10 Oct '11, 6pm
Talking motorbike runs on poop. That is all.
Here's a bike that runs on biogas from human poo, writes messages in the air, plays music, and features a talking toilet. Is it even worth making jokes about this? Is it even POSSIBLE? The bike is made by Japanese toilet manufacturer TOTO , and thankfully it does not appear to be headed for mass production -- it's a publicity tool to help TOTO raise environmental awareness. The company hopes its green initiatives will help reduce CO2 emissions in bathrooms by 50 percent by 2017 (no word on methane emissions). The bike is intended to draw attention to these environmental goals, and in service of that, it will be making a month-long trip from Kyushu to Tokyo with pit stops to educate folks on green issues. Truly, it's hard to think of a better way to get attention than a talking, singing, message-flashing poop bike on a road trip.