Saturday, 26 September 2009

Could you, would you, use The Ladybag?

We all know how efficient Germans are, and even though it seems like a cliché they really are that efficient.  I feel able to speak with some authority on the subject because I worked as an au-pair in Germany for 2 years when I was younger (that's another story...) and they are nothing if not pragmatic.  I knew the Germanic way of life was getting to me the day I waited for a train and complained to the guard when it was a whole 2 minutes late.  I know, and I'm from the land of British Rail or whatever it is now, where you're grateful for the train actually turning up on the same day. 

Along with being stereotypically practical and pünktlich Germans are also often labelled with other characteristics, such as being humourless.   I'd have to say no to this, although it can take months of practice and a following wind to get a laugh out of a German. And what about them being the most unsexy nation in Europe....er, quite possibly.

So I wasn't so much surprised by the recent promotion of The Ladybag®, more astonished it had taken them so long to spring it onto a bemused world. 


The ad is beside itself with excitement: The Wait Is Over - The First Pocket Urinal for Women!  And you didn't even know you needed one did you? Well, you did and here it is.

The Ladybag contains a gel which can absorb up to 2.2 pints of liquid (ewww...) and can be disposed of easily and without harm to the environment.  "It can be used in cars, or to avoid dirty toilets or at open-air festivals when you don't want to queue. You can just nip round the back of the toilet and use this," Eva Tinter, who invented the Ladybag, told Germany's Der Spiegel magazine.

"There's never been a product like this in this form."  You don't say!

The ad continues:  You can use the ladybag® while standing, sitting or squatting. For clean hands once you're finished, a moist towelette is included. Convenient and clean, from start to finish.

I mean, I get see the point of it and I'm sure it has some very practical uses, but I don't think I'll be rushing out to buy any.  But that's me. What I want to know, dear readers, is whether you will be buying the Ladybag for long car journeys or for when you daughters get caught short?  Do tell, I'm all ears....

P.S.  There is, of course, a male version of the bag.  The Roadbag is already quite popular in Europe and has sold over 400,000 units.  But then men are more anatomically convenient than women aren't they?  And more gross....

19 comments:

sallymandy said...

Hmm. I admit I often need to "go" when there isn't a suitable place for it, but seems like you'd still need a private place to...shall we say..."install" the ladybag, unless you were going to wear one all the time, just in case?

I probably won't be rushing out, either. :)

Nicola said...

How funny. I have used these traveljohns for the boys and apparently they are for men and women alike. Despite having them to hand for the past 3 years at least - and even being in the most desperate of personal circumstances - I never ended up using one myself. I know how bad I am at peeing into any recepticle with a diameter smaller than your average football without covering myself in wee - so I don't think these are for me, despite all the hype!

Audi said...

I agree with Tessa, I'd never have it on hand when I actually needed it. The idea is amusing, and deeply German, but not something I'd run out and buy. And then, they don't really look all that 'pocket-sized,' do they?

Yummy Mummy said...

OMG. I am almost speechless. I can't think of anytime that I would use this v the side of the road. Besides isn't that what your kids diapers are for. Not that I would ever do that. Oh yeah, I've done that!

Thinking of you and you father. Keep us posted.

xoxo
ym

Iota said...

There's also the p-mate. Variation on the theme. Google it.

beingmumbeingme said...

Um, no I don't think so! But thank you for sharing!!

notSupermum said...

Sallymandy - I agree, the ladybag could be quite tricky to use I think. And I can't remember feeling that I needed such a thing.

Nicola, it's a bit difficult when you can't *see* what's going on isn't it?

Tessa - exactly!

Audi, apparently they are in a pack about the size of a small bar of chocolate. Just remember not to get the two mixed up.

Yummy Mummy - nooooooo! You have done that? OMG!

Iota - I googled, and it looks really good actually! I think that's a much better design that the ladybag!

Beingmum - you're welcome! :-)

Insomniac Mummy said...

No. No no no. No no no no no no.

So in short, no.

Did I mention no?

;)

Very Bored Housewife said...

Good Lord! Where exactly would you put the 2.1 lts of urine afterwards, you'd need a big handbag.

Very Bored Housewife said...

Sorry, just re-read - 2.2 pints, that's much better, a slightly smaller handbag needed then...

Jo Beaufoix said...

No. Just no. And my kids wouldn't wee in it, miss m would probably put polly pockets in it and miss e would put lipgloss in it. I couldn't risk that happening. Shiver.

Littlemummy said...

Definitely not, even pee-ing in a bush is more favourable!

Sunday said...

Eeewwww!!!!!!!

Definitely prefer finding a bush or tree to hide behind.

And, I am supposed to be a visual person, but WHAT exactly are the 'sticky-outy' bits on the sides for???

supermom said...

Euwww disgusting!!!

lunarossa said...

That could only have come from Germany!!!! I lived in Germany 8 years but they never stop surprising me! Ciao. A.

Tawny said...

I actually would.....

When I am out walking over fields etc it would have to be better than squatting near a tree or a bush!

getting stuff done said...

given the state of some festival toilet facilities.....

I dunno, the only time ~I really really ne4eded a loo was when our bathroom was being done and we actualywww3 had 3no3333 3 4mm4m56 ggamd byierng6 6h6el7ped wiht8 8th8e 888tyupe87i7ng yheryetr 7

notSupermum said...

Insomniac Mummy - is that a no then?

VBH - but who's gonna wee 2.2 pints of liquid? An elephant?

Jo, yes I can imagine they would be used for something else too. Ewww...

Littlemummy - perhaps it should come with a blow up bush to hide behind?

Sunday - I wondered if it was supposed to look like a fig leaf?

Supermom - (my alter ego) exactly!

Antonella - yep, those Germans know how to surprise us still!

Tawny - hi there, long time no see! We have a taker! But then you are made of sturdy stuff with all your outdoor guiding and stuff!

Get Stuff Done - interesting message, could you repeat the last bit I didn't quite catch it....

karen said...

For Gads sake, just pull over and go in the bushes! This would be such a mess to use. I used to keep an inflatable potty in the car in case my kids and I got stuck in traffic...