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June 15, 2007 12:03 AM

Broken: Dark Horse Saloon restroom signs

RestroomPaul Schreiber points out a photo found on Buzz Andersen's Flickr photostream:

These gender restroom indications at the Dark Horse Saloon in Boulder, Colorado are very confusing.

It would be interesting to find out how many people walk into the wrong bathroom.




Posted by: krizpiyo at June 15, 2007 04:14 AM

It's broken but it's *benign broken*. No one has ever gone into the wrong bathroom. Many people have taken one-eighth of a second longer to decide than they might have done without the dopey arrows. It actually belongs to a category of *informal*, *vernacular*, *undesigned* communication that does no harm at all and that we'd miss if it went away.

Posted by: Steve Bowbrick at June 15, 2007 09:41 AM

Oh, I know what to do! Either:

1. Change the hinges to opposite sides of the door

(from[door][hinge] to


2. Repaint the door, mirroring it (the hand faces the other way for each door.

Posted by: Maxaxle at June 15, 2007 09:57 AM

Wouldn't want to walk into the women's room by accident by the look of that woman's arm and hand.

Posted by: Ben Thoma at June 15, 2007 11:47 AM

I say not broken. There is a man's leg on the door with the man hand, and a womans leg on the opposite door. This would clarify which door is which quite effectively.

Posted by: Narcissus at June 15, 2007 01:16 PM

It's not broken, it's intentional. I've seen the same thing at other bars. It's supposed to be funny. If someone accidentally goes into the wrong restroom, everyone gets a good laugh at their expense.

Posted by: Fastolfe at June 15, 2007 02:01 PM

If you've ever raced trikes at the horse, you'll know this isn't broken. It's art. And it's not benign broken, I have met a trike race who hasn't ventured into the wrong bathroom

Posted by: Jeff at June 15, 2007 04:51 PM

Seriously people what is wrong with you--don't you recognize that these signs are a joke!

Posted by: gary at June 16, 2007 12:34 PM

I have been there, and I walked into the wrong one! The one on the left is the mens and the right is womens, I found out that the hard way...

Posted by: hvfox at June 25, 2007 10:50 PM

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