Women's handbags are dirtier than toilets

Discussion in 'Biology & Genetics' started by arauca, Oct 26, 2013.

  1. arauca Banned Banned

    Messages:
    4,564
    In Brazil, Maulori Cabral, Professor at the Institute of Microbiology, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), confirmed that women's handbags have more microbes than those that exist in most toilets, as is pointed out by the UK market research company Initial Washroom Hygiene which specializes in cleaning public toilets.

    "There are more microbes on the surface of women's handbags than there are on the surface of the toilets. Women put the bag all over the place. They take the bag with them all the time and are passing germs from hand to bag. And no bleach goes in the bag," he says.

    The study carried out by the British company reveals that hand cream, lipstick and make-up kits are the dirtiest items that women carry in their handbags. Maulori Cabral agrees with the research. "That's what she (the woman) touches more often, but from the outside". He explained that the lipsticks, themselves, already have antimicrobial agents. The same is true regarding hand cream. Vials containing cream are all the time being held by female hands.

    http://english.pravda.ru/society/stories/24-10-2013/125992-handbags_toilets-0/
     
  2. Google AdSense Guest Advertisement



    to hide all adverts.
  3. Balerion Banned Banned

    Messages:
    8,596
    So handbags should be banned?

    I'm trying to figure out what kind of misogynistic spin you're trying to put on this.
     
  4. Google AdSense Guest Advertisement



    to hide all adverts.
  5. Randwolf Ignorance killed the cat Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    4,121
    C'mon Balerion, don't be dense. Its obvious...

    Women ... are dirtier than toilets
     
  6. Google AdSense Guest Advertisement



    to hide all adverts.
  7. Balerion Banned Banned

    Messages:
    8,596
    You're right. I should have seen it.
     
  8. Seattle Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    2,200
    Why is this guy allowed to post this stuff over and over in the science forums?
     
  9. arauca Banned Banned

    Messages:
    4,564
    Please stop screwing your head , I just come across this article and I thought it was funny.
    I would not be surprised if you guys will not end up in a misogynistic discussion.
     
  10. arauca Banned Banned

    Messages:
    4,564
    What is wrong with the article ? it is about daily biologic life.
    What do you post ?
     
  11. Pete It's not rocket surgery Moderator

    Messages:
    10,166
    I think the real point is that toilets that get bleached every day are cleaner than most of our stuff. Not because our stuff is dirty, but because a daily bleached toilet is freakishly clean.
    Try swabbing your phone, wallet, keyboard, keys, and you will find many many bacteria. This doesn't mean your stuff is dirty - it means that bacteria are normal.
    Your stuff is covered in bacteria, and this is not a bad thing. Your skin is covered in bacteria, and this is not a bad thing. Your mouth is covered withbacteria, and this is not a bad thing. Breast milk is swarming with bacteria, and this is not a bad thing.

    We are shepherded by cleaning product companies into thinking that if we're not killing 99% of bacteria, we're not really cleaning anything. This thinking is dangerous, as it means we spend our time killing the bacteria that don't harm us, and leave behind the 1% that are hardest to kill, which can potentially grow without competition from the other 99%.
     
  12. Lakon Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    1,117
    Aruaca, I've seen similar articles where dogs mouths are cleaner than peoples mouths - bacteria wise. Go figure, huh !
     
  13. Lakon Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    1,117
    Ditto that !
     
  14. arauca Banned Banned

    Messages:
    4,564
    Pete since this is you cup of tea , ( bacteria ) Hoe harmful is the wold growth ( I assume bacteria ) the growth on cheese or bread . My dog eats it and the animal is healthy, from time to time I scrape the visual growth off , but I assume there is more growth which is not visible to the naked eye , yet I feel ok no healt problem just like the dog.
     
  15. Pete It's not rocket surgery Moderator

    Messages:
    10,166
    That's would be fungus. I don't know too much about fungii, but if it doesn't poison you outright, then I think it's not going to hurt you.
    Bacterial colonies are usually slimy, and often smelly.

    We do need to be a bit more careful with bacteria in things we eat, because there can be much more bacteria hiding in a chunk of meat or cheese than can live on a surface like your hands or handbag. Also, some types of bacteria (eg clostridium) growing in food can make toxin, so that even if you kill the bacteria, the food is still poison.

    And we need to be even more careful about things that penetrate through our skin or mucosa (lining of your mouth and gut).
     
  16. Captain Kremmen All aboard, me Hearties! Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    12,738
    Solution is obvious.
    Women should have to shout a warning when they are approaching.
    "Handbag!" Handbag!"

    Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!


    Could I have a handbag too please?
     
  17. precious Registered Member

    Messages:
    55
    Anything you say or do may be used against you in a court of law.
     
  18. kwhilborn Banned Banned

    Messages:
    2,088
    The title of this thread should be in top 10 list of things you do not tell your wife/gf if you expect to get lucky.
     
  19. Yazata Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    4,612
    When it comes to bacteria, the really scary thing is kitchen sponges. (The things that you wipe all your eating utensils with.) Given the number of microorganisms growing on those babies, it's a miracle that any of us are still alive.

    Kitchen sponges need to be collected by hazmat teams in biohazard suits, then stored in level 5 containment facilities.
     
  20. arauca Banned Banned

    Messages:
    4,564
    You migh be right but apparantely that is friendly bacteria , I am alive for the last 16 years , and use sponge and soap to wash the dishes.
     
  21. Yazata Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    4,612
    We all know that it's dangerous to be exposed to pathenogenic bacteria. But it might not be all that healthy to be too clean either. It might actually be healthy for us to ingest the more friendly kinds of bacteria.

    I read a story a couple of weeks ago about doctors (in Japan, I think) prescribing that patients swallow capsules containing fecal bacteria.

    People normally have a huge bacterial flora living in their intestines. I seem to remember reading that there are more bacterial cells in our guts than there are cells in the rest of our bodies. (Bacteria are much smaller than our eucaryotic cells.) So from the procaryotes' point of view, we are just bacteria habitat units.

    It seems that there are diseases that are treated by such a stiff dose of antibiotics that the normal intestinal flora is destroyed. One might think that would be a good thing, but it isn't. Our intestinal flora seems to be more symbiotic than parasitic, having a number of beneficial effects that are as yet poorly understood, helping digestion and stuff. It also prevents more dangerous microorganisms from setting up shop inside us. When the flora is disrupted, digestion suffers and intestinal disease rates dramatically rise.

    So the doctors hit on the idea of reestablishing a healthy intestinal flora by having people swallow capsules full of the natural fecal bacteria that live inside people's guts. The capsules are designed to make it through the stomach and its stomach acids before they dissolve and re-seed the intestine. Seems to work.
     
  22. exchemist Valued Senior Member

    Messages:
    6,284
    Yes I read this too. I believe the technique is specially useful to treat chronic infections with clostridium difficile, which is hard to eradicate with antibiotics but which is easily out-competed by normal gut flora in healthy people. I also read that an extract of the faeces of the partner of the patient is preferred, since the diet and the population of normal micro-organisms is usually similar and will be recognised as non-threatening by the patient's system. Sounds horrible but this is one case where the normal taboo against eating excrement is unhelpful.
     
  23. arauca Banned Banned

    Messages:
    4,564
    It started with the idea of giving an enema of a partner
     

Share This Page