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Talking Urinal Cakes Discourage Drunks, Deliver Urgent Messages

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It's the perfect place to reach those who are spiraling down that path to drunkenness: a urinal, where guys who are merely renting beer are returning its effervescent byproducts whence they came. The weird thing is, this urinal cake actually talks. As soon as it senses motion, a disembodied voiceover babe talks to your penis thusly:

"Hey there, big guy. Having a few drinks? It's time to call a cab or ask a sober friend for a ride home."

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Good message, but what an odd medium to deliver it! Captive audience, indeed. But we see all this urinal-based nagging as a slippery slope. Next, these little piss catchers will be singing us beer jingles.

DWI message finds home in urinal [Free Newmexican, via CrunchGear]

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DISCUSSION

I think a more efficient and cost effective approach would be doing something I saw in a bar in DC the other day.

A motion sensing poster on the wall (the kind where the bar rents out ad space). This particular ad was for Ricky Bobby, and it was a little creepy, especially when you aren't expecting it.

I just can't imagine it being very cost effective to be putting all of this technology into something that is designed to be disposable. I mean, urinal cakes literally melt away, so is there somebody that has to take the remains of the old urinal cake and replace it with the new one?

Not very fun.