Steve Marshall vividly remembers the night he was terrorized by a toilet.
"When I approached the toilet, the lid lifted automatically," said Marshall. "Then, as I stood in front of it, the seat also lifted. All I could think was, whoa...haunted bathroom! I just could not urinate for fear of what might happen next."
Exposure, at least of the unexpected sort, is exactly the problem with high-tech toilets, said Nathan Cohen, a British tattooist. ¶ Cohen encountered a Toto toilet during a convention for skin artists recently held in Tokyo. ¶ "So there I am, sitting on this sleek-looking loo, idly punching the buttons on this little panel next to the toilet, and all of a sudden my bum is right smack in the middle of the perfect storm," he said. ¶ "Things are spraying, sloshing, squirting and swooshing. The theme from Jaws suddenly starts playing in my head, and I tell you I retracted my personal parts from that toilet very quickly," Cohen said. ¶ "I see buttons, I press buttons," said Cohen. "And sometimes randomly pushing buttons does have unpleasant consequences — but I never expected it to provoke a full-scale attack by a toilet."