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Only in America: The shy bladder syndrome lobby

A "shy bladder syndrome" advocacy group demands a Rob Lowe commercial be pulled — and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation

An advocacy group for "shy bladder syndrome" is demanding that DirecTV pull its ad featuring Rob Lowe's "painfully awkward" character, who confesses he can't urinate in front of other people. Steve Soifer, CEO of the International Paruresis Association, said the ad implies that "this guy is a loser for having a problem" that afflicts 7 percent of Americans.