These plaques were placed outside the doors of a toilet in a train station on the outskirts of Taipei.
Even with my lack of Chinese, I managed to go to the right place.
March 7, 2009 at 8:30 am
Thatâ€™s easy, the boyâ€™s wearing a hat.
Itâ€™s â€œdanielle the squirt.â€
Whatâ€™s more embarrassing, standing really close to look at the sign? Especially when itâ€™s one like that, Or chancing it fifty fifty?
The best way is to wait and see which way the others go.
Iâ€™ve had other women follow me into the menâ€™s toilets before now and a fellow go back and do a double take on the toilet door because he thought he was in the wrong one!
Ending up in the right one first is one of lifeâ€™s happy surprises when youâ€™re in a foreign land.
March 7, 2009 at 8:47 am
The surprise is that such signs are left in place. It says a lot for the discipline of Chinese young adults or the ferocity of the punishments for defacing public property. How long do you think it would be before a goodly percentage would be adorning dorm rooms?
March 7, 2009 at 10:39 am
I liked the expression of relief on the faces. I was reprimanded when I taught my nephews a more hygienic way of peeing, I was told that doing this while sitting on the toilet seat was an very unmanly thing to do.
March 8, 2009 at 1:31 am
Semiotic psychosis. Signs of the times. Bad art, forced upon the post-literate public. Rudeness replaces beauty.
March 8, 2009 at 7:37 am
But Mike, would you normally look for beauty on a toilet door?
March 8, 2009 at 9:48 am
I’m still trying to figure out how she levitates like that.
March 8, 2009 at 10:24 am
I too thought she’d jumped in the air! She might be from the French
“cirques du oui oui”
March 8, 2009 at 4:46 pm
But don’t those cut-outs attest to the universality of Charlie Brown and Lucy? Btw, Joy’s “cirques du oui oui” is a classic.
March 8, 2009 at 5:45 pm
Joy, I look for beauty everywhere.
March 10, 2009 at 1:58 am
I also liked the expression on the faces.
March 10, 2009 at 8:36 pm
When I was in Taipei some years ago, I saw men’s room doors decorated with the profile of a man smoking a pipe. As a pipe smoker, it worked for me, but the strange thing is that I didn’t see any Chinese actually smoking a pipe. I don’t recall what they used for the lady’s rooms.
March 12, 2009 at 1:47 am
Mr. Johnson, a high-heeled shoe is used for the ladyâ€™s. I have a picture of it.
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