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2013-07-15 07:37:39 PM
6 votes:
Hate to tell you this subby, but there is literally poop everywhere, and its actually ok to be exposed to little bits of it - that's what your immune system is for.
  Now obviously, if there is visible poop on the cart, then you shouldn't use it.  And produce should always be washed, mostly due to salmonella  (especially melons - wash thoroughly before slicing)

  As for the other stuff, most of that is already known and not that gross.  You can actually eat most many spoiled foods with minimal health effects, it will just make you retch if it smells or tastes gross.  Peanut butter for example can go rancid, but that's about the worst that happens to it.  For many, many foods, the date on the package is a sell by date, not a use by date, which could be months or years later in some cases.
2013-07-15 06:57:09 PM
4 votes:
Always wash your produce before putting it in your mouth. No exceptions.

/uses grocery carts from the store downstairs when going on dumpster runs
//no, they don't get wiped down afterwards

///wash your produce before you eat it, seriously
2013-07-15 06:40:46 PM
4 votes:
Good to see CRACKED back to 2 pages for a 5 item story.
2013-07-16 12:25:55 AM
3 votes:

thisisyourbrainonFark: Yes, because how did humans ever manage before?


By dying at much younger ages due to a lack of medicine and sanitation?
2013-07-16 12:13:59 AM
3 votes:

Godscrack: [www.tommackieracing.com image 337x450]

I'm just glad most supermarkets have these at the door.


You wouldn't get sick all the time if you didn't constantly use those damn wipes.  You don't build immunity by living in a sterile bubble.
2013-07-15 11:47:19 PM
3 votes:
Three horrifying secrets Cracked doesn't want you to know:

3. Bill Ward, who contributed artwork to the magazine in the 1980s, was better known for his fetish porn illustrations.

2. The author of this listicle doesn't tell you how commonplace each of these practices actually is, because he doesn't know.

1. Cracked.com is just BuzzFeed with different ads.
2013-07-15 11:44:12 PM
3 votes:
#6 - That nice red color on the meat comes from treating it with carbon monoxide. It's not a sign of freshness.
2013-07-16 02:19:33 AM
2 votes:
breadprincess
Thank you so much for your truly noble service, I'll remember the idiots like you who do stuff like this the next time I get an antibiotic-resistant infection courtesy of the autoimmune disease I get to deal with.

Oh, well then that wouldn't be his fault. He's purposely breeding the antibiotic-unresistant germs to help out people like you.

No, your problem's the people who find the need to buy Purell in bulk.
2013-07-16 01:01:47 AM
2 votes:
img29.imageshack.us
2013-07-15 11:47:30 PM
2 votes:
Headline: "5 Horrifying Secrets Supermarkets Don't Want You to Know"

They were neither horriying, nor secrets.  So, yeah -- it's a standard Cracked article.

Why do people still greenlight junk from that stie?
2013-07-15 11:44:32 PM
2 votes:

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Rising_Zan_Samurai_Gunman: Hate to tell you this subby, but there is literally poop everywhere, and its actually ok to be exposed to little bits of it - that's what your immune system is for.
  Now obviously, if there is visible poop on the cart, then you shouldn't use it.  And produce should always be washed, mostly due to salmonella  (especially melons - wash thoroughly before slicing)

  As for the other stuff, most of that is already known and not that gross.  You can actually eat most many spoiled foods with minimal health effects, it will just make you retch if it smells or tastes gross.  Peanut butter for example can go rancid, but that's about the worst that happens to it.  For many, many foods, the date on the package is a sell by date, not a use by date, which could be months or years later in some cases.

My rule is if it has to be stored in the fridge, it's gone within 24 hours of the use by date. Stored at room temperature, it's fine. I buy meat in the red sticker (huge markdown for close to expiring at my supermarket) area and freeze it. Thaw it out 24 hours beforehand and you've got cheap meat for a meal.


You're potentially wasting a lot of food. 24hours? Be brave, the smell test works, really.

Even after that, there's cutting mold away and boiling. I'm not saying I do that, but as Americans, we throw away tons of perfectly serviceable foods.
2013-07-15 09:27:32 PM
2 votes:
I'm surprised that people are unaware of #5.

First thing I do when I come home from the market?  Wash my hands.
2013-07-16 04:49:40 AM
1 votes:

JesseL: cardex: hlehmann: Godscrack: [www.tommackieracing.com image 337x450]

I'm just glad most supermarkets have these at the door.

You wouldn't get sick all the time if you didn't constantly use those damn wipes.  You don't build immunity by living in a sterile bubble.

But without the wipes and hand sanatiser how are we going to make the next batch of drug resistant impossable to kill flesh earthing bacteria ?

Overuse use of disinfectants may be bad for our immune systems, but I don't think they really have any relation to antibiotic resistant bacteria.

It would be like you trying to build an immunity to being dipped in lava.


No, it has a pretty big effect.  The stuff that can kill absolutely all the bacteria on a surface is not stuff you can put on your skin without major chemical burns, so unless the stuff you're using is strong enough to literally strip the skin off your hands, it's not killing everything.  Hydrogen peroxide, for instance, at a concentration high enough to kill every last bacteria on a surface also sets fire to any organic material it touches.  Other antibacterials have to rely on various other biological pathways, like binding to certain molecules and blocking them from use, or massively changing the osmotic pressure, or what have you.

Consider this:  These aren't sexual reproducers, so it only takes one to build an entire army, so it only takes one which develops any sort of resistance to whatever you're using, even a mild resistance that just knocks 0.5% off the death rate, to leave behind a large amount which can then grow which are more likely to have little variabilities that make some of them more resistant.  And, Since they reproduce faster than rabbits, the odds of just having just 1 with resistance is miniscule, because once one develops it, then it's gonna be producing a bunch more in short order.

As an example, in prime temperature with plenty of food and no competition and plenty of space to grow, it would take a single E. Coli bacteria about 19 hours to replicate itself into a total mass about equal to the average human.  (The math on that:  A single E. Coli weighs about 665 femtograms.  1 * 10^17 * 665fg ~= 70kg.  Doubles itself every 20 minutes giving an exponential growth coefficient of 0.03465 from the equation 2 = 1e^(x*20).  End population of 1 * 10^17 starting with a single bacterium gives the equation 1 * 10^17 = 1e^(0.03465*t).  Natural log of 1 * 10^17 is ~39.143, giving the equation 39.143 = 0.03465*t, 39.143 / 0.03465 = t ~= 1129 minutes ~= 18.8 hours.  Though of course, earlier generations will stop exponentially growing at some point in time, might add a few hours onto it)

Not only that, but you just killed off vast swaths of your natural fauna that would normally be keeping the more dangerous stuff in check, and most of the harmful bacteria that don't have a resistance that would normally be competing with the ones that do.
2013-07-16 01:57:55 AM
1 votes:
ChuDogg: SquiggsIN: cptjeff: ArcadianRefugee: thisisyourbrainonFark: Yes, because how did humans ever manage before?

By dying at much younger ages due to a lack of medicine and sanitation?

Generally, the life expectancy numbers you're thinking of were lower because people died in childhood a lot more. Because kids and the elderly have weaker immune systems than adults. If you made it past 12, you had a pretty good chance at a nice long life. But a lot of people died at 3 or whatever, so the average gets dragged down to 45 or whatever.

Seriously, you have a farking immune system for a reason. Unless it's compromised in some way, the whole bubble boy thing will make you less healthy, not more.

I wish we could convince the overly panicky mothers who have been brainwashed into thinking they need every product from Clorox on standby 24/7 just in case their kid touches a germ. There are a few very large megacorps that are responsible for the vast majority of over-sterilization products on the market today.

This is why I actually desanitize my hands, I try to touch has much bacteria and virus infected material as possible. Then I make sure to strongly shake hands with everyone I meet. When eating I make sure to touch common food and refrain from using tongs. I split food with everyone I can. I feel it is just my service to society. Undoing all the over sanitizing people do that compromises their immune system.

/not even joking
//never gets sick


Thank you so much for your truly noble service, I'll remember the idiots like you who do stuff like this the next time I get an antibiotic-resistant infection courtesy of the autoimmune disease I get to deal with.

/fark you
//seriously
2013-07-16 01:55:34 AM
1 votes:

Equilibrist: Good to see CRACKED back to 2 pages for a 5 item story.


Good to see people still so farkin lazy they feel the need to post and complain about clicking their mouse.

Once.
2013-07-16 01:12:16 AM
1 votes:

JesseL: cardex: hlehmann: Godscrack: [www.tommackieracing.com image 337x450]

I'm just glad most supermarkets have these at the door.

You wouldn't get sick all the time if you didn't constantly use those damn wipes.  You don't build immunity by living in a sterile bubble.

But without the wipes and hand sanatiser how are we going to make the next batch of drug resistant impossable to kill flesh earthing bacteria ?

Overuse use of disinfectants may be bad for our immune systems, but I don't think they really have any relation to antibiotic resistant bacteria.

It would be like you trying to build an immunity to being dipped in lava.


Read the bottles over the past few years they have been haveing to increase the active ingredients to make them affective. Purell had 62% alcohol the new purell advanced is at 68% to keep the same 99.9% kill rate.
Wet wipes(target store brand)have gone form .13 benzalkonium chloride to .3% between when I got my nipples priced and got a package to wipe the ring with last year and when I had I gauged out this month and had to buy a new container of them.
2013-07-16 01:09:13 AM
1 votes:

taxandspend: angry_redhead: Dreamless: I used to work at a grocery store, so I'm really getting a kick out of some of these replies...

Uh, still reading the article.

I still work at a grocery store and while I'm also getting a kick, I'm kinda shaking my head too...

My favorite thing about working in a grocery store was that everyone presented themselves as professionals that are supposed to be able to know everything about the store, an image that is shattered as soon as a customer asks you how to eat a kumquat or starfruit. Because as a minimum wage courtesy clerk, I'm always filling up on the kumquats and starfruits.


Too true. I'm a cashier and I see some weird behaviours. We sell so many different things, kind of like a WM supercenter, but more food focused, not the other way around. People get really anal retentive about their clothes not touching the belt... So, they tried on something that some other person probably put on with sweaty armpits, but you don't want it touching the belt? Are you not going to wash it before you wear it? Just like when people biatch about me being careful about touching the produce. Not as in, 'be careful not to bruise the fruit' but more like, 'I don't want your hand touching it any more than it has to'. Cuz no one else has touched it in the produce section right?
2013-07-16 01:06:46 AM
1 votes:

Stoker: This is what Safeway does around here.
[imageshack.us image 603x505]

I once had them ground up a roast into hamburger meat, and it came back a quarter pound lighter and a shiatload of fat mixed in.

[img827.imageshack.us image 500x347]


OMG.  That's about like the local Food City where I live.  They also put old hamburger meat inside fresh ground beef.  Will never buy meats from them again.
2013-07-16 12:49:57 AM
1 votes:
Is there a sale on tin-foil hats or something. Jeebus
2013-07-16 12:45:25 AM
1 votes:

LiberalConservative: lewismarktwo: meanmutton: PillsHere: When I first moved out on my own and went to the grocery store I bought some pepperoni (it was pre-sliced for pizza and packaged in that tight plastic then put into a cardboard box and refrigerated).  Anyway, after I got home and opened it looked and felt weird.  I looked at the date and saw it had expired months ago :/.  I'm not sure why it didn't dawn on me to check the date beforehand.  That was the first time I started to realize grocery stores might not be on the up and up.

Also, I'm glad I wipe down my cart every time.  I always feel like people look at me funny when I do, but whatever.

Also, when people say wash your produce, I've never known what that meant exactly for different people.  I generally rinse and then wipe them dry with a paper towel.  Do people use soap or something?  I've always worried that I'm doing it wrong.

NEVER use soap.  You want to wash it under water with some sort of abrasion.  A vegetable brush is handy to have around (just wash it after you use it every time, keep it in a drawer and don't use it for cleaning your pans).

Why not use soap?  Unless your fruit is organic it's covered with waxy/oily pesticides and a bit of dish detergent is one of the only safe ways to remove it.

Wash a non organic apple with a drop of soap and marvel at the new non waxy texture the peel has.  And grapes? Have fun individually washing those with a brush.

I got the grape thing covered; Mrs LC peels them all for me and puts them in a container for me to take to work.


Soaking fruits and veggies in the sink in cold water with about a 1/4 cup of white vinegar has worked for me so far. Then a quick rinse and no vinegar taste left over.
2013-07-16 12:39:56 AM
1 votes:

ModernLuddite: PROTIP:  Live in another country for a while. Buy groceries. Become horrified at what passes for food in the US versus the rest of the world.


Mexico? China? Sudan?

I think you'll find that most people in "the rest of the world" will gladly eat the stuff you're turning your nose up at.
2013-07-16 12:38:09 AM
1 votes:
Meh.  I know all my meat is exactly what it's supposed to be.  100% dead deer.
2013-07-16 12:29:00 AM
1 votes:

thisisyourbrainonFark: LiberalConservative: I got the grape thing covered; Mrs LC peels them all for me

o O

Are you joking?


Not at all. She also peels my grapefruit, even removing the bitter segment walls. I have never asked her to do this. Think is a Chinese thing.
2013-07-16 12:20:59 AM
1 votes:
i.imgur.com
2013-07-16 12:18:21 AM
1 votes:

meanmutton: PillsHere: When I first moved out on my own and went to the grocery store I bought some pepperoni (it was pre-sliced for pizza and packaged in that tight plastic then put into a cardboard box and refrigerated).  Anyway, after I got home and opened it looked and felt weird.  I looked at the date and saw it had expired months ago :/.  I'm not sure why it didn't dawn on me to check the date beforehand.  That was the first time I started to realize grocery stores might not be on the up and up.

Also, I'm glad I wipe down my cart every time.  I always feel like people look at me funny when I do, but whatever.

Also, when people say wash your produce, I've never known what that meant exactly for different people.  I generally rinse and then wipe them dry with a paper towel.  Do people use soap or something?  I've always worried that I'm doing it wrong.

NEVER use soap.  You want to wash it under water with some sort of abrasion.  A vegetable brush is handy to have around (just wash it after you use it every time, keep it in a drawer and don't use it for cleaning your pans).


Why not use soap?  Unless your fruit is organic it's covered with waxy/oily pesticides and a bit of dish detergent is one of the only safe ways to remove it.

Wash a non organic apple with a drop of soap and marvel at the new non waxy texture the peel has.  And grapes? Have fun individually washing those with a brush.
2013-07-16 12:16:52 AM
1 votes:
Didn't the Mythbusters do a show on storing your toothbrush near the toilet vs. elsewhere and inadvertently discovered that pretty much everything in the world which is anywhere near humans is covered in human poop?
2013-07-16 12:13:46 AM
1 votes:
but she poops in there!
seriouslyforreal.com
2013-07-16 12:11:55 AM
1 votes:

JesseL: All that and yet I'm still alive, so I give all 5 "secrets" a solid meh.


The drive to the supermarket is far more dangerous than anything at the supermarket.
2013-07-16 12:11:34 AM
1 votes:

eraser8: I'm surprised that people are unaware of #5.

First thing I do when I come home from the market?  Wash my hands.


Do you also wipe down your car handle, seat belt and steering wheel?

Godscrack: [www.tommackieracing.com image 337x450]

I'm just glad most supermarkets have these at the door.


Yes, because how did humans ever manage before? Germs are everywhere. And you have microscopic mites on your eyelashes.

/oh god, get em off, get em off!!!!
2013-07-16 12:04:00 AM
1 votes:
When I first moved out on my own and went to the grocery store I bought some pepperoni (it was pre-sliced for pizza and packaged in that tight plastic then put into a cardboard box and refrigerated).  Anyway, after I got home and opened it looked and felt weird.  I looked at the date and saw it had expired months ago :/.  I'm not sure why it didn't dawn on me to check the date beforehand.  That was the first time I started to realize grocery stores might not be on the up and up.

Also, I'm glad I wipe down my cart every time.  I always feel like people look at me funny when I do, but whatever.

Also, when people say wash your produce, I've never known what that meant exactly for different people.  I generally rinse and then wipe them dry with a paper towel.  Do people use soap or something?  I've always worried that I'm doing it wrong.
2013-07-15 11:55:25 PM
1 votes:
E. coli.

The presence of E. coli is not a positive indicator of the presence of poop, you can also find it in dirt, which means that your shopping cart might have dirt on it.

"Coliforms can be found in the aquatic environment, in soil and on vegetation; they are universally present in large numbers in the feces of warm-blooded animals. While coliforms themselves are not normally causes of serious illness, they are easy to culture and their presence is used to indicate that other pathogenic organisms of fecal origin may be present. "

// or, it might be poop lordargent.com
2013-07-15 11:53:25 PM
1 votes:

poot_rootbeer: Three horrifying secrets Cracked doesn't want you to know:

3. Bill Ward, who contributed artwork to the magazine in the 1980s, was better known for his fetish porn illustrations.

2. The author of this listicle doesn't tell you how commonplace each of these practices actually is, because he doesn't know.

1. Cracked.com is just BuzzFeed with different ads.


Dude...you forgot a page break in there somewhere.
2013-07-15 11:53:15 PM
1 votes:

PainInTheASP: timujin: The My Little Pony Killer: Always wash your produce before putting it in your mouth. No exceptions.

/uses grocery carts from the store downstairs when going on dumpster runs
//no, they don't get wiped down afterwards

///wash your produce before you eat it, seriously

Dumpster runs?  You use a grocery cart to take your trash to the dumpster?

Yep.  I've worked at three different supermarkets when I was going to school and EVERY ONE of them did this same thing.

Hell one supermarket used to dump their deli slop and grease this way.  And Buffy never bothered to wipe the card down afterwards.  At the end of the night you could always tell which cart in the cart corral was hers.


I must've worked at the exception. I was at a supermarket deli on Long Island, and, sure, we used a shopping cart to haul around our slop... but it was the same filthy, grungy, festering slop-covered shopping cart every day, dammit. And holy carp, was that thing scary to behold. But we never put it back into the general population.

Also, #3 on that list can vary in terribleness. At my store, we frequently cooked with the meat and cheese ends/leftovers/stuff that didn't sell, and our manager was awesome but was a hardass about keeping the deli clean.

I'm willing to accept we were the outlier, and things could've gone to shiat since I left and/or before I was ever there.
2013-07-15 11:53:12 PM
1 votes:
www.tommackieracing.com

I'm just glad most supermarkets have these at the door.
2013-07-15 11:48:54 PM
1 votes:
I used to work at a grocery store, so I'm really getting a kick out of some of these replies...

Uh, still reading the article.
2013-07-15 11:45:23 PM
1 votes:
I eat unwashed produce, old food, food that's been left out overnight, use the same cutting board for produce and meat, etc...
2013-07-15 11:43:49 PM
1 votes:

teenage mutant ninja rapist: For god sakes never use the coffee grinder. Trust me on that one. Also if you enjoy fast food then never ever get pickles on anything.


Also things that have failed to kill me. Meh.
2013-07-15 11:40:49 PM
1 votes:
All that and yet I'm still alive, so I give all 5 "secrets" a solid meh.
2013-07-15 09:59:16 PM
1 votes:

Equilibrist: Good to see CRACKED back to 2 pages for a 5 item story.


Will you f*cking get over it? It's ONE EXTRA CLICK.
2013-07-15 09:08:40 PM
1 votes:

Godscrack: [www.ci.temple-city.ca.us image 500x500]

Blaming janitors for poop on carts? No. Try babies.


Yes...that was explained in the article.
2013-07-15 08:50:08 PM
1 votes:
www.ci.temple-city.ca.us

Blaming janitors for poop on carts? No. Try babies.

That's what the fold down seat with the two legs holes up front is there for. That way 20 or 50 different babies can leave 'their mark' all over that seat and handle area. Ever seen store employees wiping them down?
2013-07-15 08:32:28 PM
1 votes:

Rising_Zan_Samurai_Gunman: Hate to tell you this subby, but there is literally poop everywhere, and its actually ok to be exposed to little bits of it - that's what your immune system is for.
  Now obviously, if there is visible poop on the cart, then you shouldn't use it.  And produce should always be washed, mostly due to salmonella  (especially melons - wash thoroughly before slicing)

  As for the other stuff, most of that is already known and not that gross.  You can actually eat most many spoiled foods with minimal health effects, it will just make you retch if it smells or tastes gross.  Peanut butter for example can go rancid, but that's about the worst that happens to it.  For many, many foods, the date on the package is a sell by date, not a use by date, which could be months or years later in some cases.


My rule is if it has to be stored in the fridge, it's gone within 24 hours of the use by date. Stored at room temperature, it's fine. I buy meat in the red sticker (huge markdown for close to expiring at my supermarket) area and freeze it. Thaw it out 24 hours beforehand and you've got cheap meat for a meal.
 
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