Dreaming up strange inventions: The combination urinal/bidet/washing machine


I dreamed that a friend of mine was showing me her new appliance: A combination urinal/bidet/washing machine. As we loaded clothes into it, she said, "You okay in there, Stephanie?"

A muffled voice emerged from within: "Just let me know when you're ready."

Comments (13)
  1. To be honest, I don't think that it would be a huge commercial success. :-)

    (incidentally, are bidets actually widespread in North America? I thought they were mostly a southern-european thing…)

  2. Entegy says:

    TIL what a bidet is and am now wondering why they aren't more common.

    However, the first thing that sprung to mind when I read the title was the OpenLaundry API. http://openlaundryapi.org/ I still can't figure out whether or not this is a joke or not.

  3. Chris B says:

    Just think what a nightmare this must have been for Stephanie!

  4. Some authors publish surreal stories that are less amazing than Raymond's dreams. Maybe a collection of scenes from those dreams would make a good book – and one that I could recommend to my relatives. It is not that the tales from the days when Windows 95 was called Chicago aren't interesting enough – but I guess they wouldn't be enjoyed by my brother-in-law :-) .

  5. Chorizo.Omelet says:

    Just because you can doesn't mean you should…

  6. GrumpyYoungMan says:

    More reasonable than you might think; see en.wikipedia.org/…/Greywater.  The photo of the sink/toilet there is particularly thought provoking.

  7. Gabe says:

    I've been to many parts of the USA and Canada, and I don't think I've ever seen a bidet in person. I would say that bidets are extremely uncommon in North America.

  8. Brian_EE says:

    @Entegy: I don't know if that site is real, but I was watching an episode of "Ask This Old House" on PBS (here in USA) and the plumbing/heating/appliance expert Rich was telling about smart appliances that can speak trouble codes via telephone so that the homeowner can save a maintenance call for simple things like a plugged vent hose.

  9. Silly says:

    @Entegy – that's neat. I can't wait until the day when my white goods can join some giant distributed 'seti@home' thing in their spare cycles.

    Anyways, sounds like Stephanie has a sh*t job… the only satisfaction I can see her having would be in bidet mode: firing off the garden hose at full blast without warning.

  10. cheong00 says:

    @Entegy: I'd expect controlling washing/drying machine would be about the same difficulty as controlling a coffee machine.

  11. Neil says:

    I don't know about a washing machine but I can imagine combining a bidet with a urinal would make it more popular.

  12. Mr. Clean says:

    Gee, Raymond, it was just a while back that you were writing about the deceptive lines on detergent measuring scoops (blogs.msdn.com/…/695515.aspx). I think I'd fill the scoop to the brim and beyond for this device. Poor Stephanie can probably use all the help she can get.

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