Travel Diaries: Signage in Taipei

This poor blog has been neglected. Please forgive me as I am half way around the world at the moment. We’ve been here a week and it has been HOT. I’ve started putting my thoughts on a little Taipei travel blog and here’s what I posted over there today:

Taipei has many, many signs – most of which are relatively normal. But every once in a while I’ll come across one that just cracks me up. Usually there is absolutely nothing wrong with it, but it is so out of the ordinary for me that it makes me laugh. Below are a few of those.

NO HUBBUB!

Taken at the penguin exhibit at the Taipei Zoo. They want us to be quiet.

Know the poo.

Also from the Taipei Zoo. There is a “Know the Poo” exhibit in the bathroom area that shows the different sizes of poo of different zoo animals. It seems highly unlikely that an exhibit like that would be approved of in a US zoo, but I’m not sure why. There’s nothing wrong with it, right?

Taipei101-6s

Again, nothing wrong with this sign. Taken in the women’s restroom on the observation deck of Taipei 101, the world’s 2nd tallest building. Message: Women, please don’t hover and make a mess. Thanks.

No UrinatingTaken at the enterance to Dahu park in Neihu district, Taipei. Again, a perfectly fine message, right? But this one really cracks me up! I, for one, am glad that the urinating man is standing right where he is.

Apparently potty humor makes me laugh.  Sorry to those of you out there who don’t  find it amusing.  I’ll be back to crafty posts in about a month.

20 Responses to “Travel Diaries: Signage in Taipei”


  1. 1 Courtney July 4, 2010 at 8:01 am

    Thank you for sharing these signs! I *adore* potty humor. In fact, I think I want to print copies of these signs and display them in my bathroom! :-)

  2. 3 Joanna July 4, 2010 at 10:41 am

    I lived in Korea for 15 months and I thought it was hilarious that they seemed to really be into poo. I bought lots of stationery that had spaghettin in the shape of poo, ice cream (Baskin Robbins, no less) in the shape of poo and all sorts of other stuff. Complete with flies and everything. And the signs, oh my, I have many, many pictures of the hilarious signs.

    • 4 craftapple July 5, 2010 at 4:37 am

      Maybe it’s an Asian thing? You know, I think in the US it’s just culturally inappropriate to talk about such things, let alone put pictures up regarding the whole #2 thing. :) I can totally see the flies as making the whole image more cute. Everything around here is very cute.

  3. 5 Cindy July 4, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Awesome! Love them all. Enjoy your travels.

  4. 7 Marie July 4, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Omg, I laughed so hard at the the last one! And Joanna is right about the poop fascination in S. Korea. I have a kid’s story book about a pile of dog poo who was so sad because no one wanted him like the pile of cow manure. I guess I’m into potty humor too :)

    • 8 craftapple July 5, 2010 at 4:40 am

      That sounds like a funny book! I remember one a while back, I think it was from Japan called, “The Gas We Pass” or something like that. It was very cute and funny. Now giving emotions to the poo? That sounds entertaining!

  5. 9 Beth July 5, 2010 at 7:53 am

    I think my husband will really like these. And I agree that the red line is well placed in that last sign! Have a great trip!

  6. 11 Bethany July 5, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Check out Engrish.com. You could probably send these in to them :)

  7. 13 caila611 July 7, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    LOL I love some of the translations and the signs we would never see here. Thanks for the laugh today!

  8. 15 Cindi July 9, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Linda, must be us mothers of boys find potty humor funny! I mean we live with people who roll in the floor after burbing! Loved the signs and have a great trip!

    • 16 craftapple July 10, 2010 at 4:35 am

      You know, I think I’ve always found humor in stuff like this, but I think you’re right. If I was the mom of all girls it probably wouldn’t amuse me so much. :)

  9. 17 Beth July 14, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Hi, I am a photographer and fellow crafter (when my fulltime job, photography business and family give me a little time). I follow your blog and really enjoyed this post! Keep up the good work!

  10. 18 Rae July 19, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Oh my goodness those are the BEST!!! I love it! Thanks for giving me a laugh today. :P

  11. 19 A Wonkey Donkey September 4, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Potty Humor should make everybody laugh.


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