NASA Wants You To Design a New Space Toilet
Astronaut is a sort of "go-to" career for kids when asked "what do you want to be when you grow up." Sure, cop, fireman & radio DJ are always in the mix (or should be at least) but the romanticized vision of walking on the moon or floating through space has kept this profession at the top of the list for kiddos.
But consider this...where do you poop?
That question alone could be the thing that stops this reporter from traveling into space. Let's pretend I'm smart enough. Let's pretend I have the stomach for those spinning training rides. Let's pretend I'm not claustrophobic and would go nuts just floating through those tiny cavernous tubes they call home for far too long.
Let's pretend I have what it takes to be a great astronaut and they're finally giving my my badge or helmet or diploma and the ruben pizza (sauerkraut and corned beef) I had the night before rears it's ugly head.
I freeze as I walk onto the steps to load into the space shuttle and ask..."Where do you poop?"
Because THIS is where you pee. It's either a diaper or this condom looking thing. (I'd totally tie it off and throw it at my fellow astronaut by the way.
But pooping happens. And this is how you do it. You sit on this trash compactor looking contraption with a funny for your ding-a-ling.
So, if you can come up with a better way (there's GOT to be a better way) you could get up to $20,000 for your idea.
More importantly, you'll be an American hero!