May 11, 2006

News Briefs

Seen on Netscape:

We can see it!

The story is, in fact, some typical media scare-mongering about the invisible pathogens all around us. It seems that, because of growing concern about energy costs and environmental issues, people are using cold water to wash their clothes more often.

Well, this will never do! At least, not according to Dr Charles Gerba of the University of Arizona, who advises that if you don't do your laundry in 140F water, it won't be sanitized.

Now, look, I appreciate that dirty underwear is not particularly sanitary, and that's precisely why one wouldn't, say, rub one's face in it, or use it to dry one's dishes. But honestly, what is the point of wasting energy and money to sanitize something that is going to become instantly unsanitary the moment you use it again? Plus, how many people do you know who have actually contracted food poisoning from dirty laundry? It's absurd!

But, not to worry! There is one thing that you can fondle all you like, with gleeful abandon: "Never fear a doorknob," advises Gerba.



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