Have you ever noticed the juvenile bathroom references that seem to pop up in the most unexpected places? It first hit home for me when I was in graduate school and someone commented that after earning a B.S., an M.S. is more of the same and a Ph.D. is piled higher and deeper.
It’s no surprise that excrement can be a source of entertainment. Last year, I reported on a cow pie throwing contest (it’s not really pie) and showed a picture of a Turd Bird souvenir. People actually pay for these things!
When the Segway was introduced, they called it the Segway Human Transporter (SHT). I was excited by this new development and hoped to one day have my own SHT. It was so small, I could park my SHT anywhere but was concerned that someone might steal my SHT. I carried the joke for quite a while and for me it never got old.
Toyota has a division called TRD (Toyota Racing Development). That’s funny by itself, but in their brochure they show a picture of a Scion next to the caption: “TRD I am going to be big”. How does it know and doesn’t anybody screen this stuff?
The latest advancement along these lines is a pooping robot. Ecobots, as they’re called, eat organic matter, digest it and then eliminate the waste. They have great potential for recycling, sanitation and energy.
I love new technology and can’t wait until I have my own Ecobot. I’d like one that looks like SHT and is advanced enough to be in TRD. The only downside – with dogs who have to go out on a regular basis, I’m not looking forward to walking it.
May the farce be with you.