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Sunday, September 25, 2005

Wash Your Hands

You may recall a survey conducted in 1996 indicating that 1/3 of us don't wash our hands after going to the bathroom. Well, they've replicated the survey this year and researchers have discovered that the "dirty hands" crew is down to 1/6; interestingly, 1/4 of the men decline, while only 1/10 of the women.

This is creepy for a couple of reasons:
1) Hidden cameras in bathrooms (I wonder what ELSE they discovered, inadvertently?)
2) All of those dirty hands shaking other hands, touching doors
Eeew!

The Centers for Disease Control actually has recommendations for HOW TO WASH YOUR HANDS. Among them: wash your hands for 20 seconds. 20 seconds is probably longer than you think. 20 seconds is singing the Alphabet
Song through, or singing Row, Row, Row Your Boat twice through without rushing it.

Singing aloud is not required, and if you sing poorly, is actually discouraged. In truth, the CDC takes no position on singing in the bathroom. Of course singing in a public bathroom may bring its own set of interesting responses. Thing is, singing in public bathrooms is fun because the acoustics are so good. At least that's what I've heard.

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