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    Why do Thai men wash their hands before going to the toilet?

    I've wondered about this for years, never seen any one ask about it (though I'm sure Marmite will pop up and link to another thread from 24 months ago)

    just today I was having a quick leak.

    Two guys came in, washed their hands, did their business and left.

    Teak door immediately sprang to mind.

    Once I was in basilico in soi 33.

    Chef came in, washed his hands, pissed and then left.

    What's the logic?

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    They know where it's been previously!

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    My brother-in-law is a classic. He actually puts the toilet seat down before pissing. When I asked him about it, he said that he was told he should always put the toilet seat down for the girls to use. I told him he was supposed to do it after he pissed not before. Apparently a bad habit to break as he still does it.

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    Ever cooked with fresh chillis?

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    ^ I think you've hit the nail on the head

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    Why do Egyptians flush the toilet before they use it then walk away without flushing (or washing their hands) when they're done?

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    In my backpacking days I picked mangoes for a month or so. After a week I developed a bastard of a rash on the old John Thomas. It was freakin' murder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoGeAr
    Apparently a bad habit to break as he still does it.
    Dunno, put it down before pissing might inspire the ol lady to put the seat up after she's done here business...

    Why is it women don't have to put UP the seat when they are done? Anybody sits without looking desreves whatever they may get. Then theres the fact that about 85% of the damn toilets out there have fucking covers. Why isn't the goddam thing used? I mean Who wants to go a in a bathroom with a fucking gaping hole wide open like some shit-eating pacman next to them while they brush their teeth?

    I prefer the lid closed. The Ol lady? she's got a brother. She refuses to open any toilet lid without flushing first. Afraid of what she might find. Guess the only reason her family ever closed the lid is to hide whatever business had been done. Maybe it's cheaper than flushing?
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    ^You guys have flushing toilets? Sweeeet.

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    The thing I ALWAYS notice is the guys spitting in the sink, blowing their noses in the sink, washing their mouth out with the tap water and then polishing their face with their hand from the sink as well. Round and round and round with the wet hand on their face.

    Reminds me of the way the wife applies the powder to her face in the morning.

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    My wife's friends were over for a BBQ a few weeks ago.

    One silly cow came out after having a squirt and asked my wife where the water basin and plastic bowl were to flush her nastiness.

    My wife introduced her to the round button on top of the toilet.

    She was impressed. Had never seen one before. Honest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benbaaa View Post
    Ever cooked with fresh chillis?
    Yep, but i bet none of the young Thai guys that work in our office have.

    I cook with chilli's and have to manipulate contact lenses. Doesn't put me off.

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    Hands are much dirtier and have more bacteria on than the penis. What's wrong with keeping your best friend clean. Also the chilli thing.... once bitten, twice shy and all that. Or maybe it's because they've had their fingers up their arse.

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    When I worked on ships, I usually had to wash my hands first...didn't want bilge water, oil, grease, etc, etc on my dick.

    Listening to flowing water while practically doing the pee pee dance isn't really that fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSFFan View Post
    When I worked on ships, I usually had to wash my hands first...didn't want bilge water, oil, grease, etc, etc on my dick.

    Listening to flowing water while practically doing the pee pee dance isn't really that fun.
    Of course we should wash our dirty hands FIRST!
    Why wash them afterwards? My Dick is clean at all times......Oh Yes it is!!!

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    Should wash before and after for reasons of hygiene.

    Both Thais and farangs frequently miss one or the other.

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    Read a survey once that showed over 50% of blokes don't wash their hands after a toilet visit. Kind of puts you off eating out of those bowls of free peanuts they have in some bars.

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    I read that urine is sterile and absolutely harmless. I guess that is how those watersports afficionados keep so healthy.

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    Do you often piss on your hands in the toilet?

    I don't.

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    I wash my hands before taking a piss, quite logical really. My cock is nice and clean and tucked safely away in my shorts and not been exposed to anything, where as my hands are out in the open coming into contact with who knows what during the course of the day, so it don't make much sense to put dirty hands on a clean cock does it now. (Unless you happen to be DD in soi yodsak and paying for the pleasure!!!!!!)

    As a side note i also wash my hands after taking a piss too.

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    I once sailed on the southern ocean leg on a Round the world Whitbread yacht, The toilet was a Bog seat hanging off the stern, so while surfing down 10 mtr waves in 50 knots of wind and then trying to drop a log while passing icebergs, you didn't worry about wiping yer arse let alone washing your hands.
    The only comfort on the stinking yacht was the wooden toilet seat, thankfully because if it was stainless steel your arse would have frozen to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat View Post
    My wife's friends were over for a BBQ a few weeks ago.

    One silly cow came out after having a squirt and asked my wife where the water basin and plastic bowl were to flush her nastiness.

    My wife introduced her to the round button on top of the toilet.

    She was impressed. Had never seen one before. Honest.
    I believe you. When I was with the Ex visiting her mother in Khon Kaen hospital she told me after she came back from the toilet, one woman asked her too how to flush.

    Funny side anecdote, we stayed at the Kaen Inn and her brother visited us with his wife. They had to use the stairs up to the 8th (9th for americans) floor because his wife was too scared to use the elevator.

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    If I am outside, my hands are generally dirty, so I always wash them, before I do anything else, if there is water handy. There is usually water available when I have to take a leak, so I wash. Years ago, I used to work Saturdays at the local garage, pumping diesel. On the safety handouts were pictures of guys with advanced dermetitis of the genatailia, caused by having a leak with dirty hands. I think that sorted me out for life. I expect that Thai men have their own reason for doing it. I'd lean towards the raw chillies theory.

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    The MIL won't even get on an escalator let alone a lift. They live about 30 km outside Nakhon Phanom in Ramaraht District and she has been into the city less than 10 times in her life. She suffers from severe travel sickness which was handy in a way because it cut down on visits by the in-laws. Although when they did visit it meant they stayed for a while. We live in Australia now.

    She had the same problem with flush toilets other posters have mentioned but the one I liked was when she wouldn't come anywhere near my computer. She was convinced there was en evil spirit living inside it. Took a while for her to get used to a telephone (and late a mobile) too !!

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    I had a new gf for a few months. I had the pleasure of taking her on her first airplane ride from Phuket to Bangkok. She was scared shitless.

    She insisted on holding my hand on takeoff and landing and her palm was so sweaty I had to wipe it off on her shirt.

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