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March 21, 2008

No Squatters


Sherri Powar of Washington, D.C. stumbled across the sign above during a January 2007 visit to Siem Reap, Cambodia, noting that it meant "No squatters."

The Washington Post Travel section's "Sign Here" columnist wrote, "We think it's a plea by authorities to keep visitors from doing a cannonball into the toilet."

In any case, best forward it instanter to Erin Atherton over at durtbagz.

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that is one gigantic toilet. it's like it was made for durtbagz. maybe i should start marketing in asia...

Posted by: erin | Mar 23, 2008 4:02:36 PM

Just as gkoutnik said. The squatting way to go potty is very common in parts of Asia, nearly all of the Middle East and I've never been anywhere in Africa but I am sure it is so there too.

Posted by: Milena | Mar 22, 2008 1:41:28 PM

A great many toilets in third world countries (personal and public) are just holes in the floor, with a handy bucket (hopefully filled with water) nearby. Actually, we've come across a few in the more backward parts of higher-tier countries as well.

So - many millions of people around the world have squatted to use the toilet for their whole lives. Upon seeing a porcelain commode, the impulse to squat as shown in the second drawing is natural. I'm sure that the sign is warning against getting your (perhaps dirty, probably barefoot) feet upon the seat where other (differently-experienced) users would sit.

Posted by: gkoutnik | Mar 22, 2008 9:39:50 AM

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