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    A London man has come up with a piddling invention that could revolutionize toilet training for children -- by setting it to music.

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    MV Children playing on floor, mother walks in with pot in hand and seats child upon it (MUSIC IN AT 20 FEET)

    MV Mr. Shaw speaks to reporter

    CU Toddler sitting on pot which plays "How much is that Doggis in the Window"

    "As the baby sits on the pot, and does something on the bottom of the pot there are two inserts -- that is, two studs -- at the bottom of the pot. These two studs here. Yes, these two studs at the bottom of the pot make a contact. As soon as the baby does something in it, that contact goes across these two studs, which is connected to a musical box which is underneath the potty. Then also there's a cover over the top of it to make it completely waterproof. As you pull the cover off, you've got a switch underneath. And the baby sits on the switch, sits on the potty, which presses the switch on, so as soon as the baby gets off the potty, when it has performed on the potty, the music stops immediately."

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    Background: 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.

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