Occupied Signs for All   (0)  [vote for, against]
Get rid of that embarrassing knocking system...

If you live in a house with at least 1 other person in it, you've probably experienced something like this: you go for the bathroom, knock on the door... And you hear your housemate say something such as "I'm in here!" What do you do? You're trapped in a swirling vortex of suffering and embarrassment. But, finally, a way to fix that! All bathroom doors should have an occupied/free sign on them, to eliminate the need for the embarrassing knock thing.
-- friendless-person, Dec 18 2003

Very common in parts of Europe [AO, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

// You're trapped in a swirling vortex of suffering and embarrassment. //

No I'm not.
-- kropotkin, Dec 18 2003

I generally rely on the following system

open door - probably no one in there
closed door with light coming out the crack at the bottom - probably someone in there, so if you are gonna barge in, please put on a blindfold
closed door with no light coming out the crack - one of your housemates is playing games with you, or they are some sort of nocturnal beast (probably a raccoon or a rent-a-cop), or both… proceed with caution
-- luecke, Dec 18 2003

[mfd] let's all...
-- grip, Dec 18 2003

+ for having my alias in your description :)

But usually in our house we keep the door open a crack when no ones in it
-- v0rtexx, Dec 19 2003

Or, carry around your own photocopied "occupied" signs, and a pot of wallpaper paste.
-- Fishrat, Dec 19 2003

Every house I have lived in has had an engaged/vacant lock.
-- sufc, Dec 19 2003

If you're in there, sing a song.
-- squeak, Dec 19 2003

Stop tapping
I'm crapping
-- thumbwax, Dec 19 2003

When you're headin into third,
and you think you feel a turd,
Diarrhea (fart, fart)
Diarrhea (fart, fart)

(I can't seem to recall the verse for second base, so I'll just act like someone posted it, then deleted it after my post...)
-- luecke, Dec 19 2003

You've just rounded second
And you feel Mother Nature beckon,
Near the shortstop, I would reckon,
You'll fill your pants in a picosecond.
-- FarmerJohn, Dec 19 2003

[insipid], I'm guessing not as often as people call you tasteless, dull or flat?
-- saker, Mar 24 2004

random, halfbakery