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(Guardian)   How our beds are dirtier than chimpanzee nests. Sleep well everyone   ( theguardian.com) divider line
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2018-05-17 09:49:28 AM  
That's why I always brush the bedsheet off with my hand before getting in. A good smack on the mattress to loosen up the microbes, then swish, swish, swish, three good brisk strokes. All clean. If you're really concerned you can turn over the pillow, too. That helps.
 
2018-05-17 10:09:20 AM  
Microbes and other things on our beds? If only the human race had spent the last 100,000 years developing immunities and resistances to those nasty things. Oh wait, we did.....
 
2018-05-17 10:37:51 AM  
"More than a third of the bacteria found in human beds is from our own bodies, be it skin, oral or fecal."

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2018-05-17 10:52:57 AM  
Meh. I change the sheets every year like clockwork. Kind of a neat freak like that, but whatever.
 
2018-05-17 10:55:00 AM  
You can wash sheets?
 
2018-05-17 10:55:41 AM  
So many deaths a year from mites in our pillows.
If only we'd listen to these frequent articles about terrifying microorganisms and burn everything we touch immediately after using.
 
2018-05-17 10:56:50 AM  
Fecal matter in my sheet, who would have guessed.
 
2018-05-17 10:57:26 AM  
That's why I buy a new bed every week.
 
2018-05-17 10:58:23 AM  
Wash your sheets at least twice a week. Get a high-quality mattress cover and wash that weekly as well, along with pillow protectors
 
2018-05-17 11:01:45 AM  
I will, subby. Thanks!

Wash your sheets occassionally and stop being
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2018-05-17 11:04:41 AM  
And that's why I take a bath twice a year, whether I need to or not.
 
2018-05-17 11:06:04 AM  
I wonder how much it varies from place to place. What is the bacteria count for Americans who use mattresses and comforters that are rarely cleaned and bidets/washlets are rarely ysed? Does it vary between those in the deep South versus the North where it is drier? In Europe where the bedding is similar, but bidets/washlets are used, is the fecal count refuced? What is the count for a Japanese futon that is periodically hung outside in the sun and gets swatted to remove dust?

...yes, I think too much.
 
2018-05-17 11:06:57 AM  

Snaptastic: I wonder how much it varies from place to place. What is the bacteria count for Americans who use mattresses and comforters that are rarely cleaned and bidets/washlets are rarely ysed? Does it vary between those in the deep South versus the North where it is drier? In Europe where the bedding is similar, but bidets/washlets are used, is the fecal count refuced? What is the count for a Japanese futon that is periodically hung outside in the sun and gets swatted to remove dust?

...yes, I think too much.


Apologies, my spelling was atrocious in that post.
 
2018-05-17 11:16:37 AM  

Pocket Ninja: That's why I always brush the bedsheet off with my hand before getting in. A good smack on the mattress to loosen up the microbes, then swish, swish, swish, three good brisk strokes. All clean. If you're really concerned you can turn over the pillow, too. That helps.


Dinki: Microbes and other things on our beds? If only the human race had spent the last 100,000 years developing immunities and resistances to those nasty things. Oh wait, we did.....

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Nathan Arizona Senior knows a few things about microbes and what not...

Also, would you shop at a store called Unpainted Huffheins?
 
2018-05-17 11:19:32 AM  
Take your stinking paws off me you damn dirty ape!
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2018-05-17 11:22:40 AM  
Pffft...  Articles like these always make the squeamish cower in fear.  The only difference between what you know now and what you didn't know before is that now you know.  D'uh.  It's not any more disgusting now than it was 15 minutes or 100,000 years ago.  Well, things are better than 100,000 years ago, but only because humans have built up more immunity since then.

But here's the thing...  We couldn't survive for 5 minutes without microbes doing their jobs.  They are the ones who are doing their best to dispose of all of our waste.  They also process much of our current activity into things that are beneficial and useful to us.

Maybe you don't want to know what they look like, because something so foreign is bound to look horrifying.  But these things don't look like that on purpose.  Their appearance is purely functional, and that's that.  They don't give a crap if they are horrifying to you.

This is a long way of saying that regardless if what you think of these things, they are part of a gigantic symbiotic relationship.  We all are.  And we should be happy for it.  They could survive for a long time without us.  In fact, they did survive for some 3.5 billion years before us.  But as I said, we could not survive without them.
 
2018-05-17 11:23:54 AM  
I'm just waiting for my bed to become sentient and make itself after I get up.
 
2018-05-17 11:24:37 AM  

durbnpoisn: Pffft...  Articles like these always make the squeamish cower in fear.  The only difference between what you know now and what you didn't know before is that now you know.  D'uh.  It's not any more disgusting now than it was 15 minutes or 100,000 years ago.  Well, things are better than 100,000 years ago, but only because humans have built up more immunity since then.

But here's the thing...  We couldn't survive for 5 minutes without microbes doing their jobs.  They are the ones who are doing their best to dispose of all of our waste.  They also process much of our current activity into things that are beneficial and useful to us.

Maybe you don't want to know what they look like, because something so foreign is bound to look horrifying.  But these things don't look like that on purpose.  Their appearance is purely functional, and that's that.  They don't give a crap if they are horrifying to you.

This is a long way of saying that regardless if what you think of these things, they are part of a gigantic symbiotic relationship.  We all are.  And we should be happy for it.  They could survive for a long time without us.  In fact, they did survive for some 3.5 billion years before us.  But as I said, we could not survive without them.


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2018-05-17 11:27:38 AM  
I'll just go sleep out in the yard now...
 
2018-05-17 11:29:32 AM  
"Thoemmes led a team of researchers collecting swabs from 41 such chimp nests in Tanzania..."

And this is why we have skyrocketing tuition, folks. NCState felt it was a good use of funds provided by its tax payers, students and grantors to tell us that our beds have more bacteria than chimp nests in Africa. A finding that is of little interest and utterly useless.
 
2018-05-17 11:29:50 AM  
I test the e coli/fecal matter count in my socks by simply sniffing them every night before crawling in. If it's over the limit, then the socks go in the laundry and I just turn the bottom sheet over til next time.
 
2018-05-17 11:42:06 AM  
I bathe and launder my sheets.  I'd go the extra mile and remove this teeming critter ranch from my pubis but that would be nit-picking.
 
2018-05-17 11:45:44 AM  

brap: I bathe and launder my sheets.  I'd go the extra mile and remove this teeming critter ranch from my pubis but that would be nit-picking.


Don't care. Had sex.
 
2018-05-17 11:46:35 AM  

dewihafta: brap: I bathe and launder my sheets.  I'd go the extra mile and remove this teeming critter ranch from my pubis but that would be nit-picking.

Don't care. Had sex.


Weird. Didn't mean to make that a response.
 
2018-05-17 11:50:40 AM  
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2018-05-17 11:54:31 AM  
My bed is clean but then I enjoy picking the lice and ticks out of my girlfriend's back hair; and she does the same for me.
 
2018-05-17 12:07:04 PM  
Those microbes are the only thing to get me out of bed. Literally - they hate it when I sleep in and slowly push me off. Too often have I been woken up by the feeling of myself hitting the floor.

S'ok, I'm bringing in a 3rd party to help: I'll be dumping out my vacuum cleaner bag onto my bed. It's probably got meaner microbes than the bed ones. That'll show 'em.
 
2018-05-17 12:08:05 PM  

ArthurVandelay: Fecal matter in my sheet, who would have guessed.


Anybody who farts in bed?
 
2018-05-17 12:09:09 PM  

Eli WhiskeyDik: "More than a third of the bacteria found in human beds is from our own bodies, be it skin, oral or fecal."

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If you've had that mattress for 10 years just think of all the farts embedded in it by now
 
2018-05-17 12:10:15 PM  
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2018-05-17 12:11:00 PM  
With the preponderance of butt sex and the possible increase in the occurrence of fecal incontinence as a result, I wonder if butt sex is the underlying cause of an increase in fecal matter in beds where one or more residents partake of the apparent joy of butt sex? This question warrants a government grant for further scientific research.
 
2018-05-17 12:16:42 PM  
 Our boys don't mind, and neither do we.

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2018-05-17 12:17:22 PM  
'cause chimps eat the bedbugs and fleas and ticks ?

I take off my mudpants at bedtime.
 
2018-05-17 12:18:31 PM  
Well, considering that the dust mites on you and in your bed are eating your skin flakes and pooping out the result, a higher proprtion of fecal microbes than it seems many farkers realize.

Nobody said it was all from human feces.
 
2018-05-17 12:22:23 PM  
Well, considering that the dust mites on you and in your bed are eating your skin flakes and pooping out the result, a higher proprtion of fecal microbes than it seems many farkers realize.  Nobody said it was all from human feces.
 
2018-05-17 12:24:20 PM  
Jesus Christ

I hate these types of articles

We evolved with this biota  in on and around us!
Unless they are pathogenic don't worry!

Exploring 'The Wild Life Of Our Bodies'

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2018-05-17 12:24:24 PM  
I really wish the fark mobile app didnt leave dialogs laying around like they were unfinished pists
 
2018-05-17 12:31:36 PM  

LawPD: Eli WhiskeyDik: "More than a third of the bacteria found in human beds is from our own bodies, be it skin, oral or fecal."

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If you've had that mattress for 10 years just think of all the farts embedded in it by now


I'd rather not think about that.
*shudders*
 
2018-05-17 12:43:03 PM  
"Chimpanzees build fresh beds from branches and leaves every day."

Like I can afford to buy a new bed every day.

"Even when they searched for arthropods such as fleas, lice and ticks in 15 of the nests, the scientists came up almost empty-handed."

Well, if I ate those things like monkeys do, my bed would be clean also.

By the way, if anyone has to know, I sleep in a washing machine. The cycle is set for 8 hours every night. I drop in a couple of Tide pods and wake up fresh. It's not so bad except for the spin cycle and bleach.
It also has its downside with my lady friends sleeping over. They're not keen on going for a spin for some reason.
 
2018-05-17 01:01:46 PM  

Billy Liar: ArthurVandelay: Fecal matter in my sheet, who would have guessed.

Anybody who farts in bed?


It was a play on words, you know, a sheety joke.

You mairde your bed, now lay in it.
 
2018-05-17 01:05:49 PM  
If it came off me or outta me in the first place, what do I have to worry about? I'll start worrying when I get home and find a chimp sleeping in my bed.
 
2018-05-17 02:42:14 PM  
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2018-05-17 03:05:45 PM  
Meh.  I Febreze it like once every... well, I Febreze it occasionally.  Should be good to go.
 
2018-05-17 03:06:49 PM  
The only way to have a truly clean bed, is to only allow robots to sleep in it. They have no fecal matter or skin mites.
 
2018-05-17 06:10:42 PM  

pastramithemosterotic: Wash your sheets at least twice a week. Get a high-quality mattress cover and wash that weekly as well, along with pillow protectors


what kind of freak would do that? i just buy new sheets once a year and burn the old ones.
 
2018-05-17 08:11:32 PM  

iamskibibitz: "Thoemmes led a team of researchers collecting swabs from 41 such chimp nests in Tanzania..."

And this is why we have skyrocketing tuition, folks. NCState felt it was a good use of funds provided by its tax payers, students and grantors to tell us that our beds have more bacteria than chimp nests in Africa. A finding that is of little interest and utterly useless.



Morons jump to conclusions that fit their bias? Film at 11.

The work was done with support from the National Science Foundation under grant number 0953390.
 
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