This Video Debunks 10 Popular Misconceptions About Germs And Hygiene

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]


        • The 5 second rule isn’t a superstition its an excuse to eat food that has fallen on the floor (which i used all the time as a kid and sometimes use still if its really nice food, though it got shortened to 3 seconds at one point.

          • The superstition was that somehow how the period of time of exposure was more of a factor of dirtiness than the place on which it landed or the stickiness of the food.

          • Superstition involves supernatural causality. If people believed eating something from the floor after 5 seconds would curse you with a day of bad luck that would be superstitious.

            The 5 second rule is just applying an arbitrary amount of time you think food would be free of contamination.

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