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‘Scary’ toilet paper coming soon to a stall near you
「恐怖」廁紙即將現身你附近的廁所

The toilets of the Pathe Cinema are flooded due to heavy rains in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on June 11.
荷蘭鹿特丹百代電影院的廁所,六月十一日因豪雨而淹水。

Photo: EPA
照片:歐新社

For those who enjoy doing their reading in the loo, an English version of a Japanese horror story will soon be available overseas, with the entire novel printed on toilet paper.

Billed as “the world’s scariest toilet paper,” the roll will feature a horror story written by author Koji Suzuki, who also penned the popular horror novels Ring and Spiral. The story on the roll of toilet paper is called Drop.

Since hitting the market in Japan in 2009, the product has sold some 300,000 rolls domestically. The literary toilet paper will sell for around 200 yen (NT$76) a roll, about 10 times the cost of a regular roll of toilet paper.

The product is made by Hayashi Paper Co, a firm in Shizuoka Prefecture with a staff of around 30 people. It is the brainchild of Hiroyuki Hayashi, president of Hayashi Paper, who contacted Suzuki and rolled out the idea. The popular author then agreed to write a short story for the roll. It is expected that some people will buy the product as a keepsake due to its gimmicky nature.

(Liberty Times)

喜歡在廁所閱讀的人有福了,英文版的日本鬼故事很快就會在海外上市,整本小說就印在廁所衛生紙上。

這款捲筒廁紙標榜為「全世界最可怕的廁紙」,以鈴木光司寫的恐怖故事為特色,鈴木光司是知名恐怖故事《七夜怪談》、《螺旋》的作者。廁紙上的故事篇名為《Drop》。

恐怖廁紙二○○九年在日本問世以來,已經在國內賣出三十萬捲。這種有文學氣質的廁紙,每捲要價兩百日圓(新台幣七十六元),價格大約是普通廁紙的十倍。

這項產品是由「林氏製紙」公司製造,這間公司位於靜岡縣,員工人數約三十人。恐怖廁紙是林氏製紙社長林浩之的心血結晶,他聯繫上鈴木光司,並推出這個概念。這位廣受歡迎的作家隨即答應替廁紙寫短篇故事。由於產品噱頭十足,預料有人會購買這項產品當作紀念。

(自由時報/翻譯:陳維真)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. loo n.

廁所 (ce4 suo3)

例: We often hear people in the UK say they want to go to the “loo” instead of "restroom."

(在英國常聽到人們上廁所用「loo」這個字,而非「restroom」。)

2. roll n.

捲筒 (juan2 tong3)

例: Premium toilet roll may contain lotion and have two to four plies.

(高級捲筒衛生紙可能含有乳液,並且有二到四層。)

3. brainchild n.

心血結晶 (xin1 xie3 jie2 jing1)

例: The iPhone is the brainchild of Steve Jobs.

(iPhone是史蒂夫‧賈伯斯的心血結晶。)


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