Your Not So Typical Blog Post
Your Not So Typical Blog Post
There are many things that get talked about in our office. If you got to be a fly on the wall you would probably leave our office laughing and thinking that we might be a little on the crazy side, and that’s honestly how we like it. Things from football, to the latest and greatest reality show, to how our finger nail polish and toe nail polish don’t match, to crazy stories from the grocery store or gas stations. Today, well, today was one of those days where a random topic got brought up and it sparked a conversation that was totally off the wall, and quite frankly unique. We got on the topic of public restrooms. Yes, you read that right. RESTROOMS. Something that most people don’t want to talk about, yet here we are, talking about it. Cindy showed me a picture that she took in the Atlanta Airport. There apparently is a new thing that is getting added to bathrooms in these areas called ActiveAire. It is a device that “will enhance your restroom experience.” You wave your hand in front of it, and a quiet puff of air freshener comes out. With essential oils and all things smell good being the craze in the world that we live in, I am not surprised that something like this has popped into public restrooms. Cindy said that was amazed by this and got a kick out of when she saw this in the airport. So, talking about this lead us down a whole path of public restrooms. I (Anna) am a Public Health major at East Tennessee University and I started talking to her about just how gross public restrooms are. We got to talking primarily about the hand dryers that are in the restrooms. Don’t get me wrong, I get that we want to reduce waste, save the tress, etc. HOWEVER, I don’t think that people realize that adding a gust of air in a place where you take care of business and what they might cause. I remember reading things over the course of my life, but I did some research to find out all the things that I remember reading so I can get my facts straight. They have a word for this really gross thing that toilets do called toilet plume according to self.com (I’ll link websites at the end of this article.) And to be honest they say it best. It’s like your toilet is spraying poop confetti. There hasn’t been a lot of research done on exactly how far these particles can go, BUT, the microbiology community’s general consensus is that it can go to as far as SIX feet outside of the toilet. SIX FEET Y’ALL! I’m personally 5’8″ so that is a solid four more inches than I am even tall. WHAT? Also, have you watched the video of myth busters and the hand washers? If you haven’t click HERE because it will change your life. Also, click here to watch another view of the same experiment, but in a little bit more detail. We got taught how to properly wash our hands when we were younger for a reason. There is a lot less bacteria on your hands, which leads to healthier life styles, and overall means you can get sick way way way less. There are things that end up on your hands throughout the day, so please, all I ask is that you do it for you and WASH YO HANDS! But, if you can’t get motivated by that, think of this. Things that are on your hand will probably end up on others peoples’ hands, which means they will somehow probably ingest it. Would you want to ingest things that are on other peoples’ hands? Yeah, me neither. Go back to those days in kinder garden, early elementary school and please wash your hands.
Moral of the story: Things that get talked about in our office are a little crazy, but turn into something relevant and we thought why not share with you all? Sorry if this might gross some people out, but sadly this is how germ theory works. Also, the fact that I’m a Public Health major, this got me on my soap box a little bit.
Wash your hands and say your prayers, because Jesus and germs are everywhere!
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Links to things I referenced earlier in the article are here:
Hand dryer or paper towel: Which is more sanitary in a public bathroom? We have the DEFINITIVE answer. (Miss it? Watch the full episode on SCI GO: http://bit.ly/2FlJt3V)
Posted by MythBusters on Thursday, February 22, 2018