Random things that make me smile…
Who can resist lifting the lid on a toilet seat exhibit?
My new favorite hobby – rock watching…
Is this a common mistake???
The world’s worst park…
No playing, no camping, no bicycling, no relaxing, and worst of all… no tightrope walking. (Walking a muzzled dog, throwing away blocks, and lying on a bed of nails is apparently okay).
What were those toilet seat exhibits about?
If the world had a logo, I think it would be Hello Kitty. She’s everywhere.
When I’m strolling the streets of a quaint European town, searching for a picturesque shot, she’s there… flying on banners, spilling out of postcard racks, and bobbing up and down in balloon bouquets.
So I just have to ask: What’s with Hello Kitty? Why is the world obsessed with this big-headed, pink-clad cat?
She’s cute, sure. I probably owned a Hello Kitty pencil case when I was a kid. But why does the whole world seem fascinated by her?
Obsessed with this question, I embarked on a little Hello Kitty research. What I found didn’t exactly answer my question, but it did teach me a few things I didn’t know:
* H.K. was created in Japan, yet according to her profile, she is British (born in London to be exact).
* She’s named after a cat called ‘Kitty’ in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass.
* She is five apples tall and weighs 3 apples.
* Her last name is White.
* She doesn’t have a mouth because we are supposed to project our feelings onto her.
* In addition to modeling for products that gross half-a-billion dollars a year, she has been an ambassador, starred in her own TV show, owned theme parks, restaurants, commercial jets, a jewelry line, wine varieties, and even a maternity hospital.
That girl has it all.
Maybe I’m just a little jealous.
Everybody collects something.
Me? I collect bathroom signs. A friend of mine has a motto when she travels: “First You Pee, Then You See.”
I follow that motto, too, so I’m always on the lookout for bathroom signs.
Here are a few of my favorites:
When I first came to Europe, I was perplexed by the 00 that appears on so many bathroom signs. A quick internet search gave me some answers.
Some say 00 is simply the the room number assigned to the WC. Others speculate that 00 is a shorter version of 100 which, in some places, is a euphemism for WC and may be the source of the English word Loo.
Still others say the 00 represents the holes that used to be cut in the door so you could see if the bathroom was occupied.
My favorite explanation, though, is from Germany. ‘Null’ is the word for zero, thus 00 is pronounced null-null … the English equivalent of which is null-and-void.
Kind of appropriate, don’t you think?
This next sign is similar to the one above, but suggests that nulling and voiding is only permitted from 12 – 1.
I’m not sure the word “Gentleman” is appropriate in this case:
And ladies are apparently only welcome if they bring a ball on a fork:
In some cases, people need to be told where not to go to the bathroom:
And of course, we can’t forget our doggy friends:
Now that I’m on the lookout for funny bathroom signs, I think I’ll have to change my motto:
First I’ll See, Then I’ll Pee.