Thursday, June 07, 2007

A Butt Shower

When TW came home from Japan last year, she was raving about their toilets. They have this contraption, where instead of using toilet paper, you push a button and a nice warm spray of water will give you a butt shower and then blow warm air on it to dry. Sounds pretty weird to me, but NOS has told me that The B wants one of those contraptions installed on their toilet in their new home when she comes to America. She thinks toilet paper is gross. After seeing the Northwest Airlines toilet yesterday, she has a point.

So, while we were waiting in the terminal yesterday to see if we could get to Seoul on Thursday, TW used the bathroom and came back to report that they had a butt shower in there. I needed to use the bathroom and decided now was an excellent time to try one out.

I won't go into the details, folks, but I'm telling you they don't work. I used the highest pressure, and I made sure to get complete coverage, but luckily, they also had toilet paper available for us barbarians or I would have been up the creek without a paddle, so to speak.

They also had, as an option, the squat down toilet receptacle, which really is a better idea than what we North Americans use. With the squat down you don't have to get cheek to cheek with the previous occupant, who may have left all kinds of invisible cooties. It is not a hole in the floor, at least not in this modern era, it is a perfectly designed porcelain receptacle that you flush after use. I forgot to take a picture, but will try to do so before we leave Asia.

Our hotel has a butt shower in the bathroom, so I did get a picture of that for your viewing pleasure. This one does not have a separate button for spraying a little cologne on your butt after doing your business, unlike the one at the airport. Notice the warning about not trying to use the butt shower unless you're sitting down. Only dumb Americans would need such a warning.


Gnightgirl said...

God. This gets better and better. I can hardly wait to read the next...

kenshenk said...

The warning message is appropo. An American friend of mine didn't know which end was up with this contraption and had his face washed by accident!