Some amazing toilet advances from around the world:

1. An amazingly-private public toilet from a street corner in Basle, Switzerland (via digg).

2. A friendlier Japanese toilet that not only flips the lid up when you approach, and warms the seat for you to your desired bum temperature, but also plays your favorite mp3's AND analyzes your urine. The porcelain god also takes your weight to monitor your health, then advises you on your diet. (via NY1)

magic cone.jpg3. The Magic Cone: a curious disposable funnel created so women can relieve themselves standing up (instead of hovering precariously over suspicious toilet seats).