JournalismPakistan.com Aug 14, 2013
Spencer Reid in Criminal Minds does not shake hands. Human hands carry more germs than any other part of the human anatomy. So much for the courtesy we hold so dear. But is interesting to list some of the dirtiest things that we do touch every day…perhaps that’s why our hands are dirty. Several surveys have been done on this issue and no, toilet seats are not top of the pops.
In fact, the two contenders for ‘pride’ of place are shopping carts and remote controls because they never get cleaned. Think of it, who touched that cart last. A friend of mine carries wet wipes with her and wipes everything she can possibly wipe in public places. Door knobs and handles in buildings you visit are about as bad as the buttons on an elevator. Even in a 5 star hotel they may get cleaned a couple of times a day but uggh, who used Floor 22 last?
Wafers and nuts in bowls at a public bar are disgusting so let us not even go there. After a doctor once told me what you’ll find there deposited by the great unwashed I get my own bowl of fresh wafers but I won’t ever touch the public trough.
Sharing ear phones is a tacky yechhy habit yet we do it. That is faintly disgusting so buy a pair for yourself, they aren’t that expensive. Keyboards rank right up there especially when you use them at airports and cafes and they aren’t yours.
Plastic cards are also never cleaned nor are all buttons so when you next punch for a ticket when parking guess who was before you?
But perhaps the dirtiest of all are cash notes. No wonder it is called dirty money. You have no idea how many hands it has passed through and what those marks and stains are but it’s money so it is forgiven. Come here my lovely thousand buck note.
(The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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