The fact that two-thirds of Americans are overweight inspired two Californian entrepreneurs to design a larger, stronger, and more durable toilet seat: “Big John”.
“As we say, ‘Your butt’s not too big, your seat’s too small,’” said “Big John” creator Scott R. Kramer.
Scott Kramer and his partner John Weisman are in the bathroom business.
Their idea, the “Big John”, is a sort of a ‘big ‘n’ tall seat’ for public restrooms, hospitals and health care facilities. While normal toilet seats are 13 inches (33 cm) wide, a “Big John” measures 19 inches ( 48 cm).
Since the launch of the Big John 5 years ago, revenues have skyrocketed: they’re up 60 per cent in 2009, both in the US and abroad.
Retail costs for a “Big John” seat cover range between US$ 158 to US$ 178, but you can buy one (new I hope) from Amazon.com for as low as US$ 107.
“Big butts” don’t only require a bigger toilet seat, but also more support. That’s why there is also a ‘Big John Toilet Support” that can increase the weight capacity of a wall-mounted toilet from the standard 300 lbs (136 kg) to 1,000 lbs (453 kg). It also helps avoid lawsuits, the web site adds.
““My husband required a little more room and he was breaking many toilet seats a year. The Big John put an end to that. Well Done.” [web site testimonial from a happy Estelle L. Manchester, England]
Web site: Big John Toilet Seat and Support
Source: NBC News / WOAI.com, 30 Nov 2009