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  1. That’s easy, the boy’s wearing a hat.
    It’s “danielle the squirt.”
    What’s more embarrassing, standing really close to look at the sign? Especially when it’s one like that, Or chancing it fifty fifty?
    The best way is to wait and see which way the others go.
    I’ve had other women follow me into the men’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 life’s happy surprises when you’re in a foreign land.

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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