Japan's 10 funniest tech-related ads

From breast-enhancing Intel processors to breast-enhanced Canon laser copiers, we dissect Japan’s most bizarre tech-related ads

A giant chicken and a frog demonstrate the virtues of high-tech toilets

Summary: The Japanese apparently take their toilets seriously. As was reported last year, Japanese company Toto has constructed a high-tech toilet featuring an automatically-opening lid, a temperature-controlled bidet, a seat heater and a deodorizer. In the following Toto commercial, a giant chicken and frog give us a quick waddle-through the magical world of futuristic waste disposal.

LOL Quotient: 10/10. People in animal suits are dancing around a computerized toilet. If you don't think that's high comedy, then you've never learned to laugh.

ZOMG Quotient: 10/10. When, exactly, did birds and amphibians become qualified to teach us how to properly dispose of our waste?

A Canon Hybrid Laser Copier morphs into an attractive woman who fires high-quality color copies out of her chest

Summary: "Ho-hum. It's just another day of cube life in the office. Better make some coffee, fire up the laptop and... whoa, when did our Canon copier get replaced by that hot woman??? And she's shooting copies out of WHERE???" That's pretty much all you need to know about this commercial.

LOL Quotient: 8/10. As we've said, Japanese ads will use sex to sell anything.

ZOMG Quotient: 9/10. We will never look at our office copier the same way again. And frankly, we find that disturbing.

Arnold Schwarzenegger bursts out of a woman's head to sell an energy drink

Summary: Imagine if the evil computer network Skynet_ downed fistfuls of peyote and psychedelic mushrooms and decided that the best way to destroy humanity was by sending the Terminator to burst out of peoples' heads after they consumed a particular brand of energy drink. Well, that's what this ad from the Japanese energy drink Alinamin V seems to be depicting. It all starts off with a cute woman dancing and singing presumably about the drink when BAM! a laughing Arnold Schwarzenegger head pops out of her hat. Then they both start dancing and singing.

LOL Quotient: 9/10. It's often been said that David Lynch's major movies, from Eraserhead to Blue Velvet to Mulholland Drive, have all been attempts to construct violent nightmares that expose the depravity of the human condition. This Japanese energy drink ad achieves in 30 seconds what Lynch has strived for his whole career to create.

ZOMG Quotient: 2.5 billion/10. Not only does this ad not make us want to purchase Alinamin V, but it wants to make us forget that we've ever known of the existence of any liquids.

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