That’s pretty funny in a “funny ’cause it’s true” kind of way.
What word is obscured by the flash in the fourth line of the third point? As it apparently ends in ‘h’, it would be sweet if it was…well, you know.
Comment by Peter LLC — November 11, 2007 @ 5:49 am
That is really funny and true and also necessary. I’m an American living in Lagos, Nigeria right now. Missionaries called from Nigeria most often serve in other areas in West Africa (often other parts of Nigeria), and are trained in the Ghana MTC. Many of these Nigerians haven’t been living in homes with plumbing and aren’t accustomed to toilets. Every day I see many men just walking down the street and whipping it out to pee wherever they happen to be — often they don’t even bother to turn and face a wall or anything — they just pee into the street. I can see the need for the explicit instructions.
Similar issues in Iraq. They eventually solved the problem by just creating completely separate bathrooms for Iraqis and Americans.
Comment by Eric Russell — November 11, 2007 @ 1:22 pm
My brother-in-law is from Thailand. His mother married an American and moved to the United States when he was 11. His father still laughs about how he found footprints on the toilet seat for nearly a year after moving here. Getting used to western-style plumbing can be tricky.
I recently was in LAX and related to my wife that the first time I was ever in that airport was on the way home from my mission. I served in Brazil and there it is the custom to not flush toilet paper.
I distinctly remember the overwhelming sense of panic as I searched in vain for a trash can in the stall to deposit used toilet paper in. Here I was with used toilet paper and nowhere to put it!
Eventually I realized that I could simply put it in the toilet. What an extraordinary idea!
My wife was not impressed with my story.
Comment by a random John — November 11, 2007 @ 8:54 pm
My ward in Chicago had a sign like this in Spanish. My Spanish isn’t great, but enough to know that it contained similar instructions about flushing toilet paper, not throwing it away in the garbage.
aRJ, I used to live in Ecuador and it was forbidden to flush TP. I once remember the panic of accidently dropping toilet paper in the toilet! I was sure the entire sewage system was going to end up in my apartment.
Last year I was in Malaysia, and now I’m in Saudi Arabia. I love toilet signs. They have great ones in foreign countries. Last week I took a picture of one from a stall in Bahrain, but it was no where NEAR as good as this one!
That reminds me of the first night I spent in Guatemala on a trip there a few years ago. After I checked into a reasonably nice hotel, the manager explained to me how used toilet paper goes into the garbage can, not the toilet. It would have never crossed my mind that’s what the garbage can was for. So I can see why someone from a place like Ghana (or what I imagine Ghana to be) might needed to be reminded of the “modern” way of doing things.
In the Brazil MTC there is a sign in the shower stalls (in portuguese only) stating that it is inappropriate to urinate on the shower floor. Apparently many Brazilians are not used to taking warm showers…