人生は五十歳から始まる。

(jinsei wa gojuusai kara hajimaru)

I fell into a burnin’ ring of fire !!!

Posted by redracer on April 18, 2007

POP quiz folks – TOTO is the name of …

  1. a character from the Wizard of OZ ?
  2. a US progressive rock group ?
  3. Japan’s leading toilet maker, around since 1917 ?

In this case the correct answer is (3). It has been announced that Toto is offering free repairs to 180,000 toilets after some of them have caught fire !!!

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How can a toilet catch on fire when it is full of water, you may be asking, unless you have just delivered the remains of a very potent Beef Vindaloo ? Actually many Japanese toilets (other than the old style where you squat on the ground) have heated seats, bidet flushers, hot air driers, deodorizers, automatically opening/closing seats and more controls to operate all of these functions than the flight deck of a 747. They also have a ‘washlet’ on the top, so that you can wash your hands in the water that is used to flush the toilet before it goes down into the bowl. Very clever, these Japanese – see the link for all the fascinating details !!!

In this case there have been 3 incidents of the electric bidet accessory in Toto’s Z series catching fire. Fortunately no-one was using the toilet in each of these incidents, so there were no injuries. A company spokeswoman said that the fire would have been right under your buttocks.

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PS – apologies to any Johnny Cash fans out there …

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