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Odd things I noticed while travelling - helen-louise
Odd things I noticed while travelling
Post written last night at the airport:
It's 21:57, I'm checked in and sitting at the gate, but my flight isn't until 23:35. The weather in New York today was so bad I couldn't work out how long it would take to get here, so I left at 7pm. I predict a lot of boredom in my future... Wonder if I'll be bored enough to type an entire trip report on this tiny PDA keyboard?

Signs that simply make no sense
Since I started dating an autistic person, I've started to notice signs that are confusing if taken literally. I'd like to hope that any spectrum people who were able to travel independently would recognise the implicit understanding in the standard airline security check of "Has anyone given you anything to take on this flight?", and not need to mention that the person at the check-in desk gave them a boarding pass. But I genuinely hope that airline and security staff have sufficient diversity training not to drag someone aside if they mention the boarding pass, and would know to follow up with "Has anyone given you anything else to take on this flight?".

I must admit to a few seconds of bewilderment when I saw a sign in an aeroplane toilet which said "Only toilet paper can be flushed down this lavatory." If that's taken literally, it means you're not allowed to use the toilet for its usual purpose! WTF?!

Oh God, there is currently a CNN report about the Creationism Museum on the TV. Please make it go away, please!

Signs that are bewildering to Brits
I got quite confused by the ubiquitous signs by bus stops that say "No standing". At first I thought it meant you couldn't stand to wait at the bus stop, then I thought it meant you weren't allowed to stand on the bus, only sit down. Finally I realised it was an instruction to traffic - something we'd phrase as "No stopping or parking". (And now I notice the inherent illogic in "No stopping" with its implication that you have to drive forever - how on earth do we write these things?!)

I was amused, in an "I can't believe this brand name helps sales" sort of way by the sports division of the shoe shop Foot Locker. It's called The Athlete's Foot. Now, I don't know about Americans, but here athlete's foot is a fungal infection that causes peeling skin and itching. It's certainly not something you want!

The CNN report is getting on my nerves - going to play my DS for a bit & hope I can block it out.

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From: marnanel Date: 5th April 2007 20:37 (UTC) (Link)
The Athlete's Foot thing amused me too.
treacle_well From: treacle_well Date: 5th April 2007 20:47 (UTC) (Link)
That fungal infection is very, very commonly referred to as "athlete's foot" by Americans. In fact it was (and possibly still is) a term used in advertisements and on packaging for antifungal products to treat that condition.

But, I never thought much about the name of that part of Foot Locker. I don't think it's the product of ignorance or even especially of carelessness. It's always just struck me as somewhat humorous word-play.
mjl From: mjl Date: 5th April 2007 21:38 (UTC) (Link)
I thought the Athlete's Foot thing was a deliberate joke. They have shops in the UK as well (can't remember where I saw one, but was up north somewhere).
mjl From: mjl Date: 5th April 2007 21:40 (UTC) (Link)
Should really Google before commenting, cause then I'd be able to link to stuff like the Athlete's Foot UK Website. Must have been in Chester that I saw it.
epi_lj From: epi_lj Date: 6th April 2007 03:08 (UTC) (Link)
We actually have signs disallowing stopping, parking *and* standing. I believe that parking involves getting out of the car, stopping involves turning the car off and standing involves leaving the car running.
lovingboth From: lovingboth Date: 6th April 2007 08:49 (UTC) (Link)
Now you've said it, I'm tempted to mention the boarding pass next time...

rhialto From: rhialto Date: 6th April 2007 15:52 (UTC) (Link)
And when you arrive, the customs person of the country that you enter asks if you ever left your luggage alone or if someone could have tampered with it. Presumably they don't wany you to mention that various unknown baggage handlers had it and it has been out of your sight during the whole trip.
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