In the English language alone, there are are many words not only for the bathroom – toilet, lavatory, WC – but also for Men and Women. Not so long ago the doors of bathrooms were marked “Ladies” and “Gentlemen,” but it is safe to say that both of these species in the old-fashion meanings of these words are extinct, so instead, we’ve started using pictograms as bathroom signs. And though most of the restrooms are marked with the simple triangles that we know and recognize so well, decorative bathroom signs are becoming more and more popular.
Take a look at this list of funny bathroom signs that Bored Panda has compiled for example. Sure they could have used boring “Men” and “Women” restroom signage, but the masterminds behind these clever creations have decided that toilets deserve better than that. The only problem is, some of these funny signs are so creative that you might struggle to understand them once you’ve had a beer or seven.
By the way, did you know, that the inventor of a first water-flushable toilet is an ancestor to Kit Harrington, who’s known for his famous role of John Snow in Game of Thrones? Another funny thing is that the ancestor’s name was John Harrington, hence the expression “the John” used to call a toilet. The more you know!
Leaving the history of Kit Harringtons family tree behind, check these funny pictures below. I promise they contain butt-load (pun intended) of funny bathroom art.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee will become the first state in the United States to require businesses and government facilities open to the public to post a sign if they let transgender people use multiperson bathrooms, locker rooms or changing rooms associated with their gender identity.
Republican Gov. Bill Lee signed a bill Monday that represents a first-of-its-kind law, according to the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ advocacy group that decried the bill as discriminatory and said the required signs are “offensive and humiliating.” The law will go into effect July 1.
Lee, who is up for reelection next year, had previously been mum on whether he would sign the bill. Instead, he told reporters earlier this month that he always had “concerns about business mandates” but was still reviewing the bill.
Lee’s approval came just a few days after he signed legislation that puts public schools and their districts at risk of losing civil lawsuits if they let transgender students or employees use multiperson bathrooms or locker rooms that do not reflect their sex at birth. It was the first bill restricting bathroom use by transgender people signed in any state in about five years, according to the Human Rights Campaign.
Lee also signed a different proposal this year that bars transgender athletes from playing girls public high school or middle school sports.
Republican statehouses have been awash in culture war legislation across the country this year, particularly focusing on the LGBT community. Tennessee has been the front lines on that fight, with civil rights advocates pointing out that only Texas has filed more anti-LGBT bills in the country.
Yet, to date, there has been no big, tangible repercussion where bills have passed targeting transgender people, unlike the swift backlash from the business community to North Carolina’s 2016 “bathroom bill.” In Tennessee, the bills are becoming law despite letters of opposition from prominent business interests.
According to the bill signed Monday, the required sign outside the public bathroom or other facility would say: “This facility maintains a policy of allowing the use of restrooms by either biological sex, regardless of the designation on the restroom.”
However, questions remain about how the law will be enforced and what, if any, consequences will stem from ignoring it. The law doesn’t spell out fines, penalties or any other mechanism to ensure the signs are put up when required.
Republican Rep. Tim Rudd, the bill’s sponsor, said no state department will oversee compliance with the law. Instead, Rudd said, local district attorneys could seek a court order to require a facility to post the sign. If an entity refused to comply, “it would open the door for whatever judicial remedies the court deems appropriate,” Rudd said.
Additionally, it’s possible that noncompliance could lead to civil liability, Rudd said.
“Whether you’re a man or woman, don’t you want to know who might be waiting on the other side of a bathroom door when you go in?” Rudd said in a statement. “Everyone has a
MILAN (Reuters) – Stocks and other risk assets rose on Monday as signs that Donald Trump’s health was improving brought relief to markets after the uncertainty of his COVID-19 infection sent investors rushing for safety last week.
The U.S. President, 74, was flown to a hospital for treatment on Friday, but his doctors said he had responded well and could return to the White House as soon as on Monday.
The MSCI world equity index, which tracks shares in 49 countries, was up 0.4% by 0812 GMT, supported by overnight gains across Asia and a positive start in Europe.
The pan-European STOXX 600 .STOXX rose 0.7%. S&P 500 futures EScv1 rose 0.5% and Nasdaq futures NQc1 0.8%, indicating a similarly strong start on Wall Street later.
Overhanging the relief rally, however, were concerns that Trump’s case could be more severe than public disclosures suggest, and that more restrictive measures by governments to slow coronavirus infections could harm the economic recovery.
Some traders were concerned by doctors’ admission that Trump had been given supplementary oxygen and steroids.
“Many questions remain including the use of the steroid drug … which is usually reserved for those with severe illness,” said Raymond James strategist Chris Bailey in London. “Global cases now top 35 million and various new restrictions in Paris, New York, etc”,
A survey on Monday showed the euro zone’s economic recovery faltered last month as new restrictions sent its dominant service sector into reverse.
IHS Markit’s final composite Purchasing Managers’ Index fell to 50.4, just above the 50 mark separating growth from contraction.
Trump’s infection also comes less than one month before the presidential election on Nov. 3, potentially fuelling more market volatility and making the outcome of the vote even more difficult to predict.
“In terms of the impact on the election, we haven’t seen enough polling to assess whether this increases or decreases his chances of winning,” said Deutsche Bank strategists.
According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Sunday, Democrat contender Joe Biden opened his widest lead in a month in the U.S. presidential race.
The volatility VIX index .VIX, known as Wall Street’s fear gauge, remained close to the one-week high it hit on Friday.
Meantime, suggestions Trump could leave hospital sent oil prices up more than 2%. An escalating workers’ strike in Norway that has shut four of Equinor’s oil and gas fields also helped drive the gains. [O/R]
Brent LCOc1 prices were up 2% at $40.1 a barrel and U.S. West Texas Intermediate CLc1 added 2.2% to $37.9 a barrel.
The dollar was little changed as investors awaited news about U.S. Trump’s health and developments in fiscal aid talks in Washington. [FRX/] The dollar index =USD was last down less than 0.1% on the day at 93.722.
Yields on benchmark 10-year Treasuries US10YT=RR rose to 0.7088% and the yield curve
The White House is showing no signs of backing down from President Donald Trump’s refusal to condemn White supremacy during Tuesday night’s presidential debate, despite pleas from some Republican allies to clarify his comments.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Thursday would not give a declarative statement denouncing White supremacy, instead pointing to the President’s past comments and insisting that he did not misspeak during the debate or after.
“The President, specifically, verbatim, was asked (Wednesday): ‘White supremacy — do you denounce them?’ To which he responded, ‘I have always denounced any form of that,’ ” McEnany said. “Those are the facts.”
But McEnany excluded the fact that when Trump was asked if he condemned White supremacists on Wednesday, he appeared to equate violence by far-left groups with White supremacy.
Asked if he condemned White supremacists, Trump told reporters: “I’ve always denounced any form, any form of any of that. You have to denounce. But I also — Joe Biden has to say something about antifa.”
Trump similarly argued during the debate that the left wing was to blame for violence at ongoing demonstrations across the country.
The President also told the Proud Boys — a far-right group the Anti-Defamation League calls misogynistic, Islamophobic, transphobic and anti-immigration — to “stand back and stand by.”
“Who would you like me to condemn?” Trump said. Biden could be heard twice saying, “Proud Boys.”
Video: White House still won’t outright denounce white supremacy (CNN)
“Proud Boys — stand back and stand by. But I’ll tell you what. I’ll tell you what. Somebody’s got to do something about Antifa and the left because this is not a right-wing problem,” Trump continued.
Although Trump has condemned the Ku Klux Klan and White supremacists in the past, he memorably said “both sides” were to blame for racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, has frequently downplayed the threat from White supremacists during his term in office and has made stoking racial tensions a key part of his reelection strategy. In contrast, the Trump administration has portrayed antifa and anarchists as a top threat to the US equivalent to that of the KKK, recently making a campaign promise to prosecute both the KKK and antifa as terrorist organizations.
FBI Director Christopher Wray recently told Congress that “racially motivated violent extremism,” coming mostly from White supremacists, has made up the majority of domestic terrorist threats in the US.
Some Republicans on Capitol Hill, including Sens. Mike Rounds of South Dakota and Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, gave Trump the benefit of the doubt, saying the President should clarify his debate remarks or that they believed he misspoke.
Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the lone Black Republican in the Senate, said Wednesday that he thought Trump had misspoken during the debate and “he should correct it.”
Asked directly if Trump misspoke, McEnany denied he had.
Fall is a great time to tackle projects around the house. The weather each fall allows homeowners to make improvements to their homes’ exteriors without worrying about extreme heat or cold, while interior projects like painting are made easier because homeowners can open the windows to allow for proper ventilation. Fall also marks a great time to prepare for upcoming projects that can make winter work that much easier. For example, fall is a great time to take stock of your gutters so you can address any issues before leaves begin to fall or the first snowstorm touches down. Compromised gutters can contribute to water issues in basements and adversely affect a home’s foundation if not addressed immediately, so it behooves homeowners to learn the signs that gutters are in need of repair or replacement.
• Gutters hanging off the home: Gutters were once installed predominantly with spikes. However, many industry professionals now install gutters with hanger brackets. Why the change? Spikes loosen over time, leading to the gutters hanging off the home. That can contribute to serious issues if left untreated. Gutters hanging off the home need not necessarily be replaced, but rather secured to the home, ideally with hanger brackets instead of spikes. Brackets hook into the front of the gutter and are then screwed into the fascia of a home. A professional who specializes in gutter repair can perform this task relatively quickly, and it’s an inexpensive yet highly effective solution.
• Gutter separation: Gutters that are no longer fastened together can leak and contribute to issues that affect the home’s foundation, siding and appearance. Clogs and the accumulation of debris can cause gutters to separate because they are not designed to hold too much weight. Replacement of separated gutters may or may not be necessary depending on how big the problem is and the condition of the existing gutters. If replacement is not necessary, separated gutters may be remedied by securing the joints, another relatively simple and inexpensive fix.
• Peeling exterior paint: Paint that appears to be peeling off of your home may indicate that water is seeping over the edge of the gutter closest to your home. When that happens, water is coming down the side of the house, causing the paint to peel. In such instances, replacing the gutters is often necessary.
• Basement flooding: Not all signs of deteriorating gutters are outside a home. Many a homeowner has been flummoxed by flooding in their basements, and such flooding can be caused by aging, ineffective gutters. That’s because deteriorating gutters sometimes allow water to leak near the foundation of a home, contributing to basement flooding. Fall is an ideal time to inspect gutters and have any issues fixed before leaves begin to fall or harsh winter weather arrives.
We’re fortunate that predicted high winds and rainfall from Hurricanes Laura and Sally did not materialize. We can’t let our guard down now, however; we still have months left in hurricane season. But we can at least allow the extreme anxiety produced by Sally to subside.
One factor that might help to soothe us is that, in the middle of hurricane season, we are also seeing a gradual transition to milder temperatures. Cool fronts begin to move through the state this month, bringing welcome relief from extreme heat and humidity. A cool front was expected to moved in Saturday to produce nighttime temperatures in the upper 60s and low 70s and daytime highs around 80 over the next few days.
Summer is not ending — we will likely see more days in the 90s, and temperatures in the 80s linger well into October. But we are through the most intense heat of the summer.
For the next six weeks we will experience a gradual shift to milder weather. There will be cool spells followed by decidedly summerlike weather, but as we move into late October, cooler weather will begin to dominate. Generally, not until mid- to late-November do we experience the frosty cold weather and changing leaves that tell us that fall has finally arrived.
Much of what we do in the garden over the next couple of months is influenced by the coming changes.
Because we have had so much rain this summer, you may not be in the habit of watering your landscape regularly (hasn’t that been nice). We saw record amounts of rain in July, and abundant rain also fell in August. With high temperatures and rain keeping the soil wet, however, root rot was fairly common and led to the loss of fruit trees, young shade trees and shrubs.
Since late August, however, conditions have been relatively dry, and irrigation is needed now. When watering a landscape, you must apply the water slowly and over a long enough period of time to allow it to penetrate at least 4-6 inches into the soil. You can best accomplish this by using sprinklers, soaker hoses or even drip irrigation.
After a thorough irrigation, don’t water again until the soil begins to dry out. You can even wait for the plants to show slight drought stress. Deep watering should be necessary for established plants only once or twice a week, even during very dry periods.
Newly planted bedding plants and vegetable transplants will need more attention and will likely need more frequent watering. Irrigating two or three times a week, possibly more frequently, may be necessary while they get established.
There are a few other things you may need to attend to this time of the year.
Here at the end of the summer growing season, it might be a good idea to impose some order on those overgrown flower beds. In addition to cutting back plants where needed, groom the planting to remove dead flowers