Great British Inventions

Lynette Dufton
1 min readDec 1, 2023

Great Britain has been a hotbed of invention over the years. The chronometer that allowed accurate naval navigation, the steam engine that ushered in the Industrial Revolution, the first railroads all came from the UK. What do those clever Brits have for us in the 21st century?

The Peebol, a pocket sized toilet, that claims it is “easy to use, discreet, non-spill, non-odour, and so small it’ll fit in your purse. The Peebol is great for traveling. Inside each Peebol are rapid performing granules that change liquid, into a solid gel. Keep them in your car for any emergency.” The accompanying photo shows what looks like a large “Wet Nap”. Tear off the top. Do your thing. Drop it in a waste receptacle. No muss. No fuss.

Peebols are available on-line for L2.20 which is about $2.50. What a deal!

When something appears too good to be true, it probably is. With all due modesty, I am something of an expert on urination. Despite a massive (and thankfully noncancerous but give it time) prostate and one kidney, the diuretic I take to keep my blood pressure down has me peeing like the proverbial racehorse.

That’s the potential downfall of Peebol. Will those “rapid-performing granules” perform rapidly enough? Are there enough of them to handle all I can provide?

If it can meet those requirements, the chronometer, the steam engine, and the railroad will have to make way for the Peebol on the Mount Rushmore of Great British Inventions.

By Ed Dufton

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Lynette Dufton

These posts are written by my father, Ed Dufton, who has an incredible knack of condensing the day’s news into a witty and insightful commentary on society.