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(Some Guy)   Researchers cite "cootie effect" as reason for people passing on buying items of clothing   (thepittsburghchannel.com) divider line 167
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2006-05-05 06:00:06 AM
In addition, the researchers determined that "disgust" was the underlying reason for the participants' opinions, and that the level of disgust increased as the perception of the extent to which the article had been touched or tried on also increased.

Disgust? I mean I can see that if the other customers had, say, shiat on the clothes. But just from touching them?
 
2006-05-05 06:10:01 AM
Generally, I will not buy underpants that already have "skid marks" on them.

Depending on the price, sometimes I make an exception.
 
2006-05-05 06:12:54 AM
Vin Diesel: But just from touching them?

I don't know what you did in the changing room, dude.
 
2006-05-05 06:31:14 AM
I hope they have also never touched the rails of stairways, elevators or restroom stalls.

Just for peace of mind, you see.
 
2006-05-05 06:39:24 AM
TommyymmoT: Generally, I will not buy underpants that already have "skid marks" on them.

In Japan, some people would pay a fortune for them.
 
2006-05-05 06:40:02 AM
Sweater Girl: I hope they have also never touched the rails of stairways

What's the point of rails on most stairways...there should be a minimum balance quotient to walk around by yourself in this world. C'mon...
 
2006-05-05 06:45:14 AM
bulldg4life: What's the point of rails on most stairways...there should be a minimum balance quotient to walk around by yourself in this world. C'mon...

You just wanna watch old people fall down
 
2006-05-05 06:51:14 AM
Vin Diesel: You just wanna watch old people fall down

Less of the 'old' you.

/needs handrails
 
2006-05-05 06:57:31 AM
Sweater Girl: I hope they have also never touched the rails of stairways, elevators or restroom stalls.


Or the office computer, or water cooler, or the bowl of pastel mints at restaurants, or, God forbid, those community pens at the cash register.

/the pens gross me out
//NEVER eat the mints
 
2006-05-05 07:52:49 AM
Yeah but what do you do about used air? You never know where that air has been. It could've come out of someone's butt just minutes ago for all you know.
 
2006-05-05 09:51:37 AM
People are too bothered by this sorta thing. Sure I wouldn't buy clothes that I thought were handled too much, because I want pristine new stuff. But OTOH, you've gotta put up with some dirt, bacteria, viruses, fluff, sweat and crap or how the hell else are you gonna get an immune system?
 
2006-05-05 09:51:49 AM
Yeah but what do you do about used air? You never know where that air has been. It could've come out of someone's butt just minutes ago for all you know.

hehehe...you win.
 
2006-05-05 09:52:19 AM
Any used boxer shorts you find in second-hand shops are from dead people. Men don't sell their underwear, we wear it until it rips or falls apart.
 
2006-05-05 09:54:27 AM
OMGoZer!1! Someone touches clothes before they are bought?

do the people surveyed realize that there are also a number of hands that touch clothes in the factory- little nicaraguan or malaysian hands nonetheless- before they even make it to the store? the people who put the clothes on the rack or on the shelf? rubber gloves for everyone!!1!

people disgust me.
 
2006-05-05 09:54:52 AM
It'll be great in 50 years when everyone is so protected from every tiny thing that may make them sick or feel icky. Some dude will forget to use the 3 shells and half the east coast population will get wiped out due to a complete lack of an immune system.
 
2006-05-05 09:55:26 AM
I would imagine that certain articles of clothing may have a higher perceived value after being tried on, but this would be called the "cooter effect".
 
2006-05-05 09:56:01 AM
quickdraw
Yeah but what do you do about used air? You never know where that air has been. It could've come out of someone's butt just minutes ago for all you know.

Think about that the next time your're walking somewhere in public with food. That walk from the buffet could collect all sorts of things.
 
2006-05-05 09:56:49 AM
I have my own keyboard. Who knows what my family has been touching while using the computer. Other than the obvious.
(You Don't want to know what I use my old underwear for.)
 
2006-05-05 09:57:39 AM
Av8rLuvr: //NEVER eat the mints

I think those qualify as multiple-immunization pills.
 
2006-05-05 09:58:46 AM
A good rule to live by is... if you have to touch something that may be...ummm...icky...wash your hands directly after.

/If you have to use a restroom, DON'T TOUCH ANYTHING!!! use your foot to flush the toilet and don't bother touching the sink...dollars to donuts, your hands will be claener by not touching the sink... Oh, and use papertowels to opens the doors.

//mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm donuts...
 
2006-05-05 09:58:53 AM
"2006-05-05 06:10:01 AM TommyymmoT [TotalFark]
Generally, I will not buy underpants that already have "skid marks" on them."

You kid, but I actually was shopping for underpants at a local Sears, and several packages had clearly been opened and returned, with one clearly having been "used".
 
2006-05-05 09:59:11 AM
I never eat vegetables, 'cause birds poop on them.
 
2006-05-05 09:59:21 AM
I bet the "cooties" concept is further promoted by clothing manufacturers to discourage people from buying, say, clothing at second-hand stores.

/your $2.99 shirt is 90% cooties
 
2006-05-05 09:59:57 AM
I'd rather have clothes that have been touched than clothes that have been irradiated to decontaminate them. That's really about the only two choices anyone has to work with.
 
2006-05-05 10:00:09 AM
Mr. Clarence Butterworth :
I go thru skivies like mad. About a doz every coupla months. Loose em, people in quarters or gym steal them or the laundry eats em...same with socks. Could see it if they were real expensive silk or something but they're just plain ole cotton. Don't think I've ever worn a pair of skivies out.

On my pay, we get alot of 2ed hand cloths at garage sales. No problems with the cootie effect, one trip thru the washing machine & no cooties. A buck for a pair of broken in jeans is too good a deal to pass up.
 
2006-05-05 10:00:24 AM
I always rub clothes in my buttcrack that I try on but don't buy.

ALWAYS.
 
2006-05-05 10:00:42 AM
Mr. Clarence Butterworth
Any used boxer shorts you find in second-hand shops are from dead people. Men don't sell their underwear, we wear it until it rips or falls apart.


We're supposed to wear underwear? I have been going commando for the last 17 years...

/Man now I have to buy something else at Wal*Mart
 
2006-05-05 10:01:26 AM
HA! I got my cootie shot 4 life biatch!
 
2006-05-05 10:02:05 AM
I got over this at an early age. My parents were rednecks and dressed me accordingly as a kid. My great Aunt had two kids just a couple of years older than me, and back then I barely knew them, but got all their hand-me-downs. They were the coolest clothes I had at the time O.P., Levi's, Bugle Boy, not just strictly already outgrown Wrangler but wearing anyways. Yep, that cootie effect went away real fast.
 
2006-05-05 10:03:32 AM
She said people just don't "outgrow the simple notion of cooties, especially when we are reminded of them."

I haven't thought of "cooties" in ages and I am very happy I haven't thought of "cooties" in ages.

If I'm still thinking of "cooties" by the end of the day I will track little miss Argo down and strangling her with my bare, cootie covered, hands.
 
2006-05-05 10:03:40 AM
Oh, and use papertowels to opens the doors

This is another cooties thing that puzzles me. People think that just because paper towels come out of a dispenser, they are automatically sterile. Remember, these things have been sitting in a restroom for days, absorbing all sorts of nasty vapors and bacteria from the restroom air. And who knows where they were before arriving at the restroom?

Yecch!

/follows Drew's advice
//always wipes hands on pants
 
2006-05-05 10:06:30 AM
FLYNAVY: I go thru skivies like mad. About a doz every coupla months.

I'm the opposite. I just bought some new underwear to replace my old ones from (I think) my freshman year in high school. Oh, I'm 27...

/No, they weren't gross, stained, skid-marked, or anything like that. They just looked worn.
//I feel like I've shared something special with everyone.
 
2006-05-05 10:08:05 AM
destrip
This is another cooties thing that puzzles me. People think that just because paper towels come out of a dispenser, they are automatically sterile.

You see it is not that they are sterile but, they are cleaner than the hands of the last person that walked through the door (touching the handle) that took a dump and didn't wash their hands. I would rather use a smelly towel from a dispenser than touch someone else's fecal matter.
 
2006-05-05 10:10:05 AM
Any used panties may produce the "cooter effect".
 
2006-05-05 10:10:49 AM
the only way we'll all be safe:

www.petwebsite.com
 
2006-05-05 10:11:09 AM
www.worldwar1.com

first terr'rists, then bird flu, now cooties!!! GAHHH!!!!
 
2006-05-05 10:16:23 AM
Don't touch my stuff.
 
2006-05-05 10:17:33 AM
Germophobia is way out of hand. Those plastic and rubber gloves you see people handling food with? What are the chances they're being changed very time a worker handles a different type of food?


/washes hands frequently.
//has different cutting boards for meat, poultry and veggies.
///never killed a dinner guest yet.
 
2006-05-05 10:17:55 AM
FLYNAVY, I've clothed the whole family via 2nd-hand & consignment stores for years now. I love finding name-brand items with the price tag(s) still attached.

For my son's graduation last year, I scored him a tailor-made summer-weight wool suit (could have been made for him, it fit so well), dress shirt & tie for $40; new leather dress shoes (on sale) for a total of $90. Powershopping, indeed.

/my laundry detergent kills cooties!!
//new clothes should be washed before wearing anyway, some of that dye is nasty stuff
 
2006-05-05 10:19:19 AM
Feralbaby

Okay, kids, seriously. This is the last time I'm going to say this. Irradiating things does not make them radioactive. Okay? Say it with me. I could shoot gamma rays at you all day, and while you'd probably keel over from radiation sickness, you yourself? Not so much with the being radioactive.

Alright, done. As you were...
 
2006-05-05 10:19:58 AM
Cuz no one wants to go `commando in another man's fatigues'
/`Friends' had some funny lines
 
2006-05-05 10:20:42 AM
I am very picky about buying clothing after years of working in clothing retail. Seriously, wash every article of clothing you buy in scalding hot water. Some things people do is dressing rooms would horrify you.

/"Code Brown to the Men's Dressing Room, please"
//no joke
 
2006-05-05 10:20:54 AM
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Chewties are made with cooties! Now in Ranch flavor!
 
2006-05-05 10:21:45 AM
Hey, you never know if those dirty _________s, __________s, and especially those filthy _________s put their hands on it.

Hell yeah, I'm _______ist! Deal with it!
 
2006-05-05 10:21:48 AM
I'm so not afraid of cooties that I lick the clothes before I try them on for size.
 
2006-05-05 10:22:36 AM
What about the cootie effect when people return clothing? One summer I worked at a Victoria Secret distribution center and handled returns.

Women would return for refund clothing/underwear which had blood stains, pit stains, skid marks, food stains, dirty/worn clothing that was obviously really old -- VS has lots of basic items that they sell year after year. These women would buy a sweater or a bra, wear it for a year, buy another exactly like it and then return the old, worn out one for refund.

And you had to open all returns, unfold the clothing, hold it up and inspect it to grade it whether it was considered "unworn" or if it was all gross. And you couldn't tell just by glancing, you had to look inside the crotches and under the arms. 90% of the underwear that got returned was crusty and blood-stained.

WOMEN ARE HORRIBLE NASTY GROSS BIATCHES!

Lesson for today: Don't ever ever EVER buy clothing and wear it without washing it first. You don't know what kind of cooties are crawling on them -- whether they were worn and returned or tried on at the store by someone nasty.
 
2006-05-05 10:22:38 AM
I have drawers and drawers full of old skivies that I've outgrown. I agree with the statement "The only used ones you find are off dead people."
/How do you think we got rid of all my grampa's undies?
 
2006-05-05 10:22:56 AM
smoky2010
I always kick the bathroom door open, too many people dont wash there hands.
 
2006-05-05 10:23:09 AM
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot on the Code Brown...

That's not what I think it is...is it?

\\Man... I thought no one would know!!!
 
2006-05-05 10:25:08 AM
2006-05-05 10:10:05 AM spacechicken170am
Any used panties may produce the "cooter effect".

say what?
www.locdog.blogspot.com
 
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