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Silence Killer Mystery Image
I received this mystery image via email, and I'm trying to figure out what it is. It may have nothing at all to do with hoaxes or pranks, but I'm wondering if it's some kind of Japanese prank gadget that makes farting noises. Or is it a really badly named perfume spray? I have no idea. Click the image to enlarge.
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Posted by The Curator on Thu Mar 03, 2005
A friend of mine who was an exchange student in Japan for a year told me that Japanese women had devices that diminished the noises they made while on the toilet, though she said they were built into actual public toilets, it's possible that that is something similar.
Posted by Matthieu  in  Australia  on  Thu Mar 03, 2005  at  08:10 PM
Women make noise in the toilet? Just exactly what goes on there? Is it something that could be shown on FOX?
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Thu Mar 03, 2005  at  09:17 PM
Disappointing, but actually, this is an air freshener spray marketed in Japan, and exported regionally. The English product title is a mis-tranlation (what else is new?). It should read 'Scent Killer'. The package shown is a purse size spray can. Who knew Japanese women's farts stink? But then, I guess they all do.
Posted by stork  in  the spiracles of space  on  Thu Mar 03, 2005  at  09:36 PM
I'll see if i can find some of those "Silence Killers" when i go to japan this summer.
i really need "silence killers", get rid of those awkward silences on the bus.
Posted by MrKurto  on  Thu Mar 03, 2005  at  09:44 PM
My wife and I just got back from a vacation in Japan. The public restrooms there (some anyway) had a button in the women's stalls that made a flushing noise when pressed so the ladies could cover the other noises going on in the stall. My wife was a bit confused for a while as to why this was there until a local explained that to us.
Posted by Reinstag  on  Thu Mar 03, 2005  at  10:01 PM
Sorry, meant spray bottle, not spray can in last post. Anyway, what ever will those whacky Japanese come up with next? Perhaps, an anti-Godzilla odor spray?
Posted by stork  in  the spiracles of space  on  Thu Mar 03, 2005  at  10:34 PM
Reinstag said:

"My wife and I just got back from a vacation in Japan. The public restrooms there (some anyway) had a button in the women's stalls that made a flushing noise when pressed so the ladies could cover the other noises going on in the stall."

Uh, why not just FLUSH THE TOILET instead of having an electronic device that makes the sound of a flushing toilet?

For some reason, this reminds me of when I told my Dad about a thing I had seen that consisted of a ballpoint pen with a digital watch built into it. My Dad said, "That's great. Now I can lose my pen and my watch at the same time!" Sometimes, "progress" doesn't equal improvement.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Fri Mar 04, 2005  at  03:45 AM
CMG, women sit to do everything on the toilet. If one flushes the toilet while sitting (to cover noises) one is treated to a cold shower of bacteria-laden water on one's bottom. Not a pleasant experience, and not hygenic.

This is also a problem with over-eager automatic toilet flushing devices.
Posted by cvirtue  in  deleted  on  Fri Mar 04, 2005  at  07:23 AM
Pah, who cares if you make a noise anyway?
Everyone does it.

It's like the new advert for sanitary towels whose USP is quiet, rustle-free wrappers.
rolleyes
The world's going downhill, I swear.
Posted by Boo  in  The Land of the Haggii...  on  Fri Mar 04, 2005  at  07:31 AM
Covering up noises in the women's room?
Jebus...how prissy can you get?
Posted by Gee...  on  Fri Mar 04, 2005  at  01:37 PM
All a cultural thing, I suppose. Frankly, I think it's past time for unisex restrooms. With stalls for everyone, of course, for some measure of privacy.
Posted by P.P.  on  Fri Mar 04, 2005  at  02:04 PM
Perhaps it's time for some women to realize what is natural and human...women who get queasy at the sight of blood (what happens monthly? Do they spend three days passed out?); women who sneeze in such a way they sound like they are squeaking (they look like they may implode), andwomen who insist they don't pass gas (yeah, right. They are just better at the 'one-cheek squeak'.)

I have one acquaintance who does all of the above. And she can't use public facilties if she thinks someone will hear her. Perfomance Anxiety in the rest room? Get over it.
Posted by Karen  in  Pawtucket RI  on  Fri Mar 04, 2005  at  05:24 PM
P.P. - Unisex restrooms are already here and have been for quite some time. Although they aren't very common in the U.S.A. they seem to be quite common in Canada. EVERY nightclub we went to up there had them. My wife and I ran into them all the time up there as far back as 1995. Plus, don't forget that Ally McBeals' lawfirm has a unisex restroom. smile
Posted by Mark-N-Isa  in  Midwest USA  on  Fri Mar 04, 2005  at  05:57 PM
cvirtue said:

"CMG, women sit to do everything on the toilet. If one flushes the toilet while sitting (to cover noises) one is treated to a cold shower of bacteria-laden water on one's bottom. Not a pleasant experience, and not hygenic."

Gee, that's always been half the fun of going to the toilet to me. Seriously, though, yeah, I suppose there's SOME point to that, but it still seems like going WAY out of the way to come up with a technological way to deal with a very minor "problem."

If there HAS to be some kind of audio to cover the undesired sounds, maybe it could be something like a few bars of Barry Manilow singing "Looks like we made it." Or would that be more objectionable than the organic sounds?
Posted by crankymediaguy  on  Fri Mar 04, 2005  at  08:31 PM
As to why they just don't flush instead of having an electronic device that makes a flush noise: well, that's what they originally did.

And so a lot of water was spent just for that noise, until someone invented those electronic things.

Of course one would wonder why then they didn't make an electronic device that made a different sound, maybe some music even. The answer to that, I'm not sure.

I think it was easier to adapt to a device that made a flush sound. And, on thinking about it, if it made a different sound then it would be obvious when people were doing their own bodily noises. That's one of the main factors, I guess, this uncertainty of whether the flush noise is because people are actually flushing and are done or not.

One possible solution to that would be to have all women toilets to have an electronic device that constantly made sound like farts, and so on.

I'm on the process of patenting that idea on Japan. Interested investors can contact me.
Posted by Mori  on  Fri Mar 04, 2005  at  09:41 PM
HAHAHA are you serious mori??
Posted by cass  on  Sat Mar 05, 2005  at  12:02 AM
Glad to hear you have a hobby, CMG.

I agree, a different sound would make a lot more sense. But a flush noise is fairly close to 'white noise' which covers fairly effectively. Maybe crashing surf would do it -- and would help inspire people in their task with thoughts of all that water sloshing and running and....

Er, excuse me, back in a moment!
Posted by cvirtue  on  Sun Mar 06, 2005  at  10:59 AM
This is something we call doo doo drops. 2 drops before you do your business then 2 drops after. and no smell!!
Posted by heidi  in  san fran. calif.  on  Thu Mar 17, 2005  at  02:44 AM
Because if they had music or other sounds, the sound would indicate that there was a womin in there making unwomanly sounds and thus defeat the whole purpose?
Posted by Bearfoot  on  Sat Apr 09, 2005  at  12:51 AM
But would not the repeated constant flushing in the stall next to you kinda tip you off?

And I can just picture the poor person outside the stall, who has to go REALLY BAD, thinking "Ah, they finally flushed! Now why the hell won't they come out?"
LOL
Posted by Rod  in  the land of smarties.  on  Sat Apr 09, 2005  at  01:03 AM
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