Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Doors (4)

A Double Take - In Every Sense

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON


I couldn't resist posting this rare shot in my Thursday series on doors from around the world.

I owe this shot to Grant, whose surname I won’t mention for obvious reasons. He’s a great bloke, with a wonderful eye for anything that is out of the ordinary. And yes, he is related to me.

We flew to Western Australia recently and while we were at a wedding reception at the Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery in Fremantle, I was in the minority as I sipped iced water while Grant was, er, in the majority, sipping drinks that were a bit more potent.

Halfway through the reception, he insisted that I grab my camera and follow him to shoot this sign on a door beside the men’s and ladies’ toilets. So I took Mrs Authorblog's leave and followed Grant. He showed me this sign with a theatrical flourish that a ringmaster would have been proud of.

But neither he (on his way along the path to merry inebriation and some great dance moves) nor I (stone cold sober) could figure out exactly what it means.

Let’s not go there. Literally and metaphorically.

For earlier posts in this series, see The Doors Archive.

34 comments:

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

Crumbs..l don;t know what to day nor think, actually..

Amber Star said...

I would have been stumped by that sign as well. I would have had to ask someone where the ladies room was located.

The blue door is beautiful. Blue is one of my favorite colors like most of the world.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my geranium pic.

Chapati said...

Hahaha!

Artist Unplugged said...

That's funny.

Jazz said...

Damn, I was expecting you to tell us what it means.

But do I really want to know?

Carol said...

Uh oh, David. Your blog is going to become "X" rated! LOL!

Life with Kaishon said...

That is so funny. I wonder what it does mean? Hope your week is delightful! I always love coming to see what you've got for us!

Hilary said...

Too funny. And a real head-scratcher. Perhaps relating to the location of the boys' handicapped stall. Maybe that there's only one, and it's located inside the girls' washroom?

Bee said...

I can't imagine that the Aussies didn't catch that double entendre!

squawmama said...

Very strange... wish you had found out what it meant....

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Carol said...

For once in my life.....
I'm speechless !

Maggie May said...

It could mean absolutely anything!
Maybe you will be needing to put a warning on your blog soon about the adult content! LOL

Suldog said...

Whatever it may mean (literally, of course) it's funny. Good enough for me!

Carolina said...

Whoever came up with that sign had a strange sense of humour. Or none at all! Being blessed with a strange sense of humour myself: big smile!

Elizabeth said...

Doors never fail to fascinate.
We are off to India next month. I hope to read your book before we go.

cheshire wife said...

You mean that curiosity did not get the better of you and you did not go to the 'little boys room' to investigate.

Mel said...

Classic...just what I needed today...the LAUGH not the door! ")

George said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who couldn't figure this sign out.

® ♫ The Brit ♪ ® said...

hahahahahaha that's hilarious David!!! :D
This post needs "Parental Control"!

imac said...

Interesting thoughts - there David.

Sandi McBride said...

And when you do...how bout let us know?
Sandi

Sarah Laurence said...
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Sarah Laurence said...

That sign is hilarious. I can't resist photographing silly signs either. You'd expect it more if it were an English translation. Fun blog!

Woman in a Window said...

Yup, think I'd be holding it for fear of the unknown!

Poutalicious said...

Do you think it once said "Boys Inside, Girls Outside?" Maybe a prankster thought it was funny to paint over the word outside? That is the only explanation I can think of - srsly.

Louise said...

Nothing like inviting trouble. And the handicapped sign along with it makes it even funnier!

Corey~living and loving said...

oh my goodness, David. I have no idea what it means either. how very ODD, indeed!

Hope this finds you well. I've been plenty busy these days. Still finding joy in the simple things....like cupcakes....tee hee

have a great day!

SandyCarlson said...

Let's not go there! Makes me think of those "family" lavatories in some places around here. They are big, and the point is the whole family is supposed to pile in at once. I am always amused. My family never did it that way. Once you're toilet trained, you're on your own!

Deb said...

I am still scratching my head this morning as I try to figure out what this sign means. My husband and I had a lively conversation as to the possible meaning. So...did you go into the room? Is it a unisex bathroom or is it a room for...my imagination often gets away from me. Thanks for the conversation starter.

John said...

Very good obserevert and photographed, David!

Is this a new meme?

spacedlaw said...

Great shot. It is a trifle mind boggling indeed.

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

too funny - I really wish I had your job!!

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

um,yeah,I think best left alone! What were they thinking? Oh,yeah,we DON'T want to know!

CrazyCath said...

Maybe they are punctuation challenged and it should read "Boy's inside Girls'"?
(Boy is inside [the] Girls' [washrooms])

Other than that we are going X rated....
(Sure your camera wasn't drinking?)

lol - word verification is "culturst"

Culturist this sign is NOT eh? :)