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Pocket urinals hit the streets of Cologne
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Pocket urinals hit the streets of Cologne

Published: 15 Aug 2012 08:00 GMT+02:00
Updated: 15 Aug 2012 08:00 GMT+02:00

Wee-splattered paving stones and smelly park corners could soon be a thing of the past in the proud, ancient city of Cologne, where a German company has begun marketing its "pocket urinal."

The disposable single-use urinal has been developed to answer the call of nature when public conveniences are, well, inconvenient.

The Adamus weighs just 26 grammes and can be folded into a handy 13x10cm rectangle for today's incontinent on the go. It holds up to three-quarters of a litre of liquid.

Men get a hole, six centimetres in diameter, through which to direct their golden streams of waste fluid, while the lucky ladies get an extra funnel attachment, coloured pink and catchily named "Pippi Lissi."

Once filled, the pocket toilet is designed to be sealed and thrown into a bin without spillage. "I can turn it upside down and none falls out," Adamus marketing director Karsten Nordhausen promised The Local.

The bags, which cost €1.49 for a single or €129 for a 100-pack, contain super-absorbent polymer crystals, which can absorb "1,000 times their own volume in liquid," according to Nordhausen. These crystals then turn the liquid into an odour-free gel within 20-30 seconds.

But he offered a word of warning about the urinal's capacity. "Three-quarters of a litre is plenty for everyday use," he said. "But some people with, shall we say, trained beer bladders might need to be careful."

Adamus originally marketed the urinal as an emergency product for "people in hot-air balloons, crane drivers, truck drivers," but recent political developments in the city have played into the firm's hands.

"The urine stink is a big problem in Cologne, especially round Karneval time," he said. "So we picked up this political issue and decided to use it for our promotion."

Nordhausen has since taken to handing out his disposable bags at major events like the public viewing venues during the European Championships. He has also been offering demonstrations - with water.

"I was hanging round near the bushes at Christopher Street Day and other street festivals, and when people disappeared, I caught them coming out," he told The Local. "And then I said, 'Here, for next time.' "

"It'd also be really good for young people going to festivals," he added.

"Cologne stinks to high heaven, it's a good idea," punter Karl-Heinz Zimmer told Monday's Express newspaper.

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Your comments about this article

11:29 August 15, 2012 by JDee
what a terrible idea
13:25 August 15, 2012 by Wilfre73d
I wonder when the female version of this is going to hit the markets. I have seen them around bushes every now and then. Just saying....
13:55 August 15, 2012 by Steve1949
The price of this gadget has already doomed it's success. Not too hard for a guy to use but can you imagine seeing a woman trying to line this up so she doesn't soak her panties.
15:03 August 15, 2012 by zeddriver
@Wilfre73d, Steve1949

I don't think the cost is that bad. If I have "to go" and pop into a place of business. They will usually ask for one Euro. Or point out the the WC is for kunden only. I have never been turned away in America when I've asked a business for the use of the WC.

The article clearly points out that there is an apparatus for the ladies.
16:16 August 15, 2012 by Steviegee
Are you taking the pizz (LOL)
12:00 August 16, 2012 by indian_korbach
Looks like Adamus will be a big hit in the Oktoberfest. Get one Adamus free with every third beer and you can pee in glory! Why bother getting out of the tent when you are tipsy..
12:59 August 17, 2012 by coyote3000
How about building more free public toilets like cities in other countries do instead? I think this would be a much better solution for getting rid of the smell of pee that permeates the air near doorways, bridges, bins, and trees in most German cities.
03:06 August 18, 2012 by yuri_nahl
I thought of this years ago.The Popiel Pocket Urinal.
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