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The Japanese art of Ablutions

“In a Japanese house, the only place you can be alone and sit quietly is in the place of easement,” Masahiro Iguchi told reporters in Nara, Japan. “Because of that, and because Japan is a nation famously addicted to gadgetry, there is a growing market for ever more elaborate toilet products, and we are striving to meet it.”
Iguchi, marketing chief of the sanitary product manufacturers Inax, was commenting on the toilet wars which have raged in Japan throughout this year. “They began in February when engineers from the Matsushita company introduced a seat equipped with electrodes that send a mild charge through the user’s buttocks, yielding a digital measurement of body fat. We at Inax counter-attacked with a toilet that plays koto music, glows in the dark, and lifts up its lid when the infrared sensor detects a human being approaching. And other companies have produced toilets that can measure blood sugar level and toilet smell, heat up or cool down the room, or massage the user with water jets. Toilets with automatic jet sprays can now be found in half of all Japanese homes, which is more than contain personal computers.
“You may think that a toilet is just a toilet, but we would like to make a toilet a home health-measuring centre. We are going to install devices to measure weight, fat, blood pressure, heartbeat, urine sugar, albumin, and blood in urine. One day, these smart toilets will be able to monitor every bowel movement in the country through a central computer, and that is an inspiring thought.”(New York Times and Toronto Globe and Mail, 18/10/02.
By John bull: posted on 5-12-2002

Ha! Thats really interesting, about the fact that the only place to be alone is in the loo, I think that is universal :)

But I imagine that Japan would be worse ..
By netchicken: posted on 5-12-2002

Thats hilarious! :yak
By William One Sac: posted on 11-12-2002

Things to do in a public Loo :)


1. Stick your palm open under the stall wall and ask your neighbor, "May I borrow a highlighter?"

2. Say "Uh oh, I knew I shouldn't put my lips on that."

3. Cheer and clap loudly every time somebody breaks the silence with a bodily function noise.

4. Say, "Hmmm, I've never seen that color before."

5. Drop a marble and say, "Oh shoot!! My glass eye!!"

6. Say "Damn, this water is cold."

7. Grunt and strain real loud for 30 seconds and then drop a cantaloupe into the toilet bowl from a high place and sigh relaxingly.

8. Say, "Now how did that get there?"

9. Say, "Humus. Reminds me of humus."

10. Fill up a large flask with Mountain Dew. Squirt it erratically under the stall walls of your neighbors while yelling, "Whoa! Easy boy!!"

11. Say," Interesting....more sinkers than floaters"

12. Using a small squeeze tube, spread peanut butter on a wad of toilet paper and drop under the stall wall of your neighbor. Then say, "Whoops, could you kick that back over here, please?"

13. Say, "Boy, that sure looks like a maggot."

14. Say, "Damn, I knew that drain hole was a little too small. Now what am I gonna do?"

15. Play a well known drum cadence over and over again on your butt cheeks.

16. Before you unroll toilet paper, conspicuously lay down your "Cross-Dressors Anonymous" newsletter on the floor visible to the adjacent stall.

17. Lower a small mirror underneath the stall wall and adjust it so you can see your neighbor and say, "Peek-a- boo!"

18. Drop a D-cup bra on the floor under the stall wall and sing "Born Free."
By netchicken: posted on 18-12-2002

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