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(The Sun)   Think those hand dryers in public restrooms are clean and safe to use? Think again, prepare to have your mind blown with science (possible nsfw content on page)   ( thesun.co.uk) divider line
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2018-02-08 06:31:23 AM  
1 You got to change the filters every so often.
2  I'd believe anything she told me.
 
2018-02-08 07:03:27 AM  
FTFA
Dyson said it was "surprised" by the results, noting that it was "unclear on the methodology employed".

A company spokesperson told ABC Action News: "We're very surprised to see these results, and unclear on the methodology employed.


So what the "writer" was trying to say is they were surprised to see those results and were unclear on the methodology employed.

Of course we've all heard the stories about how gross women's rooms can be.
 
2018-02-08 08:39:29 AM  
You mean you can't eat off the counters in a public restroom?

This is quite shocking.
 
2018-02-08 08:47:55 AM  

oldernell: 1 You got to change the filters every so often.
2  I'd believe anything she told me.


Re: 2 - Indeed

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2018-02-08 08:53:11 AM  
Then we're all gonna die? Because, that looks shocking and it must mean that we are a hairs breadth from total annihilation.
 
2018-02-08 09:01:01 AM  
I'm blown away by science.  Doo doo doo.

I'm blown away... by science!
 
2018-02-08 09:01:20 AM  
"Rooms where the public defecate and urinate are not the cleanest"

Where's my grant?
 
2018-02-08 09:04:55 AM  
Absolutely hate air dryers. They don't work for shiat and stir up public restroom germs.
 
2018-02-08 09:06:35 AM  
And in wintertime in dry climes they help chap the shiat out of your hands.
 
2018-02-08 09:08:13 AM  

ltnor: Absolutely hate air dryers. They don't work for shiat and stir up public restroom germs.


And it is all a moot point anyway, because the dude before you did not wash his hands after taking a dump, and you have to grab the same door handle that he grabbed. At least with paper towels, there is some sort of buffer.
 
2018-02-08 09:09:00 AM  
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2018-02-08 09:09:19 AM  
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2018-02-08 09:09:57 AM  
FTA "It's unclear what sort of scientific background Nichole, from California, has - if any - to make her assessment."

Also - do we know what those colonies are? They could be harmless, or could have settled on the Petri dish naturally, or could be completely unrelated to the bathroom at all. I demand actual science before I allow my jimmies to be rustled.
 
2018-02-08 09:13:36 AM  
Science? Where are the controls? This is bogus by several definitions.
 
2018-02-08 09:14:06 AM  
FTA: It's unclear what scientific experience Nichole has, if any

It's unclear what the point of this article was, if any.
 
2018-02-08 09:14:31 AM  

rebelyell2006: ltnor: Absolutely hate air dryers. They don't work for shiat and stir up public restroom germs.

And it is all a moot point anyway, because the dude before you did not wash his hands after taking a dump, and you have to grab the same door handle that he grabbed. At least with paper towels, there is some sort of buffer.


this too.
 
2018-02-08 09:15:40 AM  
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2018-02-08 09:16:41 AM  
This "scientist" didn't provide a baseline.

For example, what happens to a petri dish in a public restroom without the air dryer turned on?

My guess: The exact same thing.
 
2018-02-08 09:18:52 AM  
This message brought to you by a mommy blogger who was paid by the Paper Towel industry.
 
2018-02-08 09:19:22 AM  
Sounds like she put the dish on the bottom of the hand dryer where all of the contaminated fluid drips.  So no kidding.
 
2018-02-08 09:20:55 AM  
See, people need to understand that everything in a public or private restroom is filthy, nasty and full of bad microscopic (and not so microscopic) things. That's all the science one needs to know.

The second you wash your hands, and then reach for the air blower or paper-towels and then touch the door handle to leave, you should wash your hands again. Then you have to go back to sink, wash your hands, and then reach for the air blower or paper-towels and then touch the door handle to leave, you should wash your hands again. Then you have to go back to sink, wash your hands, and then reach for the air blower or paper-towels and then touch the door handle to leave, you should wash your hands again. Then you have to go back to sink, wash your hands, etc.
 
2018-02-08 09:22:12 AM  
In one corner we have someone with no documented scientific training (maybe it's there, but it isn't cited in the article) that claims to have exposed a petri dish to a bathroom air dryer for 3 minutes, then let it fester for some period of time. Afterward, didn't get it tested to see what actually grew, just went all Twitter-rage with photos.
In another corner we have a huge corporation that likely tested a brand spankin' new dryer in a sterile environment with qualified scientists, and found no spread of germs or disease, and is now using weasel words to discredit the first corner's results.

In the sane corner (i.e. this thread) it's been pointed out that these things require more than trivial maintenance to be sanitary, which they don't get. Hell, I'll add my own anecdote- has anyone ever seen one of these in a hospital? I haven't- If they're so good at stopping the spread of germs, then why?

I'd say our worst fears have been confirmed.
 
2018-02-08 09:23:06 AM  
Hand dryers? That's what your clothes are for.
 
2018-02-08 09:23:12 AM  
Sheldon explained this on TBBT years ago.

I have no reason to distrust what he said, being a big-time brain and all that.

/use the cuff of your sleeve or the bottom part of your shirt to grab the door handles, folks
 
2018-02-08 09:25:45 AM  

mama2tnt: /use the cuff of your sleeve or the bottom part of your shirt to grab the door handles, folks


Uhm No. All it means is that your putting those germs on your clothes that you're walking around in all day.

You really want that on your clothes?
 
2018-02-08 09:28:06 AM  
Paulie Walnuts on personal hygiene
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2018-02-08 09:28:43 AM  
I'd pe in her tri
 
2018-02-08 09:28:53 AM  
Mythbusters tested hand dryers vs paper towels years ago and found that hand dryers are in fact disgusting.
 
2018-02-08 09:31:33 AM  
Whatcha talkin' 'bout. That there certified safe machine has a HEPA.
A HEPA, I say.  Like majikal science for the masses.
Now get yer ass back to work.
 
2018-02-08 09:31:54 AM  

oldernell: 1 You got to change the filters every so often.
2  I'd believe anything she told me.


That's what she said.
 
2018-02-08 09:31:55 AM  
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2018-02-08 09:32:06 AM  

dbialac: Mythbusters tested hand dryers vs paper towels years ago and found that hand dryers are in fact disgusting.


And by blowing water and germs everywhere they make the whole bathroom significantly less clean.
 
2018-02-08 09:33:00 AM  

croesius: "Rooms where the public defecate and urinate are not the cleanest"

Where's my grant?


Still safer than the remote in a hotel room. Or the entire room for that matter.
 
2018-02-08 09:34:05 AM  

steklo: mama2tnt: /use the cuff of your sleeve or the bottom part of your shirt to grab the door handles, folks

Uhm No. All it means is that your putting those germs on your clothes that you're walking around in all day.

You really want that on your clothes?


You want your germs on your clothing. Accept no substitutes.
 
2018-02-08 09:34:05 AM  
It's not my mind that usually gets blown at public restrooms.
 
2018-02-08 09:35:53 AM  
Paper towels are the way to go.

But those goddamn cheapskate skinflint penny-pinching ass-clenching business owners whine "THEY'RE TOOOOO EXPENSIVE" and use those useless hand dryers and disgusting re-usable towel machines so they don't have to pay someone to change the rolls.

They same cheapskates that put springs on the tap handles because THEY LEAVE THE TAPS ON AND WASTE MY PRECIOUS, PRECIOUS MONEY! WAAAHHHH!

Then there's THESE nasty things..

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UGH!!!!  (Wipes hands on pants)
 
2018-02-08 09:36:15 AM  

steklo: See, people need to understand that everything in a public or private restroom is filthy, nasty and full of bad microscopic (and not so microscopic) things. That's all the science one needs to know.

The second you wash your hands, and then reach for the air blower or paper-towels and then touch the door handle to leave, you should wash your hands again. Then you have to go back to sink, wash your hands, and then reach for the air blower or paper-towels and then touch the door handle to leave, you should wash your hands again. Then you have to go back to sink, wash your hands, and then reach for the air blower or paper-towels and then touch the door handle to leave, you should wash your hands again. Then you have to go back to sink, wash your hands, etc.


Psssh


Wash hands, take towel by only touching the paper part, dry hands, use towel to open door. easy peasy
 
2018-02-08 09:36:16 AM  
Pro Tip: you got a pocket? Got a little prostate hypertrophy or waning bladder control?

CARRY YOUR OWN DAMNED PAPER SUPPLIES.
 
2018-02-08 09:36:17 AM  

Mad_Radhu: It's not my mind that usually gets blown at public restrooms.


hahah!
 
2018-02-08 09:38:42 AM  
She got her picture in the news. Mission accomplished
 
2018-02-08 09:38:43 AM  
It is becoming less of a problem. Public restrooms are getting kinda scarce. And a tap beer is $2.50, just to get to the bathroom. Yea, Minnesota, more bars than gas stations.
 
2018-02-08 09:38:54 AM  
So what "grinds my gears" is when people go into a restroom, get into a stall and take out their cell phone.

Ok, lets think about this....

You've touched your phone after touching the door handle to get in to the restroom. You've touched the back of the stall door to lock it, you unzip your pants, (might touch your privates) then you reach for the phone. You do your "thing", put the phone down, wipe, flush, pick up the phone and touch the stall door to get to the sink to wash your hands. You go through all that, get back to where you were, and then touch your phone.

/not a germ-a-phobe, just notice these things...
 
2018-02-08 09:39:16 AM  

Salmon: Mad_Radhu: It's not my mind that usually gets blown at public restrooms.

hahah!


Watch that stance, snowflake.
 
2018-02-08 09:39:21 AM  
It's unclear what scientific experience Nichole has, if any

I'm sorry, why do I care what she thi....

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Ahhh, gotcha.
 
2018-02-08 09:40:40 AM  

steklo: So what "grinds my gears" is when people go into a restroom, get into a stall and take out their cell phone.

Ok, lets think about this....

You've touched your phone after touching the door handle to get in to the restroom. You've touched the back of the stall door to lock it, you unzip your pants, (might touch your privates) then you reach for the phone. You do your "thing", put the phone down, wipe, flush, pick up the phone and touch the stall door to get to the sink to wash your hands. You go through all that, get back to where you were, and then touch your phone.

/not a germ-a-phobe, just notice these things...


Rest easy, we are still overpopulating this rock. Actually science of herd immunity sez you need to encounter random e-coli.
 
2018-02-08 09:40:50 AM  

snocone: steklo: mama2tnt: /use the cuff of your sleeve or the bottom part of your shirt to grab the door handles, folks

Uhm No. All it means is that your putting those germs on your clothes that you're walking around in all day.

You really want that on your clothes?

You want your germs on your clothing. Accept no substitutes.


I don't mind mu germs on my clothes. It's this guy's germs I don't want.

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2018-02-08 09:40:51 AM  

AVDev: FTA "It's unclear what sort of scientific background Nichole, from California, has - if any - to make her assessment."

Also - do we know what those colonies are? They could be harmless, or could have settled on the Petri dish naturally, or could be completely unrelated to the bathroom at all. I demand actual science before I allow my jimmies to be rustled.


I don't see any bacterial colonies on that plate, though there might be some. One looks like an actinomycete and the others are common fungi. She would get more bacteria if she simply breathed on it.

/microbiologist
 
2018-02-08 09:41:23 AM  

AVDev: FTA "It's unclear what sort of scientific background Nichole, from California, has - if any - to make her assessment."

Also - do we know what those colonies are? They could be harmless, or could have settled on the Petri dish naturally, or could be completely unrelated to the bathroom at all. I demand actual science before I allow my jimmies to be rustled.


I demand actual time with Nicole, to assess her assessment.
 
2018-02-08 09:42:36 AM  

snocone: Rest easy, we are still overpopulating this rock. Actually science of herd immunity sez you need to encounter random e-coli.


That's true. Everything in moderation. Except beer. Beer is always the exception.
 
2018-02-08 09:44:41 AM  

Nocrash: AVDev: FTA "It's unclear what sort of scientific background Nichole, from California, has - if any - to make her assessment."

Also - do we know what those colonies are? They could be harmless, or could have settled on the Petri dish naturally, or could be completely unrelated to the bathroom at all. I demand actual science before I allow my jimmies to be rustled.

I don't see any bacterial colonies on that plate, though there might be some. One looks like an actinomycete and the others are common fungi. She would get more bacteria if she simply breathed on it.

/microbiologist


No emotional outrage w/o a spectacular stomach churn. FA forgot to mention the difference in size between spores and bacteria. One is like this big, {_} and the other is this big, {________________}.
Filter that.
Science, baby.
 
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