Thursday, October 04, 2007

Thank you for cleaning up!

I had a little emergency yesterday. You know the kind. You're not at home but you sense crowning going on down there. You'd rather take care of this business at home, but in an emergency, only the closest facility will do. So that was me yesterday just before my lunchtime class. I ducked into the nearest bathroom and quickly sat down. It was then that I saw what hung on the wall at eye level for the person sitting down. I had never noticed this strangely placed sign before.

Oh how I found this amusing. Because pictograms are always fun and speak a universal language, and also because of the 4th panel. I don't know about you, but I'm pretty sure the toilet seat does not look like that when I get up. I don't think it ever has. It makes me wonder who designed this thing and where they got the idea for that 4th drawing. Someone's pastry bag must have a lot of holes in it.

26 comments:

Ed said...

Lesson learned, clean up the poo from the toilet seat so the next guy won't have to sit in it! Sounds like you had the splashing kind so panel 4 was for you! hahaha!

Lemuel said...

Could you make copies of that poster and send it to me. I would like to post them in our company bathrooms. If I understand the pictograms, then, yes, engineers do leave toilet seats looking like than - among other gross outs and inconsiderations in the WC's.

farmboyz said...

You're right. It's odd. If panel #2 showed a standing man urinating, the whole assemblage might make sense. Also, if someone can't sit on a toilet without smearing the seat, I doubt they will be the kind to read and heed this poster. (I do love the ninth panel with its twinkly stars of cleanliness!) PS: Are we doomed to frequently post about body functions? I also recently did so:
http://farmboyz.blogspot.com/2007/09/genesis-p-orridge-and-right-to-pee.html

Snooze said...

That is a great poster for a women's washroom. Most women 'hover' and spray the seat.

Lacey said...

poo on the seat, pee all over the floor, boogers stuck on the wall...oh please...I've even seen poo on the walls...how do they do it? and who are these people? just think of all those door knobs that they've touched.....ICKKKKKKKKKKKK

David said...

Ah, back on topic again.

wayne said...

Your fascination with poo and all things toilet is incredible. I bet 2 out of 3 posts deal with this topic in some manner. Just an observation. At least you do it with a sense of humor!

Chunks said...

I could never have pooped at work. That is why I am a shut it. Poop-shy poop chute.

LMAO!

Cooper said...

Ah, the Torn we all so love! Panel #3 came up as a discussion at work the other day ... do people look inside the toilet after they've gone? Apparently some don't. Also, there should be a picture #10 ... man washing hands after cleaning the toilet rim and leaving it all sparkly clean.

Jason said...

That is too bizarre.

Doug said...

So no one drew graffiti on the sign? A shame to waste such a delightful opportunity.

laverne said...

Oh the hover and pee that women do.

I swear, I think they actually move in a circle, just to get maximum pee distribution on the seat.


Although, I'm with you; how do you get stuff all over the seat if you are sitting?

dbv said...

maybe the guy in 5 is pondering wheter it's e. coli or salmonella or whatever lurks on toilet seats... personally, i never sit down on a public toilet, i heard that's how you get pregnant!!

Lewis said...

Heheheh.......the only thing the sign was missing was a "No toe tapping" sign. Oh, and no "Wide Stances" while pissing either. It'll get you arrested. They really should have warning signs up about those sorts of activities. I could have been arrested a MILLION times if I'd known.

GayProf said...

Personally, I like that panels 5 and 6 implies that he spent considerable time pondering the situation.

em said...

There is so much to like about that poster really... the looking, the thinking, the creative flowering of thought, and of course, the sparkly toilet of happiness. The designer of that poster must have a positive view of humanity. So much hope...

Enemy of the Republic said...

I have never seen that one in the States. Why are we denied such vivid instruction when we are supposed to be a damn superpower? Go Canada!

rbo said...

similar to what dbv said, and based on your thoughts in the original entry, perhaps mr user in frame 5 is expressing his intense confusion regarding the existence of grey matter on the toilet seat, requiring him to use 2 full frames before deciding it didn't matter what it was, because it wasn't there when he came in on frame 1.

(and by the way, the cleaning technique in frame 8 doesn't look like it'll result in 'the sparkly toilet of happiness'

bardelf said...

J'aime le Quebec!

dawn said...

Apparently there are enough people pooping on the seats in Canada to warrant this lovely, and quite helpful, poster.

I believe you are destined for a life full of poop references. Everyone has a destiny.

lattégirl said...

To me the fourth panel doesn't even imply the seat but rather the inside of the bowl. Not very well drawn, that.

Personally I think the 5th and 6th panels are the funniest!

Paul said...

Torn, I do think you might have been in the ladies' room.

Devo said...

I like 5 and 6. The deep thought, and then the resolution. Craziness. Of course, in the US they just offer everyone a paper seat cover since we are all apparently smearers and drippers. eww. I have seen the smear and it aint pretty, and it's true that people who do that sort of thing would not or possibly cannot read, thus the pictorial and yes, Em, a great deal of hope. haha.

Mark in DE said...

Quebecers are so considerate and optimistic!

What a great poster. Thanks for sharing it.

Mark

Steven said...

And the reason why you brought your camera into the loo is...?

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