I love gullible people.

Today I walked to Safeway with a friend of mine who shall remain nameless due to her highly gullible nature.

We both bought bags of grapes, and she started eating hers as soon as we left the store.

“Don’t eat your grapes, they’re covered in pesticides!”

“Yeah, but I don’t want to wait till we get home–I’ll just rub them off.” She shrugged and began rubbing the grapes between her fingers and her shirt.

“You do know that doesn’t actually get the germs, off, right?”

“Yes it does, if you rub them the heat from the friction kills the germs.”

“Where on earth did you hear that?” I asked.

“This doctor told me and Holly that,” she retorted.

“What kind of a doctor, a quack doctor?”

“No, he’s not a quack doctor, he’s a real doctor, like a doctor doctor.”

Apparently, this doctor told my friend and her friend, that rubbing your hands together real fast kills germs. Aside from the obvious fact that rubbing hands together doesn’t address obvious areas like fingernails and skin creases…heat from friction? Really? He actually told them that this is why you see surgeons rubbing their hands together in movies before they put their gloves on.


2 thoughts on “I love gullible people.

  1. Rebecca Harms says:

    We did a test last year in my medical-micro biology course about germs, and washed individual fingers on one hand differently and with different products. I was amazed at how little difference there was between the “washed with soap” finger and the “just water” finger. hardly enough difference to pay for soap. but i still do. It is true though, that abrasion usually kills most of the germs, not the soap itself, unless you have the antibacterial kind. Just a thought to counter your thought. It’s no friction theory, but close.

  2. splendified says:

    i still hold fingernails and skin creases as proof it wont work, and doesn’t everyone use antibacterial soap?

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