Friday, January 27, 2012

PSA - "We're basically bathed in feces as a society."

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.


Annikke said...

I have that same little phobia. Sometimes if I do much THINKING when out at a restaurant I will make myself not wanna eat! So many gross things... so so so many!

Corey~living and loving said...

oh great....I like to pretend I don't know this stuff....but I do know....and I feel icky about it. I don't understand why people don't wash their hands. It annoys me sooooooooooooooooooooo much.

Mari said...

oh boy - this is disgusting!

deborah said...

I can gross myself out and want to never go anywhere if I dwell on it too much..

They say the refrigerator handles and freezer handles in the grocery are right up there with bathroom door handles..

ewww..yuck..gotta just remember I can't live in a cocoon..

Grandma T said...

Except for the yuck factor, I guess our bodies can handle more than we give them credit for. Anyway, we are here now to discuss it and I'm thankful!! :)

Tricia said...

I think about this every time I take a lid, which I'm glad isn't very often. I always take from the middle.

But fecal bacteria from soda machines! EWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!! I had no idea! And I'm taking your word for it because I do NOT want to click on "the study" and know anymore about it. I'd rather keep my head in the sand for this one.

Wendy said...

I've always made sure to pull a lid from the middle of the stack because the thought of someone else's germy hands touching my lid grosses me out!