This scary contraption, rumored to be common throughout much of Latin America, has a well-earned name; it hooks up to the shower head where coils heat the water just before it rains down. Wires are exposed, an electrical current is flowing through them...water and voltage—a potentially lethal combination!
I've heard stories (and I believe them) about people receiving shocks while shampooing or seeing blue flashes from the shower head.
Lest you think I'm enjoying a hearty laugh at your expense, allow me to share some proof. Here are a couple of pictures sent to me, by request, from my expat friends on my Costa Rica Yahoo group:
There you have it: the suicide shower. Talk about invigorating—there's nothing like risking electrocution for hot water in the morning!