Pooping On Laundry Prohibited!


Okay, this sign actually reads “Don’t Give Food To The Pigeons!” but it goes on to give a rather elaborate rationale for withholding bread crumbs from the little beggars. It seems that not only will feeding them provoke an unnatural population explosion, the poop from all those extra pigeons will be a scourge on local residents’ laundry.

I had to laugh, because in Japan, this approach will totally work. It’s bad enough that all too often, you look out the classroom window, see rain streaking the glass, and curse the fact that you bet on the 70% chance it wouldn’t rain. All the socks and underwear you own are hanging out on your balcony, and they’re all now soaking wet. Imagining coming home to find them covered in pigeon poop on the days it doesn’t rain should be enough to give pause to all but the most rabid bird lover.

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Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, produces the monthly e-magazine Japanagram, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

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2 thoughts on “Pooping On Laundry Prohibited!

  1. Hah! This reminds me of a post I did a while back about when a cicada peed on my husband’s head. Wish there was a way to control that revolting population.

    1. Actually, now that you mention it, it’s kind of amazing that more people don’t get pooped on by cicadas! They are EVERYWHERE and they are HUGE. Of course, they are also The Sacred Haiku-Endorsed Sign Of Summer, so I’m pretty sure we won’t be seeing anti-semi signs anytime soon.

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