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Warning: Beware of banana peels, falling anvils, and wet paint

November 16th, 2010 · 54 comments

“I’m sure they didn’t actually paint the toilet seats,” says Brett in Syracuse. And yet, he says, when he saw this sign posted by a former co-worker, “I couldn’t stop laughing about the idea that that’s what got her.”

Thank you for the sign stating there would be wet paint in the bathroom! (Yes! This IS passive aggressive!)

Perhaps a few signs like this (as spotted by Madeline at her university’s art studio) would have made for a proper rebuttal?

I'm not sure if this is wet

Maybe you should touch it.  That's what you do with wet paint, right?

related: Ceci n’est pas une note passif-agressif

FILED UNDER: bathroom · college life · meta · office · sarcasm · smartass · thanks (but not really)

54 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Kia

    At first I thought the second one was proper PA, but then I realized it was written by the same person. Does that make is PA, or just…encouraging?

    Nov 16, 2010 at 6:34 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   M L

      My guess? That grey thing had to be repainted because, despite a prominent “wet paint” sign the first time around, someone just HAD to touch it to see if it was still wet.

      Hence the smartassery the second time.

      Nov 16, 2010 at 8:13 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #1.2   pony girl

      @ M L,

      I think you’re right; I’ve seen people do that, and then say, “Oh, I was just checking to see if it was still wet.”
      Me: “Why?”
      Stupid person: “I don’t know.”
      Me: “I’m afraid I can’t be your friend anymore.”

      Nov 16, 2010 at 10:16 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

    • #1.3   zenvelo

      are you sure that wasn’t a post coital conversation with your old boyfriend?

      Nov 16, 2010 at 11:25 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #1.4   pony girl


      Yeah, I’m sure.

      ps- you rock

      Nov 17, 2010 at 3:43 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #1.5   The Elf

      Oooooh, I find wet paint, wet concrete, and giant red buttons that say DO NOT PUSH to be utterly irresistable. That sign w0uld just encourage me.

      Nov 17, 2010 at 8:01 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #1.6   Susann

      @M.L. “Smartassery”…..Love it! That is my new word. LOL

      Nov 17, 2010 at 5:18 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #2   Elizabeth

    My husband’s grandfather DID paint the toilet seat, and his grandmother got stuck on there. His response was, “Well, I SAID I painted in there.” So, painting toilet seats does happen!

    Nov 16, 2010 at 6:53 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   Z

      Ahhh, old people…

      Nov 17, 2010 at 11:30 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #3   Flaboy2425

    His coworker, the white tailed dear (deer).

    Nov 16, 2010 at 7:23 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #4   HUGE tracts of land

    Holy fucking christ, this may be the excess of wine speaking, but the second set of notes is frying my interpretation circuits…How the hell would the reader know what was going on — it’s an art studio, this could easily be some kind of ‘installation’ piece. A really, really insipid installation piece, one deserving a grade of, say, D-, but, still, I’d feel like I should have some kind of sophisticated response…

    Nov 16, 2010 at 7:44 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   sleeps

      Also, I’m giving you a thumb based purely on your screen name. Kudos.

      “Someday son, all this will be yours…”

      Nov 16, 2010 at 8:07 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

    • #4.2   anglophile bang

      …and NO SINGING!

      Nov 16, 2010 at 9:04 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #4.3   The voice of... James Mason bang

      hear, hear!!! “I just want to meet a girl… with that special… something…”

      Nov 16, 2010 at 9:42 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #4.4   Divvitar

      “Stop that! Stop that! You’re not going into a song while I’m here!”

      Nov 17, 2010 at 12:59 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

  • #5   sleeps

    Ok, am I the only one confused by the first note in context with the comments? If I just read the note itself, I think, “She is being sarcastic, and there wasn’t actually a wet paint note, but there was wet paint and she got some of the paint on her person/clothing/etc.”

    Then I read the comments about paint on toilet seats and “that’s what got her”, and I be so confuse… I mean, I’d be super pissed if someone painted the bathroom wall without informing me, and I got paint on my sleeve, or pant leg, or what have you.

    Nov 16, 2010 at 8:04 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #6   Resident Grammarian esq bang

    There is nothing worse than a toilet seat that is not immaculately white. If you get a ring of paint on your butt then that’s a small price to pay for that beautiful, pristine toilet seat.

    Nov 16, 2010 at 8:09 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   DecaturPen

      which is no longer pristine.

      Nov 16, 2010 at 9:59 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #6.2   clumber

      …and I have taken the liberty of asking Detective Sparky here to get all of your prints. Soon we will know who the guilty party is … depristine Res. Gramm’s toilet seat will you… No, no. We won’t be taking your fingerprints per se… Drop your shorts and Detective Sparky will ink your ass….

      Nov 17, 2010 at 10:21 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #7   wright1

    The odor of fresh paint tends to make me careful about touching counters / walls / doors, etc. in the immediate vacinity. Warning notes or not.

    Maybe irate notewriter #1 was too busy appreciating that the bathroom smelled of paint (as opposed to what it usually smells like) to be cautious?

    Nov 16, 2010 at 8:56 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   The Elf

      Someone should have stuck an old pizza box in there as an air freshener. Then maybe she would have been more cautious.

      Nov 17, 2010 at 8:04 am   rating: 21  small thumbs up

    • #7.2   bored@work

      And they could leave some pumpkins outside the bathroom door.

      Nov 17, 2010 at 9:44 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #7.3   clumber

      Perhaps even a happy family of pumpkins….

      Nov 17, 2010 at 10:22 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #8   pony girl

    I would never touch any surface in the bathroom anyways. I’m absolutely anal (please pardon the pun) about public bathrooms.
    If not for the fact that I’m half naked and doing unmentionable things in there, I’d have someone film me and sell it on the internet, because it is quite the acrobatic performance let me tell you. Especially when it’s winter and I have coat, scarf, hat and Christmas shopping bags galore.

    Nov 16, 2010 at 10:11 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   anglophile bang

      psst, pony girl.

      It’s ok, you can go ahead and sit. I’ve been doing it forty years and have never caught anything nasty. Trust me, once you sit, you never quit.

      Nov 17, 2010 at 6:40 am   rating: 16  small thumbs up

    • #8.2   Woman on the Verge bang

      I sit… after wiping the seat and carefully laying out 57 layers of toilet paper.

      Nov 17, 2010 at 9:30 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #8.3   clumber

      And so the Great Question is answered! Now we know what WotV is on the verge of!

      Nov 17, 2010 at 10:23 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #8.4   Z

      I sit and luxuriate and have never caught anything, ever. My girlfriend that get’s pedicures however has a fungus on her foot from the place she goes and has to have it BURNED off. Perspective.

      Nov 17, 2010 at 11:33 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #8.5   Mo

      * gets bowl of popcorn *

      Nov 17, 2010 at 12:34 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #8.6   pony girl

      It’s not a matter of catching anything, really. It’s just a matter of my not wanting to put my bare ass where 1,000′s of other people put their bare ass.
      I mean, I wouldn’t walk up to complete strangers and rub bare-ass to their bare-ass.

      So, I either hover (very carefully, and I do wipe, just in case to make sure I don’t leave a mess for the next person) or I wipe it and put down, as WotV said, about 57 layers of TP.

      But if the bathroom is extremely nasty and I just can’t hold it, I will hover, because it’s not just the seat that has yuckiness on it.
      I don’t care if pee is sterile. It’s stinky and I don’t want it on me.

      Nov 17, 2010 at 12:37 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #8.7   Walker, "Tex" (a stranger) bang

      She sits and shifts
      and shifts and sits…

      Nov 17, 2010 at 4:26 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #8.8   clumber

      PG – you must have the most well-developed hamstrings and glutes…. I have such a crush on you now.

      I’m more of the “if nothing appears out of sorts at first glance, just sit, get biz done, and don’t think about the previous bare asses” camp. If something appears out of sorts, then I’ll hold until my kidneys explode or I get home, whichever comes first. I have given myself sore kidneys and UTIs this way though, so I do not recommend it.

      I will admit to knowing the “safe” public restrooms in a range of about 100 miles from my home, too.
      Chick urinals totally need to become standard in public restrooms. Then hovering can take on a new and acceptable shade. I guess they’d be more troughs than urinals? Hmmm….

      Nov 17, 2010 at 4:34 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #8.9   pony girl

      @ clumber,


      ps -You better get to the patent office quick; that’s a million-dollar idea!

      Nov 17, 2010 at 6:24 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #8.10   Raincheck

      Um, the entire third world has squat toilets. I think you might be a little late.

      Nov 17, 2010 at 11:29 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #8.11   pony girl

      Yeah, I’ve seen them.
      They’re horrid.

      I’m thinking squat toilets, only nicer.
      They’ll definitely need a new name.

      Nov 17, 2010 at 11:55 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #8.12   clumber

      No no, i was thinking more of something porcelain and over-designed. Hole in the floor… pshaw. Perhaps a fold-out trough thingie – adjustable for size and preferences of course – that one can sort of hover over, and the flush mechanism also folds it back into the wall for disinfecting/bleaching/burning. The crotch in question would never need touch the device.

      In stalls though please. I want no part of viewing aforementioned random bare asses.

      Nov 18, 2010 at 8:03 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #9   Mel K

    The 1st notewriter deserves wet paint on her ass. Who doesn’t look at the seat to see if it is clean and dry before sitting down?

    She should have drawn a frowning face with very angry eyebrows. Then we’d know just how unhappy she was.

    Nov 16, 2010 at 10:21 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #10   cleanuponaisle2

    …maybe I’ll touch YOU first… if you leave a residue, then I’ll know better than to touch anything else…

    Nov 16, 2010 at 10:25 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #11   Canthz_B bang

    “I’m not sure if this is wet. Maybe you should touch it…”

    That line really takes me back. You never forget the first time you’re invited, the relief that (this time) odds are no charges will be filed.

    Nov 16, 2010 at 10:56 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   Divvitar


      Nov 17, 2010 at 1:00 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #12   ThURSdaY

    …………….who paints a toilet seat?

    Nov 16, 2010 at 11:49 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   Meesh

      Who throws a shoe? Really.

      Nov 17, 2010 at 10:15 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #12.2   clumber

      What is the sound of one bun clapping?

      Nov 17, 2010 at 10:25 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #12.3   Mo

      Begin the unnecessarily slow-moving dipping mechanism!

      Nov 17, 2010 at 12:43 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #13   Canthz_B bang

    Free wet paints in the restroom + art students = something interesting to look at while on the stool if you don’t have a newspaper.

    Not bad, considering that that’s all we really want anyway.

    Nov 17, 2010 at 6:22 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   WMDKitty

      There’s a reason we keep reading material in the bathroom.

      Nov 17, 2010 at 10:55 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #14   g

    How the fuck do magnets work?

    Nov 17, 2010 at 7:53 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   sleeps

      Miracles! They happen every day.

      Nov 17, 2010 at 8:34 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #15   The Elf

    I love the meta aspect of the first note. She knows it is passive-aggressive, but just writing “WET PAINT” as a warning to others wouldn’t be adequate, so she had to write the PAN. But she was ashamed to do it, so she acknowledged her crime in a semi-apologetic (but not really) tone. Beautiful!

    Nov 17, 2010 at 8:07 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #16   divaandwriter bang

    I’m just sitting here at my desk at work, enjoying this whole exchange.

    Nov 17, 2010 at 9:20 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   Mo

      I am three cubes over. :wink:

      Nov 17, 2010 at 12:47 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #17   Divvitar

    Wet paint would be an improvement over what’s on the restroom walls in my town. You would think people around here were raised by wild animals–and not just the damn gang-bangers!

    Nov 17, 2010 at 3:45 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #18   Walker, "Tex" (a stranger) bang

    Ah, curse this anagram-trained brain of mine. I keep reading “Thank you for the sign stating there would be wet panties in the bathroom.”

    Nov 17, 2010 at 4:29 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #19   esroberto

    Her note wasn’t passive aggressive. This website has no idea what the term actually means. Being sarcastic and impersonal is NOT passive aggressive. Screwing up things for the people who have offended the passive aggressive personality that are seemingly unrelated is what passive aggressive is. How moronic.

    Nov 28, 2010 at 11:36 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up


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