The thought of germs can be a terrifying thing, but it's important to know the truth about the germ-covered world around you. This video clears up some oft-circulated myths about things like germs, soap and toilet seats.
Host Elliott Morgan, from the Mental Floss YouTube channel, is here to clear up all the rumours you've heard. We all know the five second rule, but -- depending on the surface and location -- you'll learn that germs get on your food almost instantly. You'll also learn that urine won't disinfect any cuts or stings (it's not even completely sterile), toilet seats aren't nearly as dirty as you might think (unlike your possibly filthy desk), and that most soaps don't actually kill bacteria (they just remove them from your hands). That last one is pretty important, though, and everyone should was their hands and wash them properly.
Misconceptions about Germs and Hygiene [YouTube]