If the Three Stooges made toilets…

April 18, 2007

It’s one thing if a car company produces autos with gas tanks that explode, or a pharmaceutical firm sells medication with grotesque side effects, but this time, big business has gone too far. 

In Japan, two prominent makers of fancy toilets that have seat-warming and blow-drying functions for, you know, your butt, have admitted they are aware of a number of cases in which their toilets began smoking, or even caught fire.  

Sure, if you’re into adolescent physical humor then seeing this could be kind of funny, but if it happened to you, not so much…. And you would kind of rely on the manufacturers to warn you, because other people aren’t going to admit it. “Dude! The grossest thing happened to me today while I was…” 

Oddly Enough Blog


An employee of  Toto Limited demonstrates a control unit for the company’s toilet seat “New Neorest” series at their showroom in Tokyo in a 2005 photo. REUTERS/Issei Kato


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Dear Blog Guy,

That reminds me — any luck figuring out how to use your VCR?

Posted by John C Abell | Report as abusive

Well, to be exact it’s a Betamax, but yes, I’m getting pretty good.

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

Great, great. Wouldn’t want you to miss any “I Love Lucy” episodes.

Posted by John C Abell | Report as abusive

At first I thought it was a remote control (and was wondering exactly how far away Japanese men stand when using the facilities), then I noticed that the control appears to have stereo speakers.

Now I’m imagining which songs a toilet would play. “Tiny Bubbles”? “Splish Splash”? “Windy”?

Posted by Charlene | Report as abusive

Dear Blog Dude,
I’m fairly certain I will regret this but do you have any close-ups of those button graphics?

Your bud,

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

I am all for hygiene, and washing there is great, but how much automation do we really need? Just imagine the lawsuits when a man accidentally pushes the “Remove Tampon” button?

Posted by mikelinpa | Report as abusive