A marine and a sailor are in a restroom taking leaks. The marine finshes
and goes to wash his hands. The sailor finishes and heads for the door...
Marine: Hey, swabbie, didn't your mother teach you to wash your hands after
Sailor: No, she taught me not to piss on my hand.
I guess it depends largely on your upbringing. Were you taught to wash
hands before eating? Say "please" and "thank you"? Not eat stuff off
the ground (or out of a trash can)? etc.
Do you think that, having left the facility without washing, your hands
will MAGICALLY end up cleaner as you stroll around the store/establishment?
We processed medical and industrial "cast offs" (not really "waste"
but, rather, things that *could* have continued value -- most often in
another, "less fortunate" country!). One day, I helped another
guy drag an 18" x 18" x 36" of (used) "suture scissors" into the
building (forklift couldn't fit through the doorway).
Imagine looking into a box full of small, stainless steel scissors
with their little "mouths" agape -- and wondering what sort of
germs each may have individually been contaminated with?! No way
in hell do you want to put your *hand* into said box!
Staph is all around us, all the time. All you need is exposure to
a particularly nasty strain and a "skin scratch" for it to get a
foothold. Gives one renewed respect for the days before antibiotics!
In alt.home.repair, on Sat, 03 Oct 2015 15:30:15 -0700, Don Y
I wouldn't do it either, but don't they run these things through the
sterilizers before they get rid of them.
Indeed. I don't ask for antibiotics when I have a cold, but I gather all
those who do are creating antibiotic-resistant germs that may punish me
as much as the people who encouraged their development.
Still, my mother was a bit shocked when I told her that I didn't cover
public toilet seats with toilet paper before I sat on them. No
diseases yet. I think a lot of women would burst rather than sit on a
public toilet. I don't know how they travel.
You know nothing of how (or why) they have come to you. If someone
hands you a handgun, do you assume the safety is ON and it is
All you know for sure is they are sharp and probably will have no
problem cutting your skin. They are "uncovered" and may have been
"stored" like this for months or years (while exposed to <whatever>).
Why is someone "discarding" these items if they could just as
easily sterilize/autoclave them and reuse them?
The same is true of vaccinations. There is a minimum coverage factor
that protects the *population* (prevents an "outbreak" from
getting established). Yet, folks seem to think it should be their
On Friday, October 2, 2015 at 8:41:52 PM UTC-4, Don Y wrote:
A recent article in a medical journal debunked the claim that hot air dryer
s are a more sanitary way to dry hands. They found that there are usually
residual pathogenic bacteria on or near the washed areas that get blown int
o the air and dispersed widely within the bathroom. They concluded that ho
t air hand dryers are hazardous to health compared with using disposable pa
per towels that don't require the user to touch a surface in order to acces
s the towels.
As far as public bathroom door handles are concerned, I always take a dry,
clean paper towel to the door with me and use it to open the handle. Usual
ly there's a waste basket nearby. If not, I just hold it for the few minut
es it takes to find one. If the bathroom only uses hot air hand dryers, I
use them with regret and then get some clean toilet tissue in my hand to op
en the handle of the bathroom door.
Possibly because the use of corncobs is in the not so distant past. For me,
I prefer other methodology which is why I installed a bidet a couple of
Not a full blown, porcelain fixture (no room and wouldn't want one), not a
seat with one built in (ridiculously pricey) but a separate unit that fits
UNDER the toilet seat. They are in the $20 to $100 range, most $30-$60,
mine was $30, all have plastic cases, mine has brass innards. Check Amazon.
Easy install...take off toilet seat, set bidet gizmo on throne, replace
seat, hook gizmo to tank inlet using the included "T" and you are in
business. They have a valve, flow is adjustable. The flow emanates from a
small tube at the rear center which partially retracts when there is no
flow. Some units have a slide to slightly change the angle of the tube. Some
have a mixing valve which means you also have to hook to hot water too or
buy a unit with a heater which means an electrical outlet. Cold water is
fine for me.
Now as to their effectiveness: I am told I have hemorrhoids but I have never
looked. Since installing the thing I have passed things close to the size
of a pony penis and other that looks like cow plop. And all in between.
The bidet has worked well. Yes, you still have to use toilet paper if only
to dry your butt but mostly to aid in the removal of residual material
before squirting yourself again. Moving your butt to direct the stream most
Do I like it? Resounding YES! I am 82, back has seen better days, all
joints are stiff, overweight too...all make reaching one's nether regions
difficult and this has been a big help. I'm saving a bundle on TP too, will
save more because my (younger and still agile) wife wants one too.
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