Draw the curtain, I gotta go

Ever been stuck in traffic with a full bladder and no restroom in sight? It’s no fun, really, especially when there are too many cars around you, you can’t go discreetly behind a tree — and too many passengers in your car, you can’t grab that empty bottle on the floor.

Thankfully, a Japanese company, Kaneko Sangyo Co., has given a lot of thought to the problem.

The manufacturer of plastic car accessories drew back the curtain on Tuesday
on its new portable toilet for cars.

The toilet comes with a curtain large enough to conceal users and a plastic bag to
collect waste.

"The commode will come in handy during major disasters such as earthquakes or
when you are caught in a traffic jam," a company official told reporters,
according to Kyodo News.

Japan is situated on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" and accounts for about 20
percent of the world’s earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater.

Drivers stranded by tectonic movements or stuck in tailbacks simply assemble
the cardboard toilet bowl, fit a water-absorbent sheet inside and draw round the
curtain. [Link]

I don’t understand how it would help during earthquakes. I mean, if I have a full bladder and there’s a major earthquake, I’m not going to wait to draw a curtain.

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