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Poor Little Fish Sink – Conserve Water Or The Goldfish Gets It

Poor Little Fish Sink (Images courtesy Yan Lu & MoCo Loco)
By Andrew Liszewski

Well here’s a clever way to encourage people to conserve water while they’re washing their hands. As you use the Poor Little Fish Sink, designed by Yan Lu, the water in the fishbowl slowly drains away. So if you use too much the goldfish will meet an untimely demise. According to Yan the “Poor Little Fish basin offers an emotional way to persuade consumers to think about saving water, by making consumption tangible” though I’m sure there are still a lot of people who would value clean hands over the life of a small fish.

Of course thanks to some clever and hidden plumbing in the base of the sink, the water that comes out of the faucet doesn’t actually come from the fish tank, nor will it ever drain out completely. And when shut off the water in the bowl does slowly refill so the fish is never in any real danger, though I suspect it might suffer some emotional distress every time its home drains away.

[ Yan Lu – Poor Little Fish Sink ] VIA [ MoCo Loco ]







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  • http://www.dscomic.com/ Rob

    Perish the thought that you have tough grime on your hands and need a lot of hand-washing – then every time you'll live in terror of killing a fish.

  • Anonymous

    just curious, did you read the article?

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.nesin Paul Nesin

    this is inhumane. i don't give a shit what animal it is, who ever created this concept is an asshole

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_247MMWIBDJSUFAQTIHNPESGMF4 RachelM

    So it wastes twice as much water as a regular sink and scares a fish? lawl

  • http://www.facebook.com/PandaEuthanasia Sam Breaker Bumpas

    Did you even read this? The fish is in “no real danger”. Goldfish are such stupid animals that the fish won't even realize it is approaching danger until it actually can't breathe. This stupidity is also why they keep eating themselves to death if you feed them too much. There is nothing inhumane because the fish is not emotionally tortured and its life is not legitimately threatened. You are just an idiot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Declan-Mooney/1100604008 Declan Mooney

    i take it you didnt read the description underneath?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Courtney/540720986 Matt Courtney

    im not even worried about it being inhumane, what about the fact that you are using water that a fish has shit in to wash your hands? sounds pretty gross to me

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Courtney/540720986 Matt Courtney

    im not even worried about it being inhumane, what about the fact that you are using water that a fish has shit in to wash your hands? sounds pretty gross to me

  • GrokMonkey

    “no real danger”

    Please take the time to inform yourself before commenting in the future.
    Thank you.

    -Citizens for Intelligent Conversation

  • http://www.dscomic.com/ Rob

    I realize there's no danger, but its the terror factor of killing a little fishy.

    Besides, haven't you ever had to fix a sink/toilet with a leak before? Water fixtures tend to spring leaks from time to time.

  • http://www.dscomic.com/ Rob

    Yeah, good point. Fish waste and half-eaten fish food.

  • http://img31.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=22845_hamsterfacepalm_122_55lo.jpg Franco1975

    Wait till PETA sees this!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708741524 Robb Nunya

    That'd be a bad day for the fish if it were in my house. Just sayin!

  • http://twitter.com/Mr_Nice_Guy319 Bret H

    Yumm!! I want a glass of fish water.

  • Nikkita Croix

    This is a mighty blow against the good hygiene cause. Millions of signs across the world telling employees to wash their hands nullified in an instant by this idiotic invention. I hope who ever made this absolutley loves fecal matter, viruses, and other pathogens in thier food and on every doorknob, hand rail, and surface they come into for the rest of their lives because that is what this device promotes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Tacgnolol Ryan Andrews

    Read the bloody article!

  • http://twitter.com/EIFY EIFY

    My interpretation is that water for the fish cycles between the bowl and a hidden reservoir underneath.

  • artana

    There was an article??? I just looked at the cute fishy! /s

  • http://www.facebook.com/graigrsmith Graig Smith

    it would have to, any fresh water would be chlorinated and would kill the fish in minutes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/graigrsmith Graig Smith

    actually fish in normal environments can eat and eat, it's only manufactured food fed to fish in fish tanks that will kill them. fish have very short digestive tracts. plus in such a small tank, if you give a fish all it can eat, it will poison the tank with ammonia and die.

  • Nikkita Croix

    I thought I had, and I did. I know the water is not coming out of the fish bowl.

    My point is this sink encourages people to save water at the expense of washing and cleaning their hands after using a toilet because the easiest way for them to save water is to not use it at all. There are other ways to save water than cutting down on hygiene, especially as this sink offers no alernatives such as alcohol based waterless gel or wet-napkins.

  • Nikkita Croix

    I thought I had, and I did. I know the water is not coming out of the fish bowl.

    My point is this sink encourages people to save water at the expense of washing and cleaning their hands after using a toilet because the easiest way for them to save water is to not use it at all. There are other ways to save water than cutting down on hygiene, especially as this sink offers no alernatives such as alcohol based waterless gel or wet-napkins.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gary-Scott/595857637 Gary Scott

    Minutes? It's water, not sulphuric acid?? LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gary-Scott/595857637 Gary Scott

    READ what it says in the article. No wonder ignorance is considered bliss

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gary-Scott/595857637 Gary Scott

    Um, no it does not? No where in the article does it say we should not wash our hands after using the toilet. This is just one man's [rather silly] attempt to encourage people to use LESS water. This sounds to me like YOUR personal problem with folks who don't wee/wash. Stop worrying about germs and get on with your life ;)

  • http://twitter.com/Crowejohn20 John Crowe

    What if I decided not to wash my hands encase the fish dies? Is spreading germs OK? Also what if I decided I just want to kill the fish and realise “hey” the fish water is not draining out then I'm wasting more water surely?

    It does look nice- causes debate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1851075286 Mark Rodgers

    Well as long as you don't tell people the fish is in no danger this could work. At first just seeing the picture and the headline first thoughts was SICK FUCKERS. Read this before judging please.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GX3G3WPWJNMYB34XPK53FZS4RM Mike Chicklebob

    Last time I checked, Chlorine is a highly toxic chemical, so no, it's not corrosive like acid, but it's toxic, and easily absorbed by a fishes gills, so yea, minutes makes sense.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GX3G3WPWJNMYB34XPK53FZS4RM Mike Chicklebob

    Last time I checked, Chlorine is a highly toxic chemical, so no, it's not corrosive like acid, but it's toxic, and easily absorbed by a fishes gills, so yea, minutes makes sense.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GX3G3WPWJNMYB34XPK53FZS4RM Mike Chicklebob

    Fish's**

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UUTL37LNS4FXJTTDY63EQFKWSA Bethany

    Ex-Bloody-Zacly.

    Its the TERROR of killing the fish, even if you kept the tap on, it wouldnt go down after about 2 inches of water.

  • cancerleo

    What about sociopaths and psychopaths without emotions? or people that have emotions but thrive on the negative ones?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1848492033 Trevor Snyder

    Last time I checked you can de-chlorinate the water. There are magical drops that can do that yano. you could invent some dumbass thing to drop the little drops into the water and magically it neutralizes the chlorine content. What do you think I do for my fish tank? Screw going out and buying fucking distilled water!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1848492033 Trevor Snyder

    THE FUCKING WATER DOESNT COME FROM THE TANK DIPSHIT!!! IF YOU READ THE FUCKING DESCRIPTION YOU MIGHT KNOW THAT!!! FUCK!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1848492033 Trevor Snyder

    Actually the water does drain, but its filtered. but it slowly refills itself.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/6JNGGDNMWTLWKE6RR6XQZXL7GE S.Roberts

    Some people come up with stupid ideas like this. Until I read it, you’d think the water from the fish bowl can’t possibly be clean to wash your hands with. But the water doesn’t come from the bowl. So yeah, it’s trying to get YOU to conserve by the sink using twice as much water? That’s just retarded