When you've got to go, you've got to go.
That fact of life inspired 6-year-old Curt Waki to invent a gadget that is bringing him a bit of celebrity. The Tustin Memorial Elementary first-grader has been invited to appear on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" to talk about his "portable potty."
Necessity inspired the invention.
"We were going to a baseball game," Curt recalled, and there was no place to stop for a bathroom break. So he improvised and used a fast-food drink cup.
Months later, when he had to build an original invention for a school assignment, Curt recalled that emergency situation and came up with a similar, more finished device, which won an invention contest in the Tustin schools and attracted the attention of the show's scouts.