6 Places in Your House just Filled with Bacteria

6 Places in Your House just Filled with Bacteria You think at least your house is clean? It may look that way if you are among the diligent ones, but there’s no escaping the hungry bacteria! Here are some of the dirtiest yet obviously disgusting things in our homes! There’s no such thing as absolute cleanliness, but wait and see just how dirty things really are! Apart from the obvious doorknobs, or light switchers that we seldom disinfect, here are 6 places in your house just filled with bacteria.

# 1. Your kitchen and everything in it

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Contrary to popular opinion, the kitchen may actually be the dirtiest place in the house.

The kitchen sink – typically has about 500,000 bacteria per square inch in the drain alone, so you can only imagine the total bacteria that add up if you consider faucets and all. A kitchen sink is actually dirtier than your toilet post-flush. As in the part where the water comes out, it is filled with black grunge. You wash your hands, your teeth and your food with water coming from dirty faucets. Yuck!

Let’s not forget about dishtowels and sponges that are especially problematic, because they hold moisture and we tend to use them for multiple tasks. Apparently an easy remedy for this is to microwave the sponge for 60 seconds. A kitchen sponge is 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat, and a dishcloth is 20,000 times dirtier.

The fridge handle is a special home for various bacteria, if you think of the multitude of things one can touch before using the fridge handle, things such as raw meet, dairy, the toilet…

The cutting board is an endless source of bacteria. Raw meat apparently carries a very high level of fecal bacteria. Maybe it’s better to cut the vegetables on the floor?

There’s a land of all prospects above the kitchen cabinets, as someone seldom cleans them up there. It’s so hard to do that all the time!

# 2. Let’s not ignore the obvious bathroom

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Apparently public restrooms have about 2 million bacteria per square inch, while the average toilet seat has only 50 per square inch.

The bathtub is also a horribly dirty place, as any standing water that lingers after a shower or bath breeds mold, fungi, and staph bacteria.

The toothbrush is as dirty as poop, because whenever you flush your toilet the germs can travel up to 6 feet and linger for up to 2 hours. A lot of them end up on toothbrushes. Moreover the toothbrush holder offers strong competition- reportedly, 27% of toothbrush holders involved in a recent test had coliform bacteria and 14% had Staph. inside their toothbrush holder.

# 3. The fluffy bedroom

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The bed mattress is the perfect home for all sorts of micro-organisms, but the shocking thing about this is the fact that after 10 years an average mattress will nearly double its weight because of the number of dust mites and dust mite poop that it has collected. Yuck!

Well pillows hold standards high as well, with dead skins cells, dust mites, fungal spores, pollens and other body secretions.

# 4. Gadgets and remote controls

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Our mobile devices can have 10 times more bacteria than toilet seats. And they are in touch with our face all the time. I wonder where all the acne outbreaks might be coming from…

Well, remote controls have been the victim of all sorts of traces of food from dirty fingers, or sheer spilling accidents so there’s nothing clean about those, either. Keyboards belong to the same category as well.

# 5. Your pet’s eating bowl

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The inside rim alone contains 2,110 bacteria per square inch. You should wash you pet’s food bowl every day, because it’s a source of disease for your companion.

# 6. Ice cubes

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Ice machines are filled with bacteria. According to a recent study made on fast foods, they found that ice cubes were dirtier than the water inside a toilet. So take care with that, too.

3 Theories in Favour of Body Hair

3 Theories in Favour of Body HairBody hair – the ultimate challenge, especially during summer time.  Well not both genders have such a hard time dealing with it, as women probably are much more haunted by the ordeal, but nevertheless this question is on everybody’s lips: what’s it for? Here are 3 theories in favour of body hair.

There are several explanations regarding this subject beginning with evolutionary inheritance and finishing with pheromones, responsible for sexual attraction. The human body contains about 5,000,000 hair follicles, each one producing a hair shaft. The function of human hair supposedly depends on the part of the body from which it grows. It is believed that the human hair performs several functions, such as protecting the skin from environmental influences. It is believed to respond to external input and translate this information into neurological impulses that are brain interprets as sensory stimuli.

# The good old theory of evolution

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Hair appears to keep out body temperature within normal ranges. Nearly every hair follicle on our body has a little smooth muscle, known as a piloerector muscle, connected to it. All these muscles have a nerve supply, so when the nerves are activated, the muscles contract and the hair follicles rise. We have roughly as many hair follicles as chimpanzees do. But as humans evolved, the overall amount of human body hair has diminished. Well not the actual number of hairsprings has diminished, but human body hair has lost its pregnant color, thickness, and the over all “furry” aspect. We reportedly no longer needed it for heat and protection.

However the theory of evolution fails to explain why we still have underarm hair, or pubic or some considerable amount on our legs… We’re not so cold anymore.

# The theory of sexual attraction

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It is believed that the tufts of hair around the genitals, as well as under the arms, release pheromones, which may act as erotic signals. Pheromones get trapped in the pubic hair once released by the apocrine glands on the surface of the skin. This odor-less production then combines with bacteria decomposed by the secretions of the sebaceous glands. The resulting scent is unique for each and every one of us due to a genetic complex called the Major Histocompatability Complex (MHC). Studies suggest that women are attracted to men with very different MHCs than their own, supposedly because a genetically diverse offspring is more able to fight off disease.

# Body hair keeps the skin healthy

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This is the latest theory and probably the most accurate one. Human body is home to roughly ten times as many bacterial cells as human cells. There are also fungal cells, but not so much is known about their functions. Since these bacteria think of you as their home sweet home, they do everything they can in order to keep their home as cozy as it can possibly be, at least from a bacteria’s perspective: by producing substances that help you fight infections or others that help you digest your food properly. In other words hair follicles are homes for such friendly bacteria, along with sebaceous glands.

So in order to be healthy, you need to have a good microbiome (this community of microorganisms living on or inside our bodies). This includes hair follicles as well. Instead of being useless, then, hair is critically important to maintaining skin health, as its follicles provide a necessary and pleasant environment for certain members of the skin microbiome. So we would have been much more vulnerable had it not been for our annoying body hair.

So give it a kiss and be grateful for it, will you? Body hair is generally ok; it just wants to protect you. Because of the fact that it is no longer compatible with modern beauty standards, most people, especially women, have it removed. But bare to mind that hygiene conditions while doing this are highly important as we wouldn’t want the bacteria that’s supposed to stay on your skin get the chance to visit the inside.

The Best and Worst Grammar Police Examples

I’m really quite nervous about typing this. I feel apprehensive because the Grammar Police are everywhere! When you write about bad grammar, they crawl out of the woodwork to study every word and punctuation mark. Still, if you find any mistakes here, I’ll just pretend that they were made with a big dollop of irony. Without any further wait, let’s dive into our list of the best and worst Grammar Police examples.

The People and Their Spelling Fail

Spelling Fails and the Grammar Police

Can I propose a simple yet useful suggestion to the English speaking world? We should just spell they’re, there and their the same freaking way. I realize that learning how to spell each of these three short words correctly doesn’t seem like a huge task. But, it really would make this world a better place to live in.

The Double Grammar Fail

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The only thing worse than a Grammar Nazi correcting you is the said Grammar Nazi making incorrect corrections. Thankfully, the person correcting the corrector didn’t make any mistakes. We could have been caught up in a never-ending series of correction notes. Each note would become more pedantic than the previous one.

The Pumps Fail

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The most interesting thing about this sign is that pre-pay pumps exist somewhere in the world. Why didn’t anyone tell me about this before now? I have no idea what liquids or solids are pumped out of said pumps. If the product is payed for before I arrive, you won’t find me complaining.

The Passed Away Grammar

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A lot of people seem to have trouble telling the difference between past and passed. This infraction appears to be a huge area of concern for Grammar Police all over the planet. Surely, this should be the subject of international conferences and documentaries. However, I believe it is safe to say that a note telling you that a colleague passed away isn’t really an appropriate place to discuss the subject.

The Grammar Police Fail

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Even the Grammar and Spelling Police make mistakes. In this case, we can see how two different agents of these fine organisations made mistakes of their own. Correcting other people’s mistakes all day long is a tough and tiring job. But, someone has to do it!

The Backwards Swastika

Best and Worst Grammar Police Examples

The Grammar Police and Grammar Nazis are pretty much the same. If you fall foul of either party, you will soon realize all of your misplaced commas and erroneous apostrophes. What about the Graffiti Police, though? In this case, a member of the organization was a bit too quick to write a reply when he found a backwards swastika.

The Terrible Grammar Fail

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To be honest, I failed the exams to join the Grammar Police. They offered me a position in the Superfluous Comma Squad. But, I felt like the role wouldn’t allow me to show off my full range of skills. Having said all of that, even I would need to jump in and make a citizen’s arrest on this awful speller. He may be suffering a serious case of unrequited love (she isn’t remotely interested in you, buddy), but that doesn’t excuse horrible pile of errors.

The Punctuate Fail

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Have you spotted any of my deliberate mistakes yet? I bet you haven’t. Anyway, this is a pretty good example of the power of commas. They save lives and prevent forest fires!

8 Traveling to Turkey as a Woman Tips

Sometimes visiting countries that belong to other religions, and therefore other cultures, can turn into an inter-galactic experience. Especially if you are a woman. Since you cannot go there unprepared, because you’ll be laughed at immediately, here are 8 travelling to turkey as a woman tips for safe holidays. Turkish people love socializing, and Turkish merchants love to negotiate. So keep your smiles on the face where everybody can see them, and get ready for the most useful surviving Turkey tips.

1.   Don’t wear a mini skirt and a cleavage when visiting their mosks

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They are very religious, and their mosks are their most sacred territory. You cannot go in there dressed like a trendy American or European. It is disrespectful. They not only take their shoes off when they go into a mosk to pray, but they are absolutely silent and humble in front of their mighty Allah. They keep their women covered from head to toe, so don’t defy them in a western-world-manner, even though you may find their tradition ridiculous.

2.   If you are travelling with a guy, and he’s talking to a Turkish man, don’t try integrating yourself into their conversation. Chances of success are minimal.

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Turkish men believe women aren’t men’s equals. Not physically, nor intellectually. So when 2 men are having a serious conversation, there’s no place for a woman there. It’s as if they’ve unconsciously trained their ears not to hear feminine opinion. So don’t take it personally if this happens to you.

3.   Don’t smoke, even if men are doing it near you. You’ll be taken as a prostitute in a tick.

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No faithful Muslim is allowed to smoke. Well Christians aren’t allowed either, but this is another thing. Well a woman with a cigarette is the least appealing thing for a Turkish man. Moreover you are likely to be confused with a prostitute, as their smoking is sometimes used as a clue.

4.   Wear a sponge bra

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Well this one is self-explanatory. Just do it!

5.   Short hair will make a women feel just like a zoo monkey

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Long hair is a symbol o feminity and therefore a woman should never have her hair cut. Well they’ll probably think you’re sick or something

6.   If it’s the Ramadan, try to avoid eating delicious things like chocolate on the streets. Most of the Turkish are very faithful to Allah and have to abstain from any kind of food until sunset as long as the celebration lasts.

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The Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar, when Muslims worldwide fast all day long, every day of the month. This name stands for scorching heat or dryness.

7.   If you see a group of Turkish men drinking tea in the shade, don’t go over there, expecting to be served one as well. You’ll not be respected for that.

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Women have their own universe that seldom cuts across men’s interests. They are mainly housewives and their husbands tend to spend their free time far from them.

8.   If a Turkish guy claims to know you from a “discussion” you apparently had a few hours ago, don’t bite it. He probably wants to clench you to go to his restaurant.

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They are very dedicated to promoting their business. They are born merchants, so it’s basically in their blood to attract every person they see on the street They are also pretty inventive, and their making up all sorts of stories to get you to listen to them is far from being out of their league.  This might be annoying at first, but once you get used to their way of being, you’ll fall in love with their disclosure and love for commerce.

5 Reasons Why We Love Zooey Deschanel

Yesterday we talked about Lisa Kudrow, (well, technically about her character Phoebe on “Friends”) because of her birthday and all, but the TV is full of awesome and inspiring ladies we’d like to talk about. Today we will focus on one such lady of a newer generation than Lisa: Zooey Deschanel. Admit it, there isn’t a lot you can do to resist the charms of this awesomely smart and funny and pretty lady. And there are a lot of reasons for it; here are just 5 of them.

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1. She’s more than a talented actress and she stands up for ideals.

Whenever she’s involved in a debate where she feels like the values or ideals which she believes in are belittled, she stands up for them in a gracious, but firm manner. Her most recent such exploit was when she kindly explained to writer Mike Albo that “not every woman is dying to give birth” and he should stop putting people in such narrow boxes with his prejudice. To us, that raised her immediately to a feminist icon status, and the best thing about it is that she argues for what she believes in graciously and with an admirable understanding for the diversity of options and values.

2. She’s also a talented artist; very much so actually.

All this talk of how she’s more than just an actress shouldn’t make us forget her acting skills in any way. Sure, she didn’t win any Academy Awards yet, and she’s known mostly for sweet movies like romantic comedies and such, but that doesn’t mean she’s not playing her part(s) in a truly inspiring fashion. If you’ve seen 500 Days of Summer (2009) you can’t have not been moved by her initially cynical manic pixie dream girl kind of character. Also, if you’re watching the ongoing New Girl TV series, how can you not love her weird and goofy and insanely cute and attractive character, Miss Jessica Day? It would be impossible, really.

3. Her name is just so awesome: Zooey Deschanel.

Seriously, how can your name be Zooey Deschanel? Does no one see how ridiculously attractive and goofy and cute that name is, all at the same time? It sounds as if she isn’t a human being, but an alluring species of flower. I picture it being a dark and hypnotizing purple. The only other celebrity we know with a name which sounds as if he grew up in a planthouse is Orlando Bloom, but while he’s cute, he’s not nearly as fascinating as Zooey.

4. She has a few also famous look-alikes, but she’s still the best.

She’s often been compared to Katy Perry, or Krysten Ritter, or Lizzy Caplan, but she’s still the awesomest of the bunch (well, unless you’re a hardcore Katy Perry fan, in which case we apologize). It’s most interesting that her looks seem to be pretty distinctive and rare, with the brunette hair and white skin and enormous blue eyes, so the fact that there are a few other celebs that resemble her is actually kind of funny.

5. She has a lovely blog about cute and meaningful things.

Before she was as famous as she was now, Zooey Deschanel started a cute women’s blog together with a couple of her girlfriends, where they blogged about a whole bunch of cute things, but also debated serious issues like protests, feminist issues, relationships with the significant other or with family, body confidence issues and so on. Now, she doesn’t have the time to blog anymore, but is still an honorary member of the site. The site runs now mostly on fuel from a bunch of carefully selected contributors, but maintains the initial spirit wonderfully, under the supervision of its initial founders. Oh, and it also has a super-cute name: Hello Giggles.

These were out top 5 reasons for liking Zooey Deschanel a lot, beyond her looks and even her mere acting skills. How about you, do you like her, and if so, what do you like the most?