When our editorial team first assigned me this story about a toilet seat with a fan built in, I thought two things. First, why just the one fan? My efforts in the office bathroom are worthy of a whole fan club. After reading a little further, I then started thinking our editorial team are simply cowards, lacking the courage to bring up their grievances in a face to face setting. Either way, here ’tis – the Fresh Air Plus toilet seat with a built-in fan.

Coming fitted with an array of sparkly lights for the easily entertained and a gently closing lid to cut down on toilet lid closing noises, the Fresh Air Plus' main feature is a fan that turns on when somebody sits on the throne to suck your stinky toilet air out through a tube that you’re supposed to poke through the wall. Howdy neighbor!

The Fresh Air Plus replaces your standard toilet seat, with installation also requiring it to be plugged into an electrical outlet and the exhaust hose being connected to a vent that expels air outside. "It's that easy!" proclaims its creator in the infomercial-style video below, but that last point could pose problems for those with brick houses or those whose smallest room in the house isn't located against an exterior wall.

In the video, the Fresh Air team also point out a further possible benefit of the localized butt-fan over the typical whole-bathroom exhaust fan. Unlike ceiling fans that evacuate heated or air conditioned air from the house, raising your heating and cooling bills, the Fresh Air Plus only removes the rancid air from the toilet bowl.

God knows what manner of paint-peeling toilet tragedy caused Fresh Air Plus inventor “Adam” to fire up Solidworks and invent this thing but we're betting his man has seen – and smelled – some crap.

Adam and his team are putting together a Kickstarter campaign to get Fresh Air Plus up and running. Your business can be their business, as they used to say in the plumbing trade. As for me, I think it’s clear I need to have a frank and forthright discussion with my colleagues.

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