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For any wife who’s ever watched her husband disappear into the bathroom and wondered if she’d ever see him again, the issue of exceedingly long bathroom breaks is no joke. Luckily, two guy friends recently invented a practical solution.
It’s called, aptly, the “Toilet Timer,” and it’s an ingenious little device that gives a visual illustration of how long one’s been on the pot, and when it’s time to get off and move on.
Here’s how it works: The Toilet Timer is basically an updated version of an old-school hourglass. But in this case, the sand moves through an illustrated silhouette of a man into the toilet.
After five minutes, the sand has fully transferred, and bathroom time is over.
The Toilet Timer creators, two friends named Adam and Elliot, saw the need for a timer based on personal experience. They decided to raise money for the product via Kickstarter.
According to the fundraising page, the idea for the Toilet Timer “first plopped into Adam’s head when he tried to get off the toilet from an extended bathroom excursion and found that he couldn’t feel his legs. After pulling himself up by the sink and waiting to regain use of his appendages, he thought of something he could keep nearby for when nature called. And thus, the Toilet Timer was born.”
They also made a pretty compelling argument for the timer — get out of the bathroom so you can get stuff done and get on with your life.
“The phrase ‘poop or get off the pot’ is what someone says to you when they think it’s time you made a decision,” according to the Kickstarter page.” The implication is that you stop procrastinating and take action.”
Hey, whatever motivation you need to get stuff done is fine with us!
The two met their $20,000 goal on Kickstarter in 2017. You can now find the Toilet Timer on Amazon for just $16.99.
Kitchen Gadgets That Will Simplify Your Cooking Life
Looking for other cool gadgets that will help simplify your life? We rounded up some of the best kitchen gadgets to have on hand when you’re starving and you still have no clue what to make for dinner.
First, check out this amazing gadget that will cook your bacon — vertically!
1. A WiFi-enabled slow cooker
The closest you’ll probably get to having your own personal chef comes in the form of a slow-cooker. But this isn’t your grandma’s ceramic version. This high-tech model allows you to adjust cooking times and temps from an app, a total meal-saver if you get stuck in a meeting. Basically, all you have to do is put the ingredients in the pot and let it do its meal-prep magic. To get you started, here are 8 clean-eating slow-cooker recipes that will save you calories as well as time.
Buy it now: WiFi-enabled slow-cooker, $60.84
2. Dash Deluxe Egg Cooker
This egg-cooking gadget can work year-round and around the clock, prepping omelets, poaching eggs and making hard or soft boiled eggs to add a punch of protein to your lunch or dinner salads.
Buy it now: Dash Deluxe egg cooker, $23.99
3. Breakfast sandwich maker
You can make breakfast sandwiches with this gadget in five minutes, which is probably less time than it would take to order at your local bagel shop. Not to mention all the money you save will essentially pay this puppy off in a couple weeks. This all-in-one device will toast your bagel or English muffin, cook your eggs and heat up the meat for your sandwich all at once.
Buy it now: Breakfast sandwich maker with timer, $27.72
4. Rice and hot cereal cooker
This cooker puts in overtime. You can use it in the morning to make slow-cooking oats, grits and hot cereals. Come dinnertime, it can prep your pre-packaged or homemade pasta or rice mixes. You can also use it to make a second round of grits for a hearty shrimp and grits recipe.
Buy it now: Rice and hot cereal cooker, $39.99
5. Fasta Pasta
When you’re oh-my-gosh so hungry, waiting for a pot of water to boil can feel like forever. (You know how the watched pot expression goes.) Enter Fasta Pasta, which will quickly cook your pasta al dente for you in the microwave. You can morph that into a meal with one of these vegetarian pasta recipes, like lemon-asparagus pasta.
Buy it now: Fasta Pasta, $14.99