A London man has come up with a piddling invention that could revolutionize toilet training for children -- by setting it to music.
A London man has come up with a piddling invention that could revolutionize toilet training for children -- by setting it to music. When Mr. Maurice Shaw, a London "cabbie", is not driving his taxi, he's busy perfecting the musical chamber pot he has invented. As the child urinates, the liquid completes an electrical circuit at the bottom of the pot, starting up a battery powered performance of the song How Much is That Doggie in the Window.
It sounds like the end of all invention stories, but according to Mr. Shaw his musical potty actually works. Problem children, who don't acquire the British passion for regular bowel movements at an early age, are apparently encouraged by the sound of music.
Mr. Shaw had some trouble toilet training one of his own sons, and that set him to thinking about his invention. He got a chance to test the prototype musical potty when one of his brother's children also proved difficult. coverage includes Mr. Shaw's own explanation of his invention:
It has take three years to perfect the pot as a marketable product. Manufacturers were politely interested, but did not take up the idea. So Mr. Shaw set out to oversee the manufacture himself. Now he's ready for his first big exhibition of domestic goods, and he's hoping for interest in home and foreign Markets. The first 5,000 pots are about to go on sale, at a cost of under GBP 7(17 dollars) each.
Mr. Shaw is now busy producing a concert-sized potty, capable of producing two additional tunes. It could revolutionise the concept of chamber music.