Time for another look at baby products and the sucker parents who buy them.
Do you remember the first time you walked into Babies R Us and picked up one of those “here are all the things you need to buy before your baby is born” lists? I dont’ know about you by my eyes about popped out of my head. After looking the list over more carefully and consulting with a few friends who already had kids, we realized that half the list is filled with bullshit products that only a new parent could buy. Bottle warmer? Wet wipe warmer? 900mhz audio AND video monitor? Sunggle nest sleep positioner? None of these things is in any way shape or form “necessary.” But by far one of my favorites, for the newly potty-trained, is the Neat Solutions Potty Topper. This, of course, is designed to protect your children from coming into contact with dangerous germs in public restrooms.
The truth? The toilet seat is probably one of the CLEANEST things your child will come into contact with in a public restroom. A quick, somewhat scientific, test performed on Penn & Teller’s Bullshit! (Safety Hysteria: Season 2) showed that people’s hands were FAR more germ ridden than their backsides after sitting on a public toilet.
A couple studies by ABC News showed that your desk at work is probably 400 times dirtier than a toilet seat. Here’s some more findings from the study:
“…He <Charles Gerba> says most of the germs you and your children pick up in the bathroom are on your hands, so make sure to wash them well but skip the so-called sanitary hand dryer.
“You actually end up with more bacteria with the hand blower because they’re taking the air in the restroom and blowing it onto your hands with the bacteria on it,” said Gerba.
But once your hands are clean there’s no need to worry about the door handle.
“Really the cleanest areas in the bathroom are actually the door handle and the toilet seat,” said Gerba. <Link>