Bill Gates To Remake Toilets, Hopes To Avoid Brown Screen Of Death

Photo: Geof Wilson

You know when I saw this story all to old Microsoft jokes just came flooding back…

Microsoft co-founder turned global philanthropist Bill Gates on Tuesday launched a search for a new toilet better suited to developing countries.

The charitable foundation founded by Gates and his wife kicked off a “Reinvent the Toilet Fair” in Seattle and awarded prizes for promising innovations.

“Toilets are extremely important for public health and, when you think of it, even human dignity,” Gates said in a statement at

“The flush toilets we use in the wealthy world are irrelevant, impractical and impossible for 40 percent of the global population, because they often don’t have access to water, and sewers, electricity, and sewage treatment systems.”

Kidding aside, water, plumbing, and electricity are important pieces of the puzzle for a better life in the third world. Anything the Gates Foundation can do is a plus, and making it a competition plays to the best in entrepreneurial spirit.

Maybe while they’re at it they can fix the millions of potential exploding toilets in the United States…

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