You may have noticed some strange signs in outhouses lately. More specifically, if you are in the Rockies, bathroom signs explaining toilet etiquette and how to sit on toilets in national parks have been put up. It’s weird, that’s for sure, but apparently, it’s become necessary.

These toilet etiquette signs depict an illustration of someone standing on a toilet seat and squatting with a big red ex on one side. On the other side of the sign, you see someone sitting on a toilet like, you know, normal. Normal in North America, at least.

A Visitor Experience representative for the area told Global News that they had been noticing that visitors of the parks had been attempting to stand on the toilet seats.

Presumably, people that aren’t used to Western-style toilets. Not only does this get the seats dirty, but it’s also pretty dangerous on toilets that aren’t made to be stood on.

Because many toilets around the globe are pit latrines that are designed to be squatted over, the misunderstanding isn’t as outlandish as it sounds. “It's more of an Asia thing, but not just Asia," Jia Wang, deputy director of the China Institute at the University of Alberta told CTV News. "A lot of other countries have this as well". 

Wang went on to explain that some people believe sitting on the toilets is more unsanitary than standing on them. To this, we say fair enough.

As of now, signs have been installed at Lake O’Hara in Yoho National Park and can be expected in other locations such as Lake Louise, for example.

We’re not saying one way is more right than the other, but we are saying that toilet-related accidents are never ideal. When in doubt, follow the signs.

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