New Not Entirely Irrational Fear: Exploding Toilets

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It happened: A Brooklyn man required 30 stitches to treat the shrapnel wounds he received when his porcelain toilet blew up in his face. "I'm afraid to flush the toilet right now," said Michel Pierre, one of four people hurt during building-wide malfunctions. "I can't stop thinking about it every time I look at the bowl." He now uses a rope to flush from a distance and is prepping a lawsuit, the Daily News reports, but is mostly just "relieved that he wasn't sitting down during the fateful flush."