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May 2, 2008

Toilet Bowls are Super Clean

The BBC today reported that toilet bowls carry one-fifth the amount of germs of "some" keyboards. Last year, the same news organization covered a University of Arizona study which found that toilet bowls contain one-400th as many microbes as the average keyboard. In 2004, that BBC number was around one-67th.

Even though the ratios differ from year to year, the toilet is always far cleaner than the keyboard. (Given the relative spic-and-span nature of the lavatory, it seems unlikely that, as the 2008 version of the article mind-blowingly suggests, "poor personal hygiene, such as not washing hands after going to the toilet, could also be to blame.")

Our recommendation? Eat lunch on the john. Not only is it clean, but it's convenient. No, we're not experts, but we're probably no more biased than Clorox, which commissioned the 2007 study.

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