Many have had traumatic experiences on the toilet. But one man has been left afraid to flush after a seemingly innocent toilet exploded in his face after he pulled the handle.
Shards of porcelain knocked Michel Pierre unconscious and in need of more than 30 stitches to his face, arms and legs after the porcelain menace blasted his Brooklyn apartment.
The 58-year-old has been left so traumatised by the explosion that he now uses a rope to flush the toilet from a safe distance.
"It sounds silly but I'm still scared," he said. "Maybe someday it goes away but right now I'm in pain," he told New York Daily News.
"I can't stop thinking about it every time I look at the bowl," Pierre said, who was relieved that he wasn't sitting down during the fateful flush.
Three other tenants in the building also needed treatment in hospital after similar incidents, news.com.au reported.
"There is a serious problem in the building. Clearly toilets are supposed to flush, not to explode," his lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein, said.