Man sucked into toilet after reaching for dropped phone

A mercifully unnamed Frenchman got his arm sucked down a fancy train toilet after trying to fish out a cellphone he dropped in it. The BBC:
The high-speed TGV train had to stop for two hours while firemen cut through the train's pipework. The man was carried away by emergency services, with the toilet still attached to his arm.
Is it odd to wonder exactly what sort of phone he had? This reminds me of the graffiti that used to be in practically every public lavatory in England, before they turned England into the set of a Paul Verhoeven movie: "Please do not throw cigarettes in the pissoir. It makes them soggy and difficult to light." Man's arm trapped in train toilet [BBC]

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11 Responses to Man sucked into toilet after reaching for dropped phone

  1. Timefishblue says:

    I think we’ve all read blog posts and blog comments before. We all have that in common.
    Speaking of blogs, why not try reading your favorite blog while drinking Pepsi?

  2. Dewi Morgan says:

    why am I feeling that the beeb got caught out by an urban legend?

    am I begoming too much of a net.skeptic in my old age?

  3. devophill says:

    Timefishblue – Ah-ha…

  4. urshrew says:

    “We’re sorry, sir, but we’re going to have to cut the arm off.”

    “Will it hurt?”



    “Hey, wait, are you still holding onto the can?”

    *Sounds of laughter resound as Homer walks away, rubbing his arm*

  5. Halloween Jack says:

    Jeez, that sounds like the old urban legend about someone getting their intestines sucked out by an airplane toilet.

  6. mujadaddy says:

    …which Paul Verhoeven movie does London look like?

  7. mujadaddy says:

    Rob: Even Showgirls? Crazy…

  8. Itsumishi says:

    “Arhh! All this astroturfing has given me a headache.”

    “why don’t you take a nuprin?”

    “wow, nuprin. Little. Yellow. Different.”

  9. Rob Beschizza says:

    All of them!

  10. Not a Doktor says:

    it has touch screen capabiltes even while closed

    but dose it respond to fecal matter?

  11. aluxeterna says:

    Calisurfing…don’t you mean astroturfing? Nice try. But hey, welcome to the website. I know this is your first comment and all, but I’m sure with practice you’ll be able to make your product shilling less obvious than it is right now.

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