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(io9)   Headline:"Your pillow is a lot like a toilet seat, microbially speaking." And subby's toilet seat is a lot like a pillow, hangoverly speaking   (io9.com) divider line 56
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2012-10-23 05:45:28 AM  
That's nice.

Now tell me why pillows gradually acquire large yellow stains while pillowcases don't.
 
2012-10-23 06:04:59 AM  

Mikey1969: It's one of the few Mythbusters experiments that I really liked, they showed the toilet seat to truly be the cleanest surface in the whole facility, including the kitchen, I believe. It doesn't surprise me too much, the toilet seat is a dry, cold non-porous surface, while the bowl itself would strike me as a bacteria heaven... The pillow? Doesn't surprise me in the least. We spend all night, sweating, breathing, leaking oils and shedding skin into the damn thing, and how often do people wash the pillowcase? MAYBE once a week, probably once every two for a lot of us. And then you have the fact that most of that shiat can soak right through the pillowcase to the pillow itself, and fester there.


The main difference being, you typically don't get cholera from your pillow.
 
2012-10-23 06:25:51 AM  

dragonchild: Mikey1969: It's one of the few Mythbusters experiments that I really liked, they showed the toilet seat to truly be the cleanest surface in the whole facility, including the kitchen, I believe. It doesn't surprise me too much, the toilet seat is a dry, cold non-porous surface, while the bowl itself would strike me as a bacteria heaven... The pillow? Doesn't surprise me in the least. We spend all night, sweating, breathing, leaking oils and shedding skin into the damn thing, and how often do people wash the pillowcase? MAYBE once a week, probably once every two for a lot of us. And then you have the fact that most of that shiat can soak right through the pillowcase to the pillow itself, and fester there.

The main difference being, you typically don't get cholera from your pillow.


You also don't get it from toilet seat. Fetid water in the bowl or tank, sure, but you pretty much have to put all the college bachelor pad bathrooms to shame and shiat all over the seat to get it on the seat like that, and obviously that's not the kind of conditions this story is referencing. They're placing it in the 'It could happen in anyone's house.' scenario, which means a pretty decently clean toilet.

Like I said, the bowl is a different story, even the bottom of the seat, but germs don't go on search of prey, they are either transmitted or live in a culture that suits them.
 
2012-10-23 07:21:42 AM  

UNC_Samurai: I occasionally stick my pillows in the freezer.


I do this too, but only before pillow fights. I've got a tempurpedic pillow.

I pillow fight to the death.
 
2012-10-23 07:53:54 AM  

Mikey1969: You also don't get it from toilet seat.


Not directly, no. No one but crazies and creepy fetishists will trasmit fecal bacteria seat-to-mouth. But bacteria is persistent. Someone eats something bad and gets bloody diarrhea that spatters everywhere, lazy wipe-up means you can't see it but it's still there, incidental contact does the rest. The reason why you use bleach is because even invisible fecal contamination can make someone deathly ill, while you could play in a dirt pile all day without any problems.
 
2012-10-23 08:33:22 AM  

Gordon Bennett: That's nice.

Now tell me why pillows gradually acquire large yellow stains while pillowcases don't.


You wash your pillowcases. You don't wash your pillows.
 
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