Your Latest Reason to Hate Flying: Scary Germs Everywhere

It's a technological marvel, sure, but flying is generally miserable and, for those of us who're a little phobic, terrifying too. And now there's yet another reason to squirm in your seat with discomfort: germs! Apparently, invisible goodies like MRSA and E. coli stick around airplanes for way too long. » 5/20/14 4:50pm 5/20/14 4:50pm

Your Doctor's Stethoscope is a Filthy Cesspool of Invisible Bugs

Everything is disgusting and we're all going to die of something at some point. That being said, just because everything's already kind of disgusting doesn't mean we shouldn't strive, as a society, to be less gross. One place we could start is doctor's stethoscopes. » 2/28/14 6:00pm 2/28/14 6:00pm

FDA Demands Proof Antibacterial Soaps Are Safe and Actually Work

Attention germaphobes: The L.A. Times reports that the FDA just announced it'll soon be placing new restrictions on the labeling of supposed "antibacterial soap." » 12/16/13 5:30pm 12/16/13 5:30pm

Stanford's 'Kissing Orgy' Tradition Is A Fun, Sexy Way to Get Mono

Every year, freshman at Stanford University, their high school nerdstink still clinging to their strategically selected college reinvention outfits, gather on a quad to be ushered into the prestigious school's community by polite, consent-seeking upperclassmen. You'd think the tradition — known colloquially as the… » 11/01/13 5:00pm 11/01/13 5:00pm

You and Your Dog Are Sharing Skin Bugs and It's Gross

Dog owners and their pups can get close. After reading this article, some might say too close because, as it turns out, dogs and their people are sharing skin bugs left and right. In fact, they're sharing skin microbes so much that two dog owners who are strangers actually have more in common on a microbial level… » 5/07/13 1:10pm 5/07/13 1:10pm

Puke: Your iPhone Is Dirtier Than a Toilet Seat

Make sure to disinfect your hands by removing the first three layers of epidermis and then soaking them in bleach for ten minutes after you send your next text. Because, seriously, your hands are fucking disgusting and your precious iPhone is a germ magnet.
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What Is the Germiest Part of Your Kitchen?

Refrigerator meat compartments, blender gaskets, can openers, and rubber spatulas are where the bulk of the germs live in your kitchen, according to a new study that suggests that we're all a bunch of filthy animals who essentially create petri dish-like environments out of our household items because we don't know… » 3/29/13 12:20pm 3/29/13 12:20pm

Sorry, Floor Eaters: The 5-Second Rule Is Definitely a Myth

The 5-second rule is a myth that has been busted before (by the Myth Busters, no less) and yet it persists, which is why YouTube's science channel Vsauce has set out and disproved it once and for all. Turns out, the moment your food touches the ground it is covered with bacteria and after a whole 5 seconds, it can… » 12/10/12 7:15pm 12/10/12 7:15pm

Today In Gross: Your Local Makeup Counter Is Caked in Germs

Here's an alternative for the next time you need to go to the cosmetic counter to try out a new lipstick or foundation: Instead, why not just stick your face into a pile of used Kleenex? Or lick all the surfaces of your kid's school nurse's office? Why not lie face down on the floor and wait patiently for death… » 6/19/12 1:55pm 6/19/12 1:55pm

Your Office Break Room Is a Cesspool of Filth

Every morning you cruise into the office, set your bags down at your desk, and then head to the break room/kitchen/communal area. You may think you're there to get coffee and shoot the shit with your coworkers, but it turns out you're basically just there to soak yourself in germs for a few minutes. What a lovely way… » 5/24/12 10:00am 5/24/12 10:00am

Doctors Transplant a Heart After It's Been Dropped in the Street


Here's a story that really tests the limits of the five-second rule. A heart was being transported to a hospital in Mexico City to be transplanted into a patient there. After it was unloaded from the helicopter outside the hospital, the lid of the cooler it was in came loose, and the heart feel out onto the street.… » 1/25/12 9:00pm 1/25/12 9:00pm

Leaving The Toilet Open Causes Everyone Else To Get The Vomits

You probably already knew that when you flush the toilet with the lid open, a great big cloud of bacteria shoots up into the air like a mushroom cloud of poo germs. But did you know that if you leave the lid open even when the toilet is just hanging out and not being shat in, you're exposing all nearby surfaces to a… » 1/03/12 5:00pm 1/03/12 5:00pm

ATMs Are As Filthy As Public Toilets

Here's some disturbing information: According to a British study, ATM keypads have as much bacteria as public toilets, and both contain bacteria known to cause human illnesses. A manufacturer of antibacterial products funded the research, but it's gross nonetheless. » 1/11/11 1:45pm 1/11/11 1:45pm

Megan Fox Has OCD & Fear Of Bathroom Bacteria

"This is a sickness, I have an illness," she tells Allure. On her squick list? Restaurant silverware. "Putting my mouth where a million other mouths have been, just knowing all the bacteria that you carry in your mouth? Ucch!" [People] » 5/18/10 9:20am 5/18/10 9:20am

Germaphobes: Just Forget About It, Everything's Covered In Shit

The Wall Street Journal did one of those lovely stories about all the places germs lurk that we might not have even thought about. You might want to Purell yourself before reading this. » 9/30/09 4:40pm 9/30/09 4:40pm

Is Your Gym Killing You?

As if it weren't hard enough to stick to an exercise regimen, now there's the news that in addition to sweaty spandex-clad thighs and the stench of B.O., the gym is a breeding ground for staph infections. As some people know, germs are everywhere. And if you're like me, you can't get a decent night's sleep at a hotel,… » 11/01/07 6:20pm 11/01/07 6:20pm