January 31

Toilet Finder App!

Help! You’re in the middle of a crowded Tokyo train station and are suddenly hit with a digestive emergency! @トイレ smartphone app to the rescue!

From the folks who brought you “Stoppa,” the stomach remedy especially designed for overdrinking and exam season, behold “@Toilet,” the app that not only directs you to the nearest facilities, it rates them too!

Press the “Emergency” button and a map studded with happy toilet icons showing the nearest commodes pops up on your screen, along with a GPS dot showing where you are so you can see how far you’re going to have to run.

If you’re can wait long enough to be more picky, the Toilet Ranking button awards gold, silver and bronze crowns to the top three nearby privies, then rates the rest right down to the ones that probably belong in the Hall of Shame.

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