Today We Play, What the Hell IS This?


I’ll make it easy on you.

Three guesses what the design team members of John Takamura and Dosun Shin, College of Design faculty members, and Tamara Christensen and Dean Bacalzo, Master of Science in Design students at Arizona State University wasted their time designing to win some stupid “breaking rules” competition.

1.  Blue Man Groups latest musical instrument

2. Shrek’s Bidet

3. Yoga Toilet

Give up? I should make this a real contest but I want to embarrass the dumb asses listed above because they consider this a “transgenerational” innovation.

Read this crap…

appropriate aesthetics, design innovation, ecological responsibility and market and user benefits.

which is pure bullshit. They spent an entire semester, 15 weeks, to design this turd of a concept.

Yeah, it’s a a bunch of ca-ca all right.


The Flo™ toilet is an ergonomic, sustainable design concept for baby boomers that functions like a squat toilet. Designers maintain that using the Flo™ toilet is akin to yoga – by building and strengthening abdominal and back muscles.

Oh, yeah? Let me tell you about using a squat toilettes. Paris has a few public ones. I needed to go. I didn’t know it was a squat toilette (stoop and poop) until I had already deposited by 20 centavos, or whatever those tiny Paris/Euro coins are called.

It was a self cleaning deal.  I’m inside, the door has slammed shut like Capone’s Vault and Geraldo is on the way. Then I see the hole in the floor.  I’ve got a turtle head going, so there is no turning back.

Poopsocking was not an option.

I try to squat, but a thoroughly osteoarthritic knee only bendable to about 120 degrees, keeps me hovering two feet above the four inch hole.

This affliction keeps my pants well in the line of fire.

I was sure as soon as I got half-naked, to get my pants out of harm’s way, the door would rotate open and the metro would have just arrived with a bunch of Japanese school children. (French kids wouldn’t bat a beret.)

So I leaned against the wall.

Luckily these self cleaning toilets are spotless. Otherwise the floor would have been slippery, my shoes would have slid and my butt would have hit the hole with my legs splayed out in front of me.

Which actually would have been a better in the long run.

I’ll spare you the rest of the details, you’re already way ahead of my story anyway. Downtown Julie Brown would have been proud of my creation.

Lemme tell ya, if any new toilet design comes around, let it be this one.


Yeah, the one where I can make motorcycle noises and face a television screen.

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Today We Play, What the Hell IS This? — 10 Comments

  1. Loved your Paris toilet encounter! I suppose there’s a reason why toilets have been the same for years – it’s a damn good design. I wish people would stop trying to better it.

  2. @Mark Tech: Hiya. no, I think it can be improved upon. I like the taller ones and the wider ones because I am taller and wider. And the more powerful ones are good. I don’t mind them playing in the toilet, just don’t try to tell me that a Yoga Toilet is desirable. 🙂

  3. I’d forgot all about power – now that is important! There’s nothing worse than using somebody else’s toilet and having a blockage situation. Think I had to use someone’s shampoo bottle once to clear a stubborn log!

    Mark Tech…also wrote this…Silver PS3 looking less likely

  4. @kingdavid: Excellent point on the Feng Shui.

    All the world’s a toilet (if your a guy or young girl.)

    @Tam Dunce Techie: Sure, for you, the blue loo us $82.98 installed. The Pepe LePew Loo is $7898 Euros with free shipping, and the Vroom Vroom Loo is $666 (tv not included)

    GoingLikeSixty…also wrote this…Today We Play, What the Hell IS This?

  5. Loved your Parisian toilettes story! In 3 years in Paris, I never used one of those automatic ones, even the free ones– they scared me. I usually just found a crowded cafe, walked in as if a were looking for a friend, and slipped downstairs to the Jeanne d’Arc.

    Next time you go to Paris, keep this on your Blackberry

    Polly-Vous Francais…also wrote this…Rendezvous in Paris, 1978

  6. I want to have the blue toilet bowl in the future. I am just wondering about the price of each bowl. Do you know it? Thanks!