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FRIDAY FUNNY: Potty Humor From Around The World

Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in Friday Funny

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Published on November 05, 2010 with No Comments

The Lighthouse/Centre for Architecture, Design, and the City, Glasgow Scotland; (Photo: Heidi Schwartz)

The Lighthouse/Centre for Architecture, Design, and the City, Glasgow Scotland; (Photo: Heidi Schwartz)

Frequently, restroom signage simply does what it must: direct users to the proper place. And there are several rules and regulations, which are mostly just a matter of common sense, which should be addressed. (For a helpful FAQ on restroom signage, check this link.)

For facility professionals, restroom signs are pretty standard and straightforward. Or ARE they? In the United States, the universal restroom signs have become relatively commonplace, but around the world, the universal language of biological necessity has a much more creative flair.

While this can cause a bit of confusion for anyone who is desperate need of the facilities, it certainly is the source of discussion and some great photo opportunities.

Here are a few particularly amusing ones (and if you have any of your own–either from your facility or from your travels around the world, please feel free to share them):


Schirn art museum, Frankfurt

Kloschild Café, Prague

UrbanAngel, Edinburgh

Pamukkale, Turkey

Iran (culturally relevant, but unusual by Western standards)

Barcelona (brilliant, yet simple)

Petit Palais, France (another elegant, yet simple one)

From the U.S.

Home Slice Pizza, Austin

White Dog, Philly

SciFi Museum, Seattle

Finally, here’s a brief video that captures additional highlights of signage from around the world.

Image sources:
Which Door Should I Choose?
96 Of The Coolest Toilet Signs Around The World

About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at

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