As bloggers and humor writers, we like to joke around a lot about the differences between American pop culture and the styles and fads of our friends in Japan. A few tentacle and panty jokes later, we’re all having a good laugh and we can go back to making fun of Germany’s love for David Hasselhoff. But today I am honestly jealous and in awe of Japan’s most significant and glorious contribution to society to date: Japan made a motorcycle that runs on poop.
Yesterday, in the city of Kitakyushu, the company TOTO – not to be confused with Cajun Boy’s favorite band – unveiled the Toilet Bike Neo, a motorcycle that has a toilet for an engine. And to prove that this was actually part of an incredible green initiative and not some sick joke, TOTO is sending a driver from Kyushu to Tokyo (over 600 miles) to spread green awareness throughout the country. This ride is a part of TOTO’s Toilet Bike Neo Project, which was created to reduce CO2 emissions in Japanese bathrooms by 50% over the next 5 years.
You can follow the voyage of the Toilet Bike Neo on TOTO’s blog (warning: totally in Japanese), and after the jump I have the inception and creation of this amazing leisure vehicle in pictures. All hail the poopcycle!
Here is one of the first designs of the Toilet Bike Neo. Truly something that Leonardo DaVinci and Thomas Edison would have appreciated.
It just looks so complicated and impossible. "There's no way this could actually be built," said constipated critics.
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TOTO has truly made strides in energy conservation and changing the way men look at female motorcycle riders.