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Saturday, August 21, 2004


Efficiency

"...German men are being shamed into urinating while sitting down by a gadget which is saving millions of women from cleaning up in the bathroom after them.

The WC ghost, a �6 voice-alarm, reprimands men for standing at the lavatory pan. It is triggered when the seat is lifted. The battery-operated devices are attached to the seats and deliver stern warnings to those who attempt to stand and urinate (known as "Stehpinkeln").

"Hey, stand-peeing is not allowed here and will be punished with fines, so if you don't want any trouble, you'd best sit down," one of the devices orders in a voice impersonating the German leader, Chancellor Gerhard Schroder. Another has a voice similar to that of his predecessor, Helmut Kohl."

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-- umair // 12:48 AM // 2 comments


Comments:

A person reading over my shoulder, who doesn't need to be identified as my husband Neil, reacts that his response would be to pee on the gadget and short circuit it.
// Blogger Shaula Evans // 4:13 AM
 

ha ha. nice one neil.
// Blogger umair // 2:16 AM
 
 

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