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Gentlemen, your toilet would like a word with you

  • Novel way to prevent drunk driving: Talking urinal discs
  • Used in restaurants, devices suggest calling friend or cab
  • ... and that you wash your hands when you're done
Gentlemen, your toilet would like a word with you

"Hey, am I drunk or did that urinal just talk to me?"

Yes. And yes.

In a unique bid to cut down on drunk driving, Michigan State Police is hooking up with a company that makes "interactive urinal communicators" (read: talking urinal cakes) to try and talk some sense into men in four counties while they're in a restaurant restroom.

The urinal cakes -- incidentally, the worst of all cakes -- can be programmed to deliver any kind of message. In this case, they tell potentially tipsy patrons: "Listen up. That's right, I'm talking to you. Had a few drinks? Maybe a few too many? Then do yourself and everyone else a favor: Call a sober friend or a cab. Oh, and don't forget to wash your hands."

Nice. It's looking out for your hygiene too. And if your toilet is going to talk to you in the first place, that's a much better thing to hear than some of the other options. For instance, "You might want a doctor to look at that." Or, "What was that -- Bud Light?"

The chatty urinal caddies cost $21 each and will be paid for with federal traffic safety funds, according to the Detroit News.

The company that makes them says the devices are also available with flashing lights and are activated by motion, not moisture -- but they do point out that they're waterproof.

That's a relief!

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