Wednesday, September 13, 2006

A Honest Pig or a Clean Liar

Bath twice a day to be really clean, once a day to be passably clean, once a week to avoid being a public menace.
Anthony Burgess (1917–93), author

I’m in a state of confusion now. I am a major proponent of hand washing frequently (see the posts just over their to the right Try a Little Cleanliness and the companion piece Urinal Selection Strategy), and especially after using the restroom, but a report in "Science Magazine" points out that:

Physical cleansing has been a focal element in religious ceremonies for thousands of years. The prevalence of this practice suggests a psychological association between bodily purity and moral purity. In three studies, we explored what we call the "Macbeth effect"—that is, a threat to one's moral purity induces the need to cleanse oneself. This effect revealed itself through an increased mental accessibility of cleansing-related concepts, a greater desire for cleansing products, and a greater likelihood of taking antiseptic wipes.

I believe most people 8 out of 10 will return your wallet or tell you that you dropped money – it’s just a guess. So, the study in "Science Magazine" may very well explain why most people don’t wash their hands. Now, I’m waiting for the study on why men spite in urinals and most times don’t flush them.

4 comments:

TOR Hershman said...

The men that don't flush are simply displaying there feelings of powerlessness in their CULTure with a scent marking bellowing.

It's much as moi paraphrases here, 'they are leading lives of quite desperation' and the
non-flush is their scream; an outcry of their inner
Toilet Tarzan.

Stay on Groovin' (DNA Jungle) Safari,
TOR

TOR Hershman said...

Oh, BTW
*oink oink*

TOR Hershman said...

But, moi doth flush both mind and bladder thought neither matters.

Anonymous said...

They don't flush because then they think they don't have to wash their hands...idiots.

The spitting part is barbaric and I never understood it. I heard one person recently say that it helps to get the flow going.