Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/11/07/italian_toilet_bust/

Italian police seize musical toilet

Patriotic porcelain taking the piss, prosecutors claim

By Lester Haines

Posted in Policy, 7th November 2006 12:11 GMT

Italian police have seized a musical toilet which plays the country's national anthem when flushed, according to Ananova.

Prosecutors claim the offending porcelain - produced by two local artists for the Bolzano Museum of Modern Art - should not give forth with the "Fratelli d'Italia" because it's "a national emblem which should be protected".

The museum's defence team counters that "while the anthem has patriotic and sentimental value, it is not a national symbol". A court will rule on the matter later this week. ®