My apologies for the rather arid posting period. I have been at a conference that has consumed much more time than I expected, and on top of that, I have come down with a mild illness. While I promise to post more profoundly in the near future, I interrupt the dry spell with another of my favorites–public signage with a mystifying intent.  It’s not problematic that the sign warns of alcohol’s effect on the fetus; it’s the fact that a warning about birth defects is outside the men’s restroom.

If anyone else has a good reason why this sign was posted in the inside of the men’s restroom at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, feel free to enlighten me. Perhaps they expect some women to be sufficiently drunk to mistake the restroom, but sober enough to understand the sign’s warning against birth defects?

warning against birth defects at a men's restroom in New Orleans

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