22 July, 2008

Hers and His: A photoessay

Well, this post has been a long time coming.

One of the first times I remember noticing a sign was almost twenty years ago, as I was waiting for someone outside a washroom. I saw the standard signs

and wondered why, internationally, it's t
otally acceptable that these figures' heads are disconnected from their bodies. Isn't that peculiar? And yet, I had never even noticed.

Now, most bathroom signs are pretty much standard, with a few subtle twists here and there. Some are older than others, and show it. Old or not, the heads are still off here:

Some have gotten a bit carried away with the whole mutilation thing, and have started
disconnecting other body parts:

Some have gotten really fancy, and started buildin
g golden statuettes, ala the Oscars. At least now the heads are firmly connected: progress!

Now here's where it starts getting weird.

What are we meant to learn from this? Men are hollow? Hmm... okay, fair enough.

Here's one I found in a mall; apparently someone decided to fill it in by hand. Lovely!

Here's a nice equal opportunity sign. It's the first time I've seen a skirt on a disabled figure. Way to go, someone!

Now, to get back to the bizarre: I promise, but really promise that these are real. We went to a popular chain hardware store, and these were on the main bathroom doors:

I'm not even going to attempt a guess at the inspiration behind this one. That's definitely Donald Duck, right?

Now, some places are
daring enough to break away from the standard decapitated mold. (No, I do not consider the previous sign daring.) Here's an example of a more abstract, yet fairly clear set of signs. The cigarettes I could do without, but these are pretty unique, you have to admit:

Before my grande finale, I'd like to remind everyone of another bathroom sign post that I once wrote. It was one of my very first, and I think one of the funniest.

Anyway, here's the last entry, for now. I don't know what's going on in this bathroom, but it sure looks entertaining!

Really, it's the things we see every day that can be the silliest.


Anonymous said...

Laugh out loud hilarious. Thanks! Mom

Anonymous said...

I agree with Mom.
NB: I've seen wheelchair bathroom signs with the wheel not round. The wheel chair fellow is going to have a really hard time getting to the bathroom if the wheels are not round.


toby said...

Wow, anonymous Yechiel, you're right, that's pretty harsh. Take a picture the next time you see it, and I'll happily add it to the collection.

Sarah Likes Green said...


Anonymous said...

I always find it funny that the woman is wearing a skirt - outside of frum neighbourhoods, when did you last see women wearing skirts..?

toby said...

rw - well, they're more miniskirts than religiously modest ones, but I hear what you're saying...