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'Shark Tank' investors recall inventor who 'frightened' them

The investors on "Shark Tank" are used to seeing a variety of good and bad pitches, but they're not used to scary ones. Sharks Barbara Corcoran and Robert Herjavec stopped by TODAY Friday and remembered the frightening one that got away.

"(There) was a guy that implanted a Bluetooth in his ear so you don't have to pick up the phone," Corcoran recalled. "But if the battery went dead, we asked him, 'What do you do?' He says, 'Oh, you have to surgically removed it and replace it.' And he was serious! We were frightened about that guy."

But the really scary part of the show, according to Herjavec, is the stakes.

"It's really our own money," he explained of the funds handed out on the show. "Even my friends to this day don't realize, when we're giving somebody $250,000, it's really my own money. So it's all fun and games until you see a great investment, then you hate the other sharks."

Corcoran and Herjavec had a chance to open their wallets up Friday morning when twin inventors stopped by to pitch their invention, a product call SIT (Shiny Ideal Toilet), a foam disinfectant meant to replace paper toilet-seat covers.

Corcoran didn't care for the "ugly" dispenser, but then again, she didn't quite understand that the product was for public toilets, not home bathrooms.

"This is why our show is so hard," Herjavec laughed. "It takes forever for Barbara to figure it out."

Not to be outdone, Corcoran told the twins, "You know what I'm going to do? I'm going to give you $50,000 ... of Robert's money."

New episodes of "Shark Tank" air Fridays at 9 p.m. on ABC. Reruns air back-to-back Tuesdays from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. on CNBC.