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Why do people point to their wrist when asking for the time, but don't point to their crotch when they ask where the bathroom is?

Asked by jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities (19692points) June 2nd, 2009
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wundayatta's avatar

Because they aren’t wearing a chastity belt.

Dog's avatar

While I do not know the answer I can say that this question is one of the reasons I lurve Fluther.

Dog (25142points)“Great Answer” (4points)
AstroChuck's avatar

Who says I don’t?

Tink's avatar

Haha, because they might not want to confuse the other person especially the other gender

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

@Tink1113 That is true, and in foreign countries they might just get directed to the local prostitute.

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

Small children tug on the front of their pants to signal they want to go to the bathroom.
Grown people tug on the front of their pants to signal they want you to follow them into the bathroom.

applesaucemanny's avatar

haha wow, you said the exact same thing my friend said on her blog, well I wanna see the first person to do that

Tink's avatar

@applesaucemanny – Who are you talking to?

cak's avatar

When my husbnand was being a smart ass – because I didn’t hear what he had to say – he non-verbally acted out the fact that he had to go pee.

It’s not pretty. Let’s not see this trend start. I absolutely cracked up…the lady next to us, didn’t appreciate the humor.

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aprilsimnel's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities – So, you haven’t been to NYC, then?

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skfinkel's avatar

That’s a laugh out loud question!

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

@aprilsimnel No, but I do have to go really bad (points to crotch). Is it worth the trip?

aprilsimnel's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities – We’ve got some nice ones at Trump Tower on 57th Street. And some public potties around midtown are just like the ones in France!

Hey… we aren’t indulging a fetish for you, are we, Mr Private Facilities?

Darwin's avatar

That’s because universal sign language already exists to express that communication.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

@aprilsimnel Damn!, well I guess I’m surprised I made it this long before somebody found out. jk

DarkScribe's avatar

Who says that they don’t? I have seen both Frenchmen and Italians use a “zip/unzip” motion to indicate need.

Jeruba's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities, how about if you do an experimental study for us in natural settings (office, mall, city street, schoolyard, police station) and report back on your success?

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

@Jeruba And you’ll all donate to bail me out of jail, and drop the harassment charges right?

Tink's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities -ill pitch in a quarter

Jeruba's avatar

Aha, @jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities, I think we now know your own answer to the question!

TitsMcGhee's avatar

I point at my wrist or feign checking an invisible watch only when referring to a passage of time.

ratboy's avatar

In polite society, people indicate the need in question by performing the pee-pee dance.

prasad's avatar

What about the toilet?

Jack79's avatar

Lurve for making me laugh jeff :)

bythebay's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities: This is truly one of the funniest Q’s I’ve seen on here in a long time and you truly made me laugh out loud! Much lurve.

whatthefluther's avatar

When pointing to your wrist you are indicating that you lack a timepiece and are acknowledging they possess that which you lack and to please share the information it contains. Applying the same logic would therefore suggest that by pointing to one’s crotch, one is basically saying:“I don’t have one; I believe you do: will you share?” I’ll let your dirty little minds take it from there…

whatthefluther's avatar

Now, taking it in reverse, if we accept that pointing to one’s crotch indicates the need to go to the bathroom to release accumulated fluids, would not a point to the wrist indicate the desire to slash one’s wrist and bleed? I mean….wtf

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

Speaking of the pointing to the wrist to indicate time, I ahve been known to show mock anger at friends and exclaiming they are late, while pointing at my watch-less writst, then offering to show them how late they are on the nonexistent watch. It makes for a good laugh,and people seem to enjoy my crazy sense of humor.

Without laughter, Life is not only dull and boring, but pointless as well.

whatthefluther's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities…By the way, great question fly and thanks for letting me call you “fly.” I’m a Jeff Goldblum fan as well, and “The Fly” was more than merely memorable (but it has been so long since I’ve seen it, I don’t recall what the more was….guess I’ll have to give it another view). See ya…wtf

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