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July 13, 2007 9:06 PM   Subscribe

The Bladder Buddy. You can thank ABC's American Inventor for this.
posted by metasonix (30 comments total)

 
One used to be able to buy men's urinary catheters in any drugstore. They disappeared many years ago. Why?
posted by metasonix at 9:09 PM on July 13, 2007


LOL (from the video's comments):

FLCLRVDFan (1 day ago)
He sounds like a cross between John Leguizamo and Christopher Walken.

posted by HyperBlue at 9:15 PM on July 13, 2007


Thanks, Stadium Pal!
posted by L. Fitzgerald Sjoberg at 9:20 PM on July 13, 2007


"It's like... uhhh... yer Count Dracula... yer a popsicle... I dunno what the Hell you ahhh...."

Well now, that's a clear, constructive explanation of why you don't like the guy's public peeing invention!

On preview: I almost linked to that David Sedaris' monologue!
Gotta say, the Leguizamo/Walken comment was pretty dead on.

posted by miss lynnster at 9:25 PM on July 13, 2007


Leather with rhinestones! This man's a genius!
posted by vacapinta at 9:32 PM on July 13, 2007


Is the fact that I'm metafiltering from the deadest part of the 101, using a cell phone as a modem, listening to Me Talk Pretty One Day which I'm burning from mp3s one disc at a time on my laptop which is located on my very full bladder, which is suffering the effects of coffee procured from a Starbucks drive thru in King City an example of syncronicity adequate enough to finally justify this normalization of this last piece of the travel technology puzzle?
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 9:44 PM on July 13, 2007 [1 favorite]


Yes, where are the damn urinary catheters! Why has no one looked into this???????
posted by grytpype at 9:56 PM on July 13, 2007


You mean I don't have to be sitting in a puddle of my own urine right now?
posted by mazola at 9:59 PM on July 13, 2007 [1 favorite]


"It's like... uhhh... yer Count Dracula... yer a popsicle... I dunno what the Hell you ahhh...."

Well now, that's a clear, constructive explanation of why you don't like the guy's public peeing invention!


Ha! Actually... that is a very accurate description of the appearance of the user, and all I would need to know to decide... nah!

"They knew I was doing something unusual."

I bet they did! And I bet they pulled their children a little closer.
posted by The Deej at 10:02 PM on July 13, 2007


An attention-getting leather rhinestone bedazzled pee cape with a little funnel thing for the ladies! Jesus, I'm getting a shy kidney just imagining it.

But he looked so wounded, poor soul. Can someone invent a wifi hug-giver to console guys like this?
posted by maryh at 10:09 PM on July 13, 2007


Hey wait a minute! This looks like a time for... MY THERAPY BUDDY!

Hear my voice... everything... is going to be... all... right.
posted by miss lynnster at 10:16 PM on July 13, 2007


The end of that video was altered, by the way. Didn't realize that when I posted it.
posted by miss lynnster at 10:18 PM on July 13, 2007


It's...... okayyyyy..... you are covered by a leather and rhinestone Count Dracula cape.... no one can see you... relaxxxxx your bladder..... it's okayyyy...
posted by The Deej at 10:31 PM on July 13, 2007


Oh no. That Therapy Buddy needs to be rebranded as the Lil' Nurse Ratchet PunchPal, stat.
posted by maryh at 10:34 PM on July 13, 2007


I'd wager that if he had rigged some sort of drainage cone to a La-Z-Boy, he would've gotten instant backing: THE RELIEF PITCHERâ„¢!
posted by rob511 at 11:28 PM on July 13, 2007


See also.
posted by scblackman at 1:23 AM on July 14, 2007



"Why are you carrying that daypack, Stan?"
"I might need to urgently pee when we aren't near a toilet."
"Oh, OK."

posted by Meatbomb at 3:41 AM on July 14, 2007


You can piss on your own leg, but your dressed like it's raining.
posted by The Deej at 7:18 AM on July 14, 2007


If Christopher Walken was pitching the product to me the way that guy was, I would have bought five. Because I would have been scared for my life.

That said, wow, those panel people are real shitholes, aren't they? Can the "nasty people shooting down peoples' dreams" reality shows go away anytime this decade please?
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 7:55 AM on July 14, 2007 [3 favorites]


When someone truly believes in themselves and their idea, they can get into an echo chamber. "I know I'm right, what's wrong with these people?!"

Easy: Coming up with an idea.
Hard: Making it a reality.
Insanely hard: Knowing when to let go of an idea you love.

The trick is making something you like while also making something other people like.

I can make games for myself and my friends. Some of my very best games were just that. But when I learned that the games I make _for a living_ aren't actually for me and that they are for my customers, I became a more successful game designer.
posted by andreaazure at 8:20 AM on July 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


This could work. All you would have to do to use it would be to go somewhere you can't be seen, like behind a tree or into the nearest toilet cubicle. Then you could use it without looking ridiculous. I don't know why people are so down on this idea.
posted by WPW at 8:25 AM on July 14, 2007


Damn you, XQUZYPHYR, I was going to say Christopher Walken would definitely play this guy in the American Inventor movie.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 8:41 AM on July 14, 2007


I actually have a hard time watching that show for just the reasons mentioned above. People are CONSTANTLY talking about how they gave up their jobs and put their life savings into an idea.They are often tragic people who finally found SOMETHING to be passionate about. Something to live for. And they are so hypnotized by it, that it might be good. Their hope & desparation blinds them. But most of them SUCK. It's sad.

Everyone thinks good ideas are easy... because they make so much sense. Most people's ideas are just really pretty bad though. Reality show producers need to thank their lucky stars that people are so oblivious.
posted by miss lynnster at 9:16 AM on July 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


I would have bought one if he'd called it the Pee Muumuu.
posted by dirigibleman at 11:38 AM on July 14, 2007


dirigibleman - how about Peepee Muumuu?
posted by ooga_booga at 12:39 PM on July 14, 2007


No dumber than the glass cock ring.
posted by any major dude at 3:11 PM on July 14, 2007


I'm starting to become a fan of this show...its a lot like American Idol but crushes the human spirit on a much higher level.
posted by samsara at 10:13 PM on July 14, 2007


I love the show. I am not a cruel person, and I don't revel in the crushing of peoples' dreams. But there is something fascinating about trying to get inside the mind of someone who spends so much time on an invention that anyone with any sense just knows is a waste of time. And you wonder why the inventor doesn't realize it, or hasn't been taken aside by concerned loved ones.

They use the old "They laughed at Edison" reasoning, and it's true that many inventions are ahead of their time. But so many of these will never have a "time." In the case of the linked invention: even if there was an epidemic of not enough bathrooms, people are not going to carry a backpack around with a pee-cape in it "just in case." And there are already numerous portable toilet solutions for camping, traveling, etc.

The only thing I can think is that many of these people are just not socialized enough to know what normal human behavior looks like. It certainly seems that way, judging (fairly or not) by their demeanor on the show.

However, you can't always judge by appearance and demeanor, either. The American Inventor Hicks in miss lynnster's above "tragic" link, actually have a decent enough idea to get 2 "yes" votes, and likely would have had a third vote if they were scheduled earlier in the competition. There may be a market for their product, but I don't know if the problem they are solving is common enough to warrant another solution, and if the drawbacks to their solution (difficulty of storage) outweigh the benefits (faster installation, better protection).

Yes, it's tragic to have your dream crushed, but it may be better in the end for certain people to be told explicitly they are wasting their time. Perhaps they have better invention rattling around that they have not spent time on, because the obsession with the unmarketable, unneeded one has taken all their time.
posted by The Deej at 6:59 AM on July 15, 2007


I agree that in a way the show seems to work well as a necessary intervention. But dang, you'd hope some of these people would've had an intervention LONG before they had to hit reality tv for one.
posted by miss lynnster at 7:42 AM on July 15, 2007


But dang, you'd hope some of these people would've had an intervention LONG before they had to hit reality tv for one.

Yeah, that's what weird. Either they don't have a lot of people to give them input, or they don't listen, due to the "they called Edison crazy, too" belief. Also, many people may not feel it's their business or their place to be confrontational. I know of many times when an acquaintance will mention some hare-brained scheme, and I just smile and nod. I guess I would feel bad if they showed up on American Inventor and got ripped on TV.
posted by The Deej at 10:08 AM on July 15, 2007


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