Warning – Do not read this if you do not like to read about gross, bathroom stuff.
Still here? Ok. My daughter came home recently from college and proceeded to tell me how the bathroom on her floor might get shut down for use by anyone. When I asked why, she told me it was because the girls in the dorm would not flush the toilet and it was getting disgusting. Again, I asked why and she explained it was due to the girls being afraid of being contaminated.
Apparently, these young ladies are convinced that by flushing the toilet, a mist filled with germs will fill the room and take them over in a fashion similar to “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”. I have heard this story before but just thought it was a bad e-mail that probably had been shot down on Snopes.com by now. However, I searched the web and, sure enough, there was even a name for it, “the aerosol effect”.
I am not going to argue the fact that a mist with germs might be generated when you flush the toilet. Seems to be a reasonable assumption. Here is my problem with the thought process on this.
1. You are already sitting on a public toilet. That is full skin on seat germ contact. Isn’t that a bigger problem? The rebuttal would be, “I put paper down”. Fair enough, although it is “misted” toilet paper so I am not sure what the point is.
2. When you are sitting there relieving yourself, is there not some “splash back”? Also, certainly you have dropped a torpedo and had the nasty, germ filled water plop up and sprinkle your backside. I would suggest both of these are infinitely more germ loaded than the dreaded mist.
3. And what about the sink you are about to wash your hands in? The Internet tells me it is the second most likely place to have feces. The first? The kitchen sink! (I told you not to read this).
My point is, I have been flushing toilets my entire life (except when I lived on a farm in the 70′s and we had an outhouse. Now that was foul). I have survived it as has everyone I know. If you go around not flushing toilets, a couple of things will happen. First, you will be identified by your peers. You will then have the reputation as “that nasty, skanky, poopy girl”. Next, no man wants to live with a chick that doesn’t flush. We expect more out of you. (We will be the pigs, thank you very much).
It is so out of control, that there are actually products designed so you don’t have to flush the toilet.
This is quite possibly the dumbest thing I have ever seen. You sit this next to the toilet so that you don’t have to touch the handle. First, if any males live with you or are going to use this toilet, it will be covered in urine in no time. We can’t help it. God made it so we miss from time to time. His little joke, I think.
But even if it is for female use only, wouldn’t the dreaded mist settle on it every time you flushed? So now you are dragging poopy germs on your shoes or feet throughout the entire house. Brilliant!
Look, for the love of everything that is holy, flush the damned toilet you nasty college girls. Then go wash your hands and call it a day. Besides, if you think the “aerosol effect” is the nastiest thing you will touch today, think again. You are frequently touching things that are handled by single young men all of the time. Think that through a bit, let the light bulb come on, and you will really be disgusted. (Still confused? Think about the movie “American Pie”. Now you’re getting it!)