Lately, in fast food restaurants, I have been disgusted at the drink fountain. Why, you ask? What is the cause of your disgust, you ask? Well, let me tell you.
Have you ever noticed that whenever you go for a plastic lid to cover your drink, you accidentally pick up 5 or 6 because they always stick together? Seriously, can you honestly think of a time when they did not stick together?
This lid-sticking-together phenomenon not only happens to you, who I am sure has just washed your hands or at least most definitely washed your hands the last time you used the restroom, but this also happens to everyone else when they pick up a lid.
And by everyone else, I mean all the people who did not wash their hands after using the toilet.
And by everyone else, I mean all the people who did not wash their hands after sneezing into them.
And by everyone else, I mean all the people who did not wash their hands after picking their noses.
Not to scare you or anything, but just think about all of the potential germs and general grossness on all of the other people's dirty hands (because you know your hands are perfectly clean!) that has been transferred to your drink lid!
The very same drink lid that you will be touching right before you eat and the very same drink lid that will be coming close to your very own lips!
Lately, in an effort to get a clean lid, I have been picking up a large stack of lids and using the one at the bottom of the stack. In doing this, I hope I am eliminating a large part of the GAGG (germs and general grossness) that might potentially be on my lid. Of course, my hands are clean so this is perfectly okay.
But I guess I really shouldn't be too worried about this because according to this study, the soda machines are actually dispensing fecal bacteria.
But take heart:
"Wherever man is there will be representation of feces," said Philip Tierno, director of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology at New York University Langone Medical Center.
"We're basically bathed in feces as a society," he said.
Well, that makes me feel better.
I'm off to shower now.
And to get a new bottle of hand sanitizer for my purse.