Friday, September 7, 2012

You Aren't Sitting On Your Cellphone Are You?

If you don’t have anything to worry about this weekend ponder this: Researchers at the University of Arizona and in Great Britain have found that cellphones often have more germs than toilet seats.

One of the major culprits seems to be handing your phone to someone else and letting them listen and talk which adds their germs to yours. It doesn’t help that so many people eat and talk on the phone which sprays food and germs onto the phone’s surface.

A big breeder is also the fact that few people clean their phones so germs actually date and mate on your phone (that’s kind of a gross visual) and run around and talk to each other and talk on their own little cell phones and tell their friends to come over so they can…well…you get it.

Interestingly, British scientists also discovered that cash machines have similar levels of pseudomonads and bacillus, bacterias which are known to cause sickness and diarrhea, as they found in public toilets. Computer keyboards are also five times dirtier than the average lavatory seat.

And I was thinking pseudomonads were people from Pseudomonadstan and bacillus was standing next to Brutus during the Ides of March Madness.

Here’s the deal: Use a soft cloth lightly dampened with rubbing alcohol to wipe down your phone. Be careful around the charger opening, you don’t want to get liquid inside. Do this a couple of times a week.

So, the next time Bob and Neal (the folks at the office who try to hand you their phone everytime someone tells them a joke) offers you their phone you can say, “Heave off, cretins!! I’ll have none of your pseudomonads and keep your bacillus to yourself!”

Or, something to that effect.

Have a great weekend. See you Monday.


  1. The germ center of the universe is the remote in a hotel room!

  2. Oddly, using all of these things in all of these places is a daily million time a day occurrence...and the news is not filled with updates on the death count. Mild encounters with bacteria and viruses build our immune systems just as vaccinations do. I heard a pediatrician friend recently lamenting that as a society we are killing our children with the overuse and abuse of antibacterial products building super germs. And antibacterials do NOTHING to prevent colds and flu which are viral diseases. Another, American is so weak-minded that that it falls prey to every hoax put forth...and the antibacterial craze is a multi-billion dollar one!