Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Pimp My John
When you gotta go, this is definitely the way: The "Pimped Out John" toilet, designed by plumbing service Roto-Rooter, comes equipped with a Philips 20-inch flat panel TV, an Xbox 360 gaming system, a DVD player, a laptop computer with a robot arm, a TiVo and an iPod toilet-paper dispenser docking station.
And if that's not enough to help you wile away the hours, there's a bike pedal exercise system and electric cup warmer and cooler. Lastly, this $5,000 customized crapper comes with a fridge, beer tap and coffee warmer, so you'll always feel like "going."
The one-of-a-kind toilet will go to the winner of Roto-Rooter's online sweepstakes drawing April 25, National Plumber's Day.
"We were trying to think of a way to reach out to younger potential customers," said spokesman Paul Abrams. "Their parents and grandparents grew up on our jingle - 'Call Roto-Rooter, that's the name, and away go troubles down the drain' - but younger people are so distracted by different media, we thought that's exactly what we should put on.
"We were brainstorming the idea, 'What if we created the ultimate toilet and you would never have to leave the toilet?' " Abrams said, explaining that the average person spends 11,862 hours - or one year, four months and five days - in the bathroom.
"Some of the names we came up with is 'Pimped Out Potty' or 'Pimp My Potty' and 'Super Toilet.' This one rose to the top. It had a nice ring to it," he said.
"I got to sit in the cockpit and take it for a ride. I had a blast in it."
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CYNTHIA R. FAGEN
NYPost, January 26, 2007
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