We’ve all been there. The struggle is real. We’ve all had that one door that’s somehow managed to turn itself into your own personal Lex Luthor even though it’s an inanimate object. You know what I’m talking about, that door you’re always trying to push while it mockingly spells out “pull” right in front of you. Or even worse, that door that tells you to push, your gut and all the logic in the world tells you to push and…crash. It’s a pull door.

Believe it or not there is actually a name for asshole doors like this. They’re called “Norman Doors”.  Norman Doors are the bad apple of doors. They’re the doors that would be wearing leather jackets and skipping door school, which would have taught them which way to freaking open.

Check out the video and you can feel the weight of years soul-crushingly awful design and engineering that’s frustrated you you’re entire life and finally realize, it’s not your fault. It’s half-assed and thoughtless work that’s caused you undue amounts of cursing at inanimate objects your entire life.


Posted by James Poling

A socialist, tinkerer, thinker, question asker and all around curiosity seeker. If you'd like to reach me you can use the contact link above or email me at jamespoling [at] gmail [dot] com.


  1. I encountered one such “Pull” door, that was really a Push, at a hostel across the street from Frankfurt Central Train Station, in 2014.



    1. Were you still trying to pull it up until you left?

      My pet peeve is businesses that only unlock one of the set of double swinging doors. It seems like it happens everywhere. Banks, restaurants, convenience stores, etc.

      How hard is it to just unlock the other door that’s right next to the one you’re already unlocking. This also seems like a recent trend (as in the past 5-10 years). Does anyone know if there’s an actual reason for this?



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