:rofl: :rofl: Thanks, guys.
Well, as you probably know, the words "testament" and "testify" derive from the word "testes", meaning "testicles".El Hombre Invisible said:It's not unfeasible for a gent to relieve himself without needing to lay hands upon his weapon directly. You can spot the adopters of this technique by their Elvis-like hip wiggle. Beyond that, I've often wondered about the necessity for hand-washing after a stand-up. So long as there is no ricochet effect, which is a danger, what precisely are we washing off? As long as we keep our equipment squeaky clean, and those who are always (maybe over-optimistically) prepared for an impromptu early birthday treat do just that, then the recipient of our shaky-handy greeting has more to worry about the germs already on our hands, whether they were recently in physical contact with our pride and joy or not. Agree or no?
And you wash with holy water? (Or is that your sister's name?)honestrosewater said:Yes, for strength - and to the germ god for mercy. Doesn't everyone?selfAdjoint said:And do you pray to the soap god then?honestrosewater said:I wash my hands religiously.
No, for some reason holy water burns my skin. I use lye water, which does happen to be my sister's name.Danger said:And you wash with holy water? (Or is that your sister's name?)
Moonbear said:Even if you managed to get through the entire restroom trip without touching anything, since you're right there by the sinks anyway, it seems like a reasonable opportunity to wash your hands anyway. You should wash your hands several times a day just to wash off things like cold and flu viruses that you pick up from door knobs and hand rails and then infect yourself with when you rub your eyes or touch your mouth.
As to my public restroom habits, I always flush the toilets using my shoes, I absolutely refuse to touch the handle with my hand. I then crank out a little bit of paper and leave it there. I then proceed to wash my hands vigorously with liberal amounts of soap. When I'm done rinsing my hand, I then tear off the strip of paper and use it to cover the paper dispenser handle and crank out more paper. I then use the strip to turn off the water. When I'm done drying my hands, I open the door using the paper towel and throw it out either once I'm outside of the bathroom or if the trash can is close enough to toss it into before the door closes.
By doing that, I minimize my exposure to the various wonderful things human bodies are capable of producing. That said, I absolutely love automatic toilets, automatic water facuets, automatic soap dispensers, and automatic air hand dryers or paper dispensers. Now we just need a bathroom that cleans up after itself.
What I really hate about advice like that is that the bathroom wouldn't be nearly as dirty for everyone else if people like that didn't put their feet on the handles that you're supposed to touch with your hands or grab the handle on the paper towel dispenser BEFORE washing their hands rather than after when their hands are clean. Now the next person to get a paper towel AFTER washing their hands is going to pick up whatever germs that other person left behind.Gabrielle said:I'm borrowing a very valuable, informative quote from a poster on another discussion board. It divulges the ultimate, hand washing experience. It's a good one:
Moonbear said:What I really hate about advice like that is that the bathroom wouldn't be nearly as dirty for everyone else if people like that didn't put their feet on the handles that you're supposed to touch with your hands or grab the handle on the paper towel dispenser BEFORE washing their hands rather than after when their hands are clean. Now the next person to get a paper towel AFTER washing their hands is going to pick up whatever germs that other person left behind.
I don't know a huge number of people who are germ-phobic to that degree, but the few that I have run into, I notice seem to be the ones who are sick all the time anyway. I could speculate many things based on that observation; 1) maybe they're germ-phobic because they get sick often and are desperately trying to do anything possible to avoid more illnesses, 2) maybe they have always been excessively clean/germ-phobic, and that has left them with too little exposure to common germs to build up normal immunity, 3) maybe their obsession focuses on only specific sources of germs, such as paper towel dispensers in public bathrooms and leaves them with a false sense of security so they are not as cautious about things like rubbing their eyes or putting their hands to their mouth and transferring germs from sources they don't think about, like handrails on stair cases, or walking through a crowded mall.Gabrielle said:You've made a good point. I suppose they could grab a piece of toilet paper before they come out to wash their hands and then use that to hold onto the handle of the paper towel dispenser. It takes a little extra effort and ingenuity. I guess you have to stop and figure out if it's worth the extra forethought and effort. It might sound like we're going a little overboard or turning somersaults to remain germ-free. We're facing flu season though.
Didn't the tradition of shaking hands come about, like saluting, as a way to show you were not carrying a weapon.arildno said:Well, as you probably know, the words "testament" and "testify" derive from the word "testes", meaning "testicles".
This refers to the ancient custom that when males made vows and contracts with each other, they did by placing their hand upon the other guy's genitalia, or at least some part of those.
This custom is euphemized in the Bible as "placing the hand on the other's thigh". Some Indonesian peoples (I think) still use this way to solemnize treaties.
Needless to say, we've euphemized this old practice into giving each other just a good hand-shake.
Of course, I personally wouldn't mind too much if this custom was to be revived in its old form in modern day Western culture; I merely pointed out that the intimacy transferral connected with unwashing might not be wanted by the majority of Westerners today..
revelator said:I wonder if it was actually a shaking of the next guys weapon, or just a good grasping. The idea of shaking it seems ludicrous. :rofl: :rofl:
So, why are so many men here trying to defend not washing their hands rather than demonstrating that they are not as dirty as the article suggests? :tongue2: I think the title was meant to get a reaction, so I was actually a little surprised that there were so many responsese actually trying to defend NOT washing hands rather than jumping up and pointing out that of course they wash their hands every time, or complaining that you have to skip it because there aren't enough sinks, or something to contradict the article.The_Professional said:I'm sure if that article says: Are women dirtier than men? these feministas are going ballistic.
Those annoy me too. There was one commercial for one of those flsuhable toilet cleaning products that had a group of men sitting around watching a football game and talking as if they were at a tea party about how nicely the toilet sparkles and how easy it was to use that product. It was done totally tongue-in-cheek though, so still didn't break the stereotype, it just used the stereotype to be humorous. I actually wrote to one department store and complained about their ads that portrayed men as totally incompetent to take care of children and portrayed the women as shop-a-holics. I was more bothered by the way they portrayed the men in that one, mostly because they were trying to advertise a sale, so of course you're going to show someone loving shopping, but there was no need to show the men at home in the midst of a child-created disaster area crying, "Where's your mother?!" It's like those who call it babysitting when a father stays home to watch his children...um...no...it's parenting.Additionally, watch most commercials men are always portrayed as incompetent yutz who can't take care of themselves.