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Eating Like This Got 2 Men Arrested
Eating Like This
Got 2 Men Arrested
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Eating Like This Got 2 Men Arrested

It's the latest story of alleged 'sushi terrorism' in Japan

(Newser) - A man dipped his used chopsticks into a communal bowl of pickled ginger at a restaurant in Osaka, Japan—and he and a friend have been arrested for it. The Guardian reports that it's the latest development in the wave of "sushi terrorism" that has emerged in Japan....

Scott Turow: the Humble Hankie Can Save Us
Scott Turow: the Humble
Hankie Can Save Us

Scott Turow: the Humble Hankie Can Save Us

Author thinks his lifelong practice makes more sense than ever amid pandemic

(Newser) - Author Scott Turow grew up believing a gentleman always carries a handkerchief, so that's what he's been doing for the last 60 years. Indeed, "my body weight feels wrong if I'm heading out of the house with an empty back pocket," Turow writes at the...

KFC's Latest Ad Campaign Is Victim of Very Bad Timing

Fast-food chain pulls its 'Finger Lickin' Good' series amid coronavirus pandemic

(Newser) - One of the first lines of defense against the novel coronavirus is hand-washing , which doesn't bode well for KFC's latest ad campaign. The Drum reports that upward of 160 complaints have been registered with the UK's Advertising Standards Authority over the fast-food chain's recently launched series...

Memo to People Hunting Sanitizer: Soap Is Better
Memo to People Hunting
Sanitizer: Soap Is Better
the rundown

Memo to People Hunting Sanitizer: Soap Is Better

It functions like a 'demolition team' against the coronavirus, explains scientist

(Newser) - The coronavirus has people freaking out about toilet paper , which may seem a little odd. It's a little easier to understand the run on hand sanitizers, which are now hard to find on store shelves. But the CDC and others are emphasizing a key point: Hand-washing with ordinary soap...

Fox Host: Yes, I Was Joking About My Hand-Washing

Pete Hegseth pokes fun at the outrage after he announced he hadn't washed hands in 10 years

(Newser) - If you're seeing a lot of tweets or headlines about hand-washing, the explanation lies with Fox News host Pete Hegseth. He set off a social media flurry when he told his co-hosts, "My 2019 resolution is to say things on-air that I say off-air: I don't think...

Your Kitchen Towel Is Grosser Than You Know
Kitchen Towels
Dirtier Than You Think

Kitchen Towels Dirtier Than You Think

Study finds that bacteria is common

(Newser) - There's a decent chance your kitchen towels are hiding bacteria linked to food poisoning and other infections, according to a new study , though some are urging caution before tossing those towels in the trash. The finding is based on a University of Mauritius study of 100 kitchen towels used...

Vivienne Westwood's Beauty Secret: Bathing Just 52 Times a Year
Fashion Designer
Comes Clean on
Her Youthful Glow
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Fashion Designer Comes Clean on Her Youthful Glow

Vivienne Westwood reveals she only bathes once a week

(Newser) - Vivienne Westwood is known for her punk and new-wave style, and now also for her hygiene habits. The Guardian reports the 76-year-old British fashion designer was in Paris over the weekend for Fashion Week, and after her show put together with husband Andreas Kronthaler, Westwood was asked by reporters how...

Woman Allegedly Fired for Period Leaks Fights Back

Alisha Coleman's former employer says there is more to the story

(Newser) - After working at a 911 call center for nearly 10 years, Alisha Coleman was fired. She says it's because of her period, and the American Civil Liberties Union is arguing gender discrimination is at play. In the brief , Coleman alleges that the Bobby Dodd Institute in Fort Benning, Georgia,...

You Can Cut Hand-Washing Time in Half
You Can Cut
Time in Half

You Can Cut Hand-Washing Time in Half

10 seconds appears to do the trick: Rutgers study

(Newser) - You don't need to risk scalding yourself in order to get clean hands. According to researchers, washing your hands in cold water is just as effective at reducing bacteria as washing your hands in hot water. That's based on a small study of 21 people described in the...

Beards Maybe Aren't as Gross as You Think
 Beards Maybe 
 Aren't as Gross  
 as You Think 


Beards Maybe Aren't as Gross as You Think

They're just as hygienic as a clean face: studies

(Newser) - Go ahead, grow a beard: It's just as hygienic as having a clean face, and possibly more so, according to two recent studies. In stark contrast to earlier research that found beards could be as dirty as toilets , researchers who swabbed the faces of 409 male hospital workers found...

Go Ahead, Suck Your Thumb
 Go Ahead, Suck Your Thumb 
study says

Go Ahead, Suck Your Thumb

Study finds kids who do have fewer allergies

(Newser) - Kids who suck their thumbs or bite their nails past preschool age may drive their parents crazy, but at least the habits appear to incur a health benefit: a reduced risk of allergies. So report researchers in a new study showing that the protective effect lasts into adulthood. Their findings...

Sorry, Hand-Washing Takes More Effort Than You Think

 There's a Better Way 
 to Wash Your Hands 

There's a Better Way to Wash Your Hands

Best technique to reduce bacteria involves 6 steps: study

(Newser) - You do it several times a day: You grab some soap, rub your hands together for 20 seconds or so, then rinse. Yet if you're aiming to get rid of as much bacteria as possible, you've been washing your hands all wrong. After observing the hand-washing techniques of...

We Should Only Be Showering Once a Week

 We Should Only 
 Be Showering 
 Once a Week 

We Should Only Be Showering Once a Week

'Terrible for the environment and our bank balances'

(Newser) - Donnachadh McCarthy writing for the Guardian says something in modern society stinks, and it's our habit of showering every day. He says he only bathed once a week when he was a kid and doesn't remember smelling, blaming "falsely imposed cultural norms" for our all-too-frequent showers. McCarthy...

You Probably Need to Wash Your Sheets Right Now
 You Probably Need 
 to Wash Your 
 Sheets Right Now 
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You Probably Need to Wash Your Sheets Right Now

Here are some good, and also gross, reasons why

(Newser) - No one likes washing and changing their sheets, but what's the bare minimum you can get away with when freshening up your linens? University of Washington professor Dr. Marilyn Roberts tells Yahoo people should wash their sheets once per week "as long as there's no bodily secretions...

How a Man Has Gone 12 Years Without Bathing
 How a Man Has 
 Gone 12 Years 
 Without Bathing 
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How a Man Has Gone 12 Years Without Bathing

David Whitlock apparently smells just fine

(Newser) - A live bacteria spray meant to restore skin with healthy microbes erased by obsessive cleaning has at least one weighty endorsement: It's used daily by a guy who hasn't showered in more than 12 years, per CBS Boston . David Whitlock—a chemical engineer who manages not to scare...

This Is the Dirtiest Spot on an Airplane

Surprise: It's the tray table

(Newser) - If you avoid airplane bathrooms for fear of germs, it's time to rethink your strategy. Travelmath sent a microbiologist to swipe airplanes and airports to find the dirtiest spots and the results are as surprising as they are gross. The ickiest spot on a plane is actually a seat'...

Beard Swabs Yield 'Disturbing' Results

Some were as dirty as toilets, microbiologist says

(Newser) - Beard hygiene is important unless you want to have the equivalent of a dirty toilet seat growing out of your face, according to a microbiologist who swabbed a bunch of beards and was shocked by the results. "I'm usually not surprised and I was surprised by this,"...

Why Fist Bumps Trump Handshakes
Why Fist Bumps
Trump Handshakes

Why Fist Bumps Trump Handshakes

Handshakes spread 20 times more germs, study says

(Newser) - A good, firm handshake is a great way to spread germs, according to researchers who say infections could be reduced if people adopted fist bumps instead. The researchers dipped gloved hands in bacteria and then shook hands with, high-fived, or fist-bumped sterile-gloved counterparts, the Los Angeles Times reports. They found...

Paper Towels More Hygienic Than Hand Dryers

And don't even think about rubbing your hands together

(Newser) - Paper towels may not be the most environmentally friendly way to dry your hands, but they are the most hygienic. Australian scientist Cunrui Huang reviewed 12 studies on hand-drying, and found paper towels were the superior method in a public restroom, because they dry your hands more quickly than air...

Men Have More Bacteria in Their Offices: Study

Though it could just be because they're bigger

(Newser) - If you're a guy, chances are your office is swarming with microbial coworkers. OK, it's actually probably true for women as well, but a new study has found that on average, men have 10% to 20% more bacteria in their offices, the New York Times reports. "It...

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