Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Are We Really This Neurotic?

There is a new product that I heard about on the radio today called Courtesy Flush. One of the DJs was so excited to actually have the inventor of the product on that I thought he was going to go have a fit. Basically, its supposed to put a 'seal' on the water that will prevent any scent from getting into the air by keeping it below the water surface. Now, I never thought that I would see the day when people would start carrying the personal hand sanitizers with them, but given all the news stories about super-bacteria because of these gels and anti-bacterial soaps, they must be. Are all sorts of people going to be dragging bottles of this around with them now too? I know fanny packs are out of style, but men are going to need them just to carry all this crap around. I saw a segment on the Tyra Banks show awhile back with all the idiotic steps that some people go through just to use the toilet:
  • put down multiple toilet protectors or tissues covering the whole seat and bowl
  • hover over the bowl without touching anything with your hands
  • flush with your foot
  • use a paper towel to turn on the sink
  • wash their hands and then use another paper towel to turn off the sink
  • and another to open the door

Half the time, these are the same people that leave nasty puddles all over the place or remnants of their used protectors because they can't be bothered to clean up after themselves! Some of us are already going too far with silly measures that don't really do anything more to protect you. Most experts agree that sitting on a dry seat and simply washing your hands with soap and water for 30 seconds is enough to prevent picking up anything nasty.

People in less developed nations are the ones that need extra measures. Basic sewage systems aren't in place and people routinely die of parasites and illnesses. Diarrhea can kill a child in many parts of the world. And what about the amount of paper we waste putting down 75 layers between us and a seat that we have no intention of touching anyway! Maybe if people spent as much time cleaning up after themselves after they go as they do preparing to go, we wouldn't need to make going to the bathroom such a production! Its official, we have entirely too much time on our hands. By the way, if you need a suggestion of what to do with the $4.99 a bottle that you'd spend on this, you can send it to me. I'm sure I can find a better use for it than this.