More Than 1.4 Million 'Exploding' Toilet Flushers Recalled

A toilet parts manufacturer has recalled 1.4 million flushing systems in the U.S. and Canada after the company received word that the units were exploding and injuring users, NBC reports.

The Flushmate II 501-B system, sold in the U.S. between 1996 and 2015, has burst more than 1400 times and caused 23 injuries so far. For one person, the injures were so severe that they needed foot surgery.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the flusher "can burst at or near the vessel weld seam," creating an explosion strong enough to shatter the tank and cause the tank lid to fly off. The rogue flusher has reportedly caused about $710,000 in property damage.

The recalled flusher

Although the product hasn't been sold for several years, many models are still in use in people's homes. In addition to the 1.4 million systems sold in the U.S., 17,300 units were sold in Canada. The bulk of the complaints (1446) came from the U.S., and seven came from Canada. Some of the units had been automatically installed in toilets manufactured by American Standard, Corona, Crane, Kohler, and Mansfield. Others had been sold individually at big-box stores like Lowe's and Home Depot.

To find out if your unit is affected by the recall, visit Flushmate's website and enter the model and serial numbers found on the top of the system. If you have a Flushmate II 501-B system at home, the CPSC recommends turning off the water supply to the unit and flushing the toilet to release internal pressure. Customers can contact Flushmate for a free replacement.

[h/t NBC]

Friends's Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc Once Pitched the Idea of a Phoebe and Joey Romance

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It's hard not to get sucked into all the romantic relationships that Ross, Chandler, Monica, Joey, Rachel, and Phoebe had on the hit '90s sitcom Friends. And if you're a devout fan of the show, you probably have some opinions of your own on the various love interests seen throughout the 10 seasons. Or you may even have rooted to see relationships play out that never happened. For those viewers who ever hoped to see Phoebe and Joey get together: you're not alone. That was one romance Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc pushed for, too.

During a joint interview with Entertainment Weekly back in 2016 (per Insider), Kudrow and LeBlanc, who played Phoebe and Joey, respectively, revealed that they had pitched a secret affair between their characters at one point in the show. When asked why the pair never got together, LeBlanc explained:

"Towards the end we actually pitched the idea that Joey and Phoebe had been having casual sex the entire time. We’d go back and shoot all the historical scenes and just before a moment that everyone recognizes, there’s Joey and Phoebe coming out of a broom closet together. But they were like, 'Nah.'"

While the idea sounds like it was shot down pretty quickly, imagine the Central Perk crew finding out that Joey and Phoebe had been having an affair all along. But for now, this reveal from the actors is all just a "moo point" at the end of the day.

[h/t Entertainment Weekly]

You Could Get Paid to Watch Disney+ While Social Distancing

She’s excited to belt out both parts of Aladdin and Jasmine’s "A Whole New World."
She’s excited to belt out both parts of Aladdin and Jasmine’s "A Whole New World."
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In October 2019, chose five lucky couch potatoes for its “Disney+ Dream Job,” a position that paid people $1000 and gave them a year-long Disney+ subscription to watch 30 Disney programs in 30 days.

Now, the technology review site is accepting applicants for a similar (albeit less time-consuming) role: 10 people will receive a $200 Visa gift card and a free year of Disney+ to watch one single Disney film. Since most Disney movies are around 90 minutes long, your one-time wage works out to about $133 per hour.

To enter, all you have to do is send an email to with “Dream Job” in the subject line and your name and the title of your favorite Disney film in the body of the email. Winners will be selected at random, so you don’t have to worry about trying to pick the “right” movie or explaining why you’re the right person for the job. You do, however, have to be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen. Submissions will be accepted through Thursday, April 10, and winners will be notified by email on the following Monday, April 13.

While October’s dream job was more about drumming up excitement for Disney+, which was a brand-new platform at the time, this one is all about encouraging social distancing and supporting people through the coronavirus crisis. With Disney+’s wide array of entertainment at your disposal—from National Geographic animal documentaries to animated classics you loved as a kid—you might feel a little less bored while you’re camped out on your couch.

If you want to check out Disney+ for yourself, head here to learn how to get a free seven-day trial.

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