Fishing banned in Sochi Olympic toilets (seriously)

Canadian Olympic snowboarder Sebastien Toutant discovered an odd sign in the toilets over at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.  The sign proscribes a number of activities that are not permitted in the toilets, including, apparently, fishing.

I am not making this up.

It has to be seen to believed.


In addition to fishing, other activities that are not permitting in the toilets at the Sochi Olympics include:

* Peeing while standing up.

* Vomiting (or perhaps praying while Muslim, it’s not entirely clear which).

* Sitting on top of the toilet, Turkish style (who would do that?).

* And injecting heroin.

Here’s the entire sign:


Sochi’s toilets were already late-night fodder due to the discovery that several of the Olympic bathrooms have two toilets in one stall, more commonly referred to as “love toilets.”


Bloomberg reports that the Russians have gotten quite testy about the love toilets, and came up with all sorts of phony excuses for them, which eventually got shot down.  So lord only knows what they’re going to come up with for the fishing ban.  (Oh, and feel free to propose your own suggestions, for what the Russians actually meant for the various things banned in the picture above – you can post them in the comments.)

But that’s not all. Others are reporting that theyr’e seeing warnings not to flush the toilets at all:


Then there’s this, from another reporter:



And two more from Sporting News:



And the situation in the hotels isn’t much better. Here’s what passes for tap water in Sochi, via Stacy St. Clair of the Chicago Tribune:



In view of all of this, Spectrum Human Rights on Facebook has come up with a new Olympic logo:

(I’m told that in order to better see my Facebook posts in your feed, you need to “follow” me.)

CyberDisobedience on Substack | @aravosis | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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