Another day, another study in which we learn that the average American bumbles through their day like a terrified, ignorant child. Today’s example: flushing the toilet with your foot, which 64 percent of Americans regularly do. As Atlantic Cities point out, this isn’t too dissimilar from the behavior of chimps, who have a tendency to pick things up and perform minor tasks with their feet.
And I’m sure everyone has their own justifications for this. “Oh, but maybe someone touched that with their gross toilet hand.” Probably, yeah! But you know what is definitely worse than a stranger’s toilet hand? Your shoe, which picks up traces of feces, trash, and all other manner of urban blight every single minute of the day that you spend outside. And you’re leaving that for the next poor soul who acts like an adult human and uses their hand to flush a public toilet you just smeared in street poop germs, thus breaking your side of a delicate social contract, part of which is to not put your feet places where they’re not supposed to be? It’s like a lesser version of people who think they’re too special for vaccines, thus putting everyone else at greater risk of contracting deadly illnesses for which they may or may not be able to afford treatment. Despicable.
And also, something that should be entirely moot, assuming everyone here just washes their hands after the fact. And you do, don’t you? Or at least have one of those stupid looking purse attachments of hand sanitizer, or something? This is what separates us from the chimps, after all.
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