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The Power of Two

Hammer Time

Published June 11, 2014 9:55 AM by Eleanor Wolfram

Good music is timeless and just does not go away. For example, the MC Hammer 1990 hip hop tune, “Can’t Touch This!”  Hammer’s rhythm and beat in that song still sends people into a frenzy of dance moves when they hear it.

Well recent microbiology “research” studies as to the length of time dropped food can lie on a germ infested floor and you can still eat it, should send you into a frenzy happy dance too.

According to the biology department of Birmingham University, research reveals that the old five-second rule of when food falls on floor is true. Studies of surfaces containing E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus microbes reveal that if a piece of bread falls and remains for a few seconds it accumulates fewer microbes than food remaining on contaminated surfaces loner.

On the flip side regarding microbial accumulations, other microbiology researchers have deduced that for the most part food containers are germy. There are several public food containers that are suggested to handled with care or just don’t touch. They include: condiment dispensers, such as ketchup bottles and menus, which may contain flu and clod virus from previous customers. In addition, it is suggested that bathroom door handles, soap dispensers and paper towel knobs in restaurants contained multiple organisms.

Germs like to breed in places other places to, for example shopping carts. A 2007 study out of the University of Arizona revealed that close to 70% of shopping cart handles contained fecal bacteria. It seems that these handles are more contaminated than the restrooms of airplanes and other public facilities.

And while we are on the subject, let’s talk about healthcare facilities. Studies have uncovered that clinic, physicians’ office waiting rooms which are loaded with delightful reading magazines and colorful toys. However these items contain numerous germs from the coughing and sneezing droplets.

Moral of this post is always be conscious of what you are touching.  Well enough of that. Another of my MC Hammer fav’s is his tune “Too Legit To Quit”, in which the lyrics depict his workaholic behavior. However, it’s 1:00 a.m., and my lids are getting heavy. So unlike Hammer, I am legit enough to quit and relinquish my keyboard to the sandman. Good night.

posted by Eleanor Wolfram

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