The 2007 Cabel Yay! Awards: Addendum

Best Worst Invention: Sani-Seat
Have you ever seen these before? I know they tried their best. But, if my experience here at Chicago's O'Hare Airport this summer is anything to go by, they, uh, failed. Is it just me, or is a weird, torn, and half-covered plastic toilet seat way worse than a regular one?

(Love the FAQ: What happens if someone discharges on the entire unit? Weirdly, I think we have the same entry in the FAQ for Unison.)


Are these the ones that are also incredibly short and uncomfortable, feeling somewhat similar to you attempting to use a child's first tiny little potty?
Blogger AgentMunroe 1/04/2008 10:56 AM  
I read the FAQ. The device contains RAZOR BLADES. Are these past the airport security checkpoint?

Yes, I do believe our aviation system is so fragile, Sani-Seat could take down a plane.
Blogger josh 1/04/2008 11:18 AM  
These folks at O'Hare LOVED it!
Anonymous Jason 1/04/2008 1:26 PM  
I actually seek those out! I'm not a clean freak...and don't use those self-applied disposable "gaskets" that come bathrooms have....but I do appreciate this product. Sitting on plastic is reassuring...but I do believe the resulting "ring" is shorter than normal. I haven't encountered one that didn't work, though.
Anonymous Anonymous 1/04/2008 3:02 PM  
And the Braille on the sign says "Wave your hand in front of a sensor you can't see, pray to God that there isn't a discharge, then sit and enjoy!"
Anonymous Craig Hockenberry 1/04/2008 3:06 PM  
Oh god, these are horrifying. I hate them with the passion of a thousand suns. They're that bad - you feel like you're going to fall into the filthy, filthy airport toilet. Easily the worst design for a "self-cleaning" public toilet ever.
OpenID chanson 1/04/2008 4:56 PM  
I'm terrified that the plastic "sani" section is secretly just a recirculating ring. The same, moist piece of Saran Wrap going around, and around, and around...
Anonymous Anonymous 1/04/2008 11:51 PM  
Maybe you really should add that FAQ entry to the Unison FAQ - there sure seem to be a lot of bad reviews about Unison on comp.sys.mac.apps! Users are bound to crap all over a news client with filtering that broken! ; )
Anonymous Anonymous 1/06/2008 1:51 PM  
Anonymous: That was an incredible segue, but I would instead recommend sending an e-mail to Unison support so we know what's going on. Thanks! :)
Blogger Cabel 1/06/2008 2:02 PM  
Goodness. I absolutely love the music and the erratic hand motions, Cabel. Thanks for the uncontrollable laughter!
- Joe
Blogger 1/07/2008 10:36 AM  
I just saw these seats when I flew to ORD a few weeks ago. This is why I use the President's Club/Northwest World Club at O'Hare.
Blogger Stephan 1/07/2008 1:08 PM  
These things are pretty common at "upscale" establishments in China. Given the lack of attention lavished on NON-mechanical Western-style toilets in China, I would usually seek out a Chinese squat toilet in preference to these things.

They also formed an unpleasant association in my mind with other Chinese substitutions of disposable plastic for actual hygiene, such as downscale noodle vendors who, instead of washing noodle bowls, would instead line them with disposable plastic.
Blogger Paul Souders 1/09/2008 6:47 AM  

What camera did you use?
Anonymous Anonymous 1/09/2008 1:20 PM  
I hate to think of the blind person having to feel up the bathroom wall to read about the operation of this thing.
Blogger Toast Radio 1/18/2008 3:21 AM  
Oh my god, that's terrible. I'd rather go in the woods... :-) but I think you HAVE to use that stuff since you are trapped into the airport gate area.

By the way, I think the ones zefrank found some time ago are a tad more functional. :-)
Anonymous er-minio 1/18/2008 3:54 AM  
LOL, you have to check out this Swedish commercial on the self cleaning toilet. I suspect we will not see it in the US.
Blogger CB Resident 4/24/2008 5:16 PM  

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