Bathroom Reading: Images from a life on the road

Through my life, I’ve had the good fortune to use a wide variety of toilets, and I’m always on the look-out for new signage. Especially appreciated are the ones that make me chuckle, whether that was the sign-maker’s intention or not. After two years of COVID19, we could all use a little mindless potty humor to help us head into 2022.

Of course, first on the list are images about what to flush or not flush. This is serious business that finally got traction thanks to the pandemic. My hairstylist is a case in point: locked up at home, having run out of toilet paper, she turned to “flushable” wipes and soon earned herself an expensive visit from a plumber along with a lecture on the flushability of wipes.

Others get pretty creative about what they don’t want people to flush. I feel for the housekeeping staff who encountered whatever problems precipitated these missives.

It’s increasingly frequent to encounter signs indicating that the toilets used reclaimed water or captured rainwater, and it’s nice that sometimes the signage reflects a sense of humor.

Then there’s the instructional signage to make sure that the toilets are properly used. I guess you can’t take anything for granted! (Note: the person squatting on the toilet is, I think, missing one half of a red X. Or maybe not? Feedback welcome.)

Those familiar with the book Eats, Shoots, and Leaves will perhaps agree with me that sometimes even bathroom signage could use a copy editor. Take for instance the following image from Acadia National Park. Is the sign actually pointing to a restroom observation deck?

And does this one imply that there is a foreign object in the toilet that should not be discarded? I’m so confused.

During a COVID19 cross-continent drive I encountered a high falutin heated toilet seats with multi-functional bidet where I least expected it: in western Nebraska at a Sapp Brothers truck stop. For real. Naturally I had to try it, but when that heated water hit my nether region I found the “STOP” button lickety split. No thank you.

On a more serious note, that same Sapp Brother’s restroom had the following sign, reminding women on the road to watch out for each other. And telling me that bathroom reading is not always a laughing matter.

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