Monday, October 20, 2008

Ode de Toilette

To put the record straight, I don't make a habit of taking photographs in gents' toilets. Let's face it, you only need to spotted once and you're tagged as some kind of weird pervert for life. But soemtimes it's worth the risk. In case you can't quite read the handwritten lines that were appended after 'hygienic and clean', they read:

'If you decide to take on this role,
Another cleaner will be on the dole.'

Politics in a toilet cubicle. You couldn't make it up.


12 comments:

Debby said...

Being that you'd brush the toilet out before washing your hands, I'd imagine the hundreds of other unwashed hands touching that handle. Doesn't strike me as all that hygienic and clean. I'm not germ phobic, but you would not catch ME touching the handle of that brush. Especially during flu season.

Stevyn Colgan said...

Debby - I'm not germ-phobic either. I think it does you good to catch a few bugs to build up your resistance and, when all's said and done, I'm rarely ill. However, toilets seem to be specifically designed to infect you with other people's germs. Quite apart from the loo brush, there's the door. You wash your hands but then have to tug on a door handle that's been used by all of those who didn't wash. It's not like you can push on the door either as, invariably, they all open inwards. So you wash off your own germs and replace them with other people's germs! Brilliant!

Persephone said...

Just a thought, Debby: recent studies have indicated that a computer keyboard has way more germs than a toilet. I figure since I swish the toilet out once a day, I can run a cloth with rubbing alcohol over the keys before I turn the computer on. So I do.
And if you're really worried about the door handle in the washroom, Steve, many health experts recommend holding on to the paper towel you used to dry your hands (I guess you could use T.P. if there are those irritating and ineffectual electric hand-dryers or pull-down towels), and open the door with that. I then wad the paper towel and try to shoot it into the bin. I don't always remember to do this, mind...

Stevyn Colgan said...

Persephone - To be honest, it's not a major worry in my life! In fact it's not a worry at all.

How did we get onto this conversation anyway? Oh yes. Loo poems.

chris hale said...

Stevyn, I'm sure you'll have come across these two at some point:

If you sprinkle when you tinkle
Be a sweetie, wipe the seatie.


and

It's no good standing on the seat,
The crabs in here can jump three feet.


and one non-poem from a cigarette addict:

Please do not throw your butts down the toilet, as it makes them soggy and difficult to light.

Stevyn Colgan said...

Chris - Ah yes. Classics from Sir John Dunny-Nightsoil, the Pooet Laureate.

Katie said...

I bet this makes a lot of people want to piss on the toilet. ha!

I have seen this before... "Use me well and keep me clean, I'll never tell what I have seen!"

Stevyn Colgan said...

Katie - Eek. That's disturbing. Like CCTV in the bowl. Or like Chuck Berry.

Janet said...

BTW, that's an exceedingly clever title you dreamed up for this post!

Stevyn Colgan said...

Janet - I do like a good pun now and again. I must write one one day!

willow said...

I am very relieved to know that you don't make a habit of lurking in men's rooms with your camera.

Stevyn Colgan said...

Willow - Oh good. It is a worry.