No one likes driving behind a sewer truck … unless you live in Japan, apparently. One of their most recent breakthroughs is making their sewage trucks smell chocolaty delicious. Sounds crazy? Maybe. But it’s absolutely true.
This unbelievable solution is the brainchild of four Osaka-based companies who teamed up in an effort to mask the foul-smelling sewage trucks that often send Japanese citizens running in the opposite direction. Now that they have achieved the unachievable, the announcement has been made that sewage trucks in Osaka will now smell like chocolate instead of … well, sewage.
This new solution is based on a five-year-old deodorizing product made by Shikido, a manufacturer of industrial products, and Yamamoto Fragrances, which was typically used in pet odor eliminating products and baby diapers. When the engineers came up with the plan to infuse an updated version of the project into the sewage trucks’ lubricating oil, they decided that a strong chocolate fragrance would best mask any lingering odors.
With mostly positive feedback, there are, of course, those who still aren’t satisfied with the outcome. Some have mentioned on social media that they fear children may be encouraged to eat feces due to confusion, but hopefully some common sense parenting will help to circumvent that particular problem. Otherwise, the new chocolate smelling sewage trucks seem to be a big hit.
“Where can I get me some of that?” you may ask. Fear not, fellow Americans. Another company that participated in the development of the deodorizer-infused lubricating oil, Toho, reports that the Deo Magic VC1 oil in 5.3-gallon cans will soon be available to the general public for a mere $344.