A hot tub built into a 1969 Cadillac Coupe DeVille — both fully functioning. Its creators are taking it to the Bonneville Salt Flats next month to get it officially recognized as the world's fastest hot tub. More info here
Back in 1996, two East German entrepreneurs came up with the idea of converting old telephone booths into shower stalls. They plumbed up two booths and sold them for 4000 marks each. However, their idea ran aground when Deutsche Telekom refused to sell them any more old booths, fearing that, in the words of their spokesman, "It would be problematic if someone wanted to make an emergency call and ran into the booth that was actually a shower."
My German grandfather often used to say, "Ich bin kein Dukatenscheisser." (I don't s**t money.) But if he had this roll of toilet paper
, he could have wiped with money. Or rather, gold.
It's 6-layer toilet paper embossed with 24-karat gold plate. It comes in 2 versions: either with the words 'Happy Birthday' or an Alpine rose embossed on it. Yours for only 178.50 Euros ($245, according to my desktop currency converter).
From the Victorian period. Looks like it would have been kinda fun. [source: The Virtual Victorian
For couples who don't like to swap any germs.
This new bath tub offers in the Wellness area the possibility of bathing together, yet separately. The form of the tub is reminiscent of the Chinese symbol Yin and Yang, which expresses the constant change of the opposites. The tub edge is drawn down in the middle so that the common bathing experience can be intensified.
TOGETHER, YET INDIVIDUALLY.
Each bather has her/his own bathing water. Temperature, bathing additives and the colour of the light can be chosen individually. Also in terms of hygiene, the separation of the bathing water is an optimal solution.
Add this to the 'inventions that flopped' folder. Susan Flynn, 20, gets ready to enjoy the "Turkobath" (i.e. a portable Turkish bath). This 1956 invention consisted of "a slotted plastic sheet with rubber suction cups that turn an ordinary home bathtub into a steam cabinet."
I can imagine that as the bath water cooled, you were left with a cold piece of plastic wrapped around you.
A predecessor to our famous fellow who attached his lawn chair to balloons.
Soap dust was one of the things people had to deal with in the days before liquid detergent became more common.
It got up your nose:
Plus, it was explosive:
Ludwick Marishane, inventor of DryBath Bath-substituting™ skin gel, has been trying to raise money to promote the DryBath™ No-Bathing Weekend
. The idea is that you buy his DryBath sachets and simultaneously pledge not to wash with water for a couple of days. He hopes this will "bring awareness to the billions of people who don’t have water to bathe when their health depends on it."
To sweeten the deal, Ludwick made his own pledge:
I will be matching your donations with a personal pledge to use DryBath™ instead of bathing:
1. If we reach the campaign target of 1 million skipped baths...I will not bathe for 1 month
2. If we skip 2 million baths...I will not bathe for 3 months.
3. If we skip 20 million baths...I will not bathe for a YEAR!
But it looks like Ludwick hoped to raise $500,000 and only got $761. This means (I assume) that he'll continue to be taking baths every day.