, NC, a crew had to rescue a cat from the sewer.
3. In Bloomington, IL, a plumber removed several GI Joes and Matchbox cars that a young boy sent down the toilet.
4. Police in Canada had a crew retrieve a large stash of drugs that a suspect had just flushed down the drain.
5. In Sacramento, CA, a crew had to pull from a business’ toilets a large number of miniature liquor bottles after an employee who had been drinking on the job flushed them down the toilet.
April 2017 Update: The New Plunge seems to be discontinued and is no longer mentioned on the S&K Manufacturing website.
A plunger replacement hit the market in June. The New Plunge, by S&K Manufacturing, is a piece of straight, flexible plastic that fits into the toilet drain. According to a press release [expired link removed], the New Plunge is easier to clean and store than a traditional plunger.
S&K recommends the following techniques for the New Plunge:
1. Prior to flushing: New Plunge allows you to prevent your toilet from clogging by using the “slice-and-dice” method on waste so that the toilet will not clog.
2. After flushing: Use the New Plunge as you would a plunger.
ASC Elite Seat automatically returns to the up position and “gets out of harms way” to help keep the toilet seat dry.