After traveling to countries like China and Malaysia where I had to wonder if in fact I knew how to use a toilet, I thought I would share the highlights on an old post asking:
Do You Know How To Use a Toilet?
The obvious answer “Of course I know how to use a toilet, doesn’t everyone?”
The other day I am in a public toilet stall in the Engineering department of an English speaking University in New Zealand. From the next stall my teen blurts out what is clearly a bizarre bathroom question:
“Mom, do you have your camera?”
“Don’t you think it’s a bit inappropriate to take photos NOW?
“Yea, but don’t you want to take a picture of the sign on the door for your blog?”
My curiosity piqued, I look up, read the boring sign in my stall and promptly replied, “No.”
It turns out her stall sign offered visual direction on how to use a toilet.
My favorite is photo #2 on the top row. If I am interpreting that correctly, it says no squatting and urinating on the floor. Are they suggesting that university students might get confused on this issue? Even those from countries that squat would notice there was no hole in the ground to squat over (I would hope).
So, this got me thinking and searching back through my photo files. I remember taking an amusing photo of a sign in a toilet on the South Island. I figured it was probably the same, but now that I have found I am glad I looked:
Did you learn anything, or did you already know how to use a toilet? And if you think you do, would you know what to do if you came upon this? I took this photo in a public bathroom in Suzhou, China. It does explain the need for some of the signs above, but it is still funny.
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