If you have never been to Italy or certain parts of Europe, I wouldn't be surprised if you didn't know what a bidet is. A friend and I certainly had no idea when we came across the following photo from Sydney Morning Herald:
So our initial thoughts were: isn't that a sink? But it's so low... we would have to kneel down to wash our hands??
Then came the second photo, adding to the confusion:
Okay, so a couple of other very educated colleagues were able to help explain to us what it was. But the confusion is still there. Does it mean I have to get up from the toilet and then walk over to the bidet? That doesn't make any sense!
The Japanese however, have totally nailed the concept by combining the toilet and bidet into one - and even automated it - now that's innovation.
Better finding out this now than when I'm in Europe one day! That would've been embarrassing...