Handbags are dangerous?!


Ok, this is not one of those posts that will assist the next terrorist but one that shall help (hopefully) somebody out there. It has nothing to do with my being such a tomboy/ woman-who-hates-handbags-and-dressing-up. It is really something that has been forwarded to my email by a friend of mine who does not usually forward stuff so, it is very important. I did not get any links from the email so I cannot quote the origins of the article but I am hereby stating, categorically (I have always wanted to use that word, so do pardon me if it is not relevant or it is giving a contrived meaning… and there is another word I have always wanted to use….. okay, let me get back to the blog)… We were talking of hand bags… (I really wanted to write but I find that the very nature of the email that I have CTRL+Aed and then CTRL+Ved :-), lol, does not allow me. All I am doing on this post is to add the intro and the images, which I shall also copy-paste off some websites. So here goes…..

HANDBAGS, Briefcases and Gym Bags…… 
Have you ever noticed girls who set their handbags on public toilet floors, then go directly to their dining tables and set it on the table? Happens a lot!
It’s not always the ‘restaurant food’ that causes stomach distress. Sometimes ‘what you don’t know will hurt you!’
Read on.
Mom got so upset when guests came in the door and plopped their handbags down on the counter where she was cooking or setting up food.
                     Image Courtesy of Tokyo-stories.com
She always said that handbags are really dirty, because of where they have been.

It’s something just about every woman carries with them. While we may know what’s inside our handbags, do you have any idea what’s on the outside?
Women carry handbags everywhere; from the office to public toilets to the floor of the car. Most women won’t be caught without their handbags, but did you ever stop to think about where your handbag goes during the day?
‘I drive a school bus, so my handbag has been on the floor of the bus a lot,’ says one woman. ‘On The floor of my car and in toilets.’

‘I put my handbag in grocery shopping carts and on the floor of the toilet,’ says another woman, ‘and of course in my home which should be clean.’
     My one issue is that this guy has on a swimming trunk, in a tub!! Oh, well, he has the abs so I forgive him. Pic courtesy of Famed.com is that a fart bubble? (lolest)
We decided to find out if handbags harbour a lot of bacteria. We learned how to test them at Nelson Laboratories in Salt Lake, and then we set out to test the average woman’s handbag.
Most women told us they didn’t stop to think about what was on the bottom of their handbag. Most said at home they usually set their handbags on top of kitchen tables and counters where food is prepared.. Most of the ladies we talked to told us they wouldn’t be surprised if their handbags were at least a little bit dirty.
It turns out handbags are so surprisingly dirty, even the microbiologist who tested them was shocked. Microbiologist Amy Karen of Nelson Labs says nearly all of the handbags tested were not only high in bacteria, but high in harmful kinds of bacteria.
Pseudomonas can cause eye infections; staphylococcus aurous can cause serious skin infections and salmonella and e-coli found on the handbags could make people very sick.
In one sampling, four of five handbags tested positive for salmonella, and that’s not the worst of it. ‘There is faecal contamination on the handbags’ says Amy. Leather or vinyl handbags tended to be cleaner than cloth handbags, and lifestyle seemed to play a role.
People with kids tended to have dirtier handbags than those without, with one exception.The handbag of one single woman who frequented nightclubs had one of the worst contaminations of all.
(Now this piece of info right here is just discriminatory! How dare they insinuate that? Oh, wait, it was one single woman’s bag, phew!!)
‘Some type of faeces or possibly vomit,’ says Amy.
So the moral of this story is that your handbag won’t kill you, but it does have the potential to make you very sick if you keep it on places where you eat. Use hooks to hang your handbag at home and in toilets, and don’t put it on your desk, a restaurant table, or on your kitchen counter top.
Experts say you should think of your handbag the same way you would a pair of shoes.
‘If you think about putting a pair of shoes on your countertops, that’s the same thing you’re doing when you put your handbag on the countertops.’
  Point made, shoes and handbags go hand in hand…. eeew! Pic courtesy of TheStar.com
Your handbag has gone where individuals before you have walked, sat, sneezed, coughed, spat, urinated, emptied bowels, etc! (and shat, f*$#%ed and all sorts of stuff people do)
Do you really want to bring that home with you?

The microbiologists at Nelson also said cleaning a handbag will help. Wash cloth handbags and use leather cleaner to clean the bottom of leather handbags.
In my case, I have blogged it and added some running commentary along.



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