Squatty Potty: A Stool for Stool

Here is the product we have all been waiting for. It’s Squatty Potty, a stool that lets you squat over a toilet bowl while defecating:

Jimmy Carter surely appreciates having his hemorrhoid bout from 34 years ago retold to a whole new generation. And when President Carter suffered from hemorrhoids did he actually say, “Me. Me. Me hurty.” like some whiny toddler, as implied by this commercial?

Any advertisement for a product like this is going to gross some people out, but it really doesn’t help to have cheery whistling music in the background and a vaguely creepy pitchman. It seems, however, that products related to bowel movements just sort of attract those kind of people.

Even further weirdness takes place when you visit the official Squatty Potty website ( and see the cover of a free ebook they are offering featuring a skeleton with a bad toupée taking a dump:

Skeleton takes a dump on the cover of an ebook from Squatty Potty

The money shot in the Squatty Potty infomercial comes when the intrepid pitchman holds up clear plastic bags with chocolate bars contrasting the amount of feces that plops out of a person when in the sitting or squatting positions.

Candy bars portraying poop on the Squatty Potty infomercial

I will never look at a Milky Way bar the same way again!

Sitting on a toilet versus squatting

Clothed woman squats over a toilet using Squatty Potty


  • 4 Responses to “Squatty Potty: A Stool for Stool”

  • Comment by pikapal on March 23, 2012 at 10:05 pm

  • That’s out of hand! Besides being skeptical of the health claims, I am aghast and agog at the grossness of the commercial. I don’t know who has the worse job… the pitchman talking about “the brown stuff” or the guy who has to grunt and groan on the toilet. That’s a new low for infomercials. Thanks for the laugh!

    Comment by Liz on March 27, 2012 at 10:31 am

  • This commercial runs constantly on internet radio. I am sickened by it.

    Comment by Mike on October 22, 2014 at 4:33 pm

  • Over six years later, and the Squatty Potty has gained respectability, garnering an impressive essay in The Guardian.

    Comment by Paul on November 30, 2018 at 3:04 am