Douglas Adams right again: Lack of phone sanitizers will doom planet

As you doubtlessly remember, somewhere in the Hitchhiker’s Guide series Mr. Adams told the story of the The Golgafrinchans, a race of people who sent their Telephone Sanitizer population away. The Sanitizers were sent along with another third of the planet’s population who were also deemed useless to form a colony on a remote planet (Earth as it happens). Of course, the remaining Golgafrinchan population was then wiped out by a virulent disease contracted via unsanitary telephones.

Researchers have now confirmed Mr. A’s prophecy, finding that the phone is indeed a key spreader of germs. According to Charles Gerba, a microbiologist and clean water expert at the University of Arizona, it’s telephones and computer keyboards that are among the most germ laden spots in any home, not the usual suspects.

"Doorknobs are usually on the low side," said Gerba, who has conducted dozens of surveys of bacteria and viruses in workplaces and homes. "I guess they are not moist. Never fear a doorknob."

Words to live by: Never fear a doorknob.

The best way to combat this is by carrying your own phone and keyboard with you at all times. And wash your hands compulsively. Howard Hughes did and lived to a ripe old age. It’s physical hygiene, not mental hygiene that counts folks.

“But wait,” you say. “Won’t I look like a dork if I’m continually washing my hands or using one of those instant hand washing lotions that come in such clearly un-cool bottles?” Never fear! (Especially not doorknobs!) Corporate America is there for you.

bottleGojo has created the “PURELL® FST™ MILITARY BOTTLE A FISTFUL OF PROTECTION IN THE WAR ON GERMS.” And what could be cooler than that?

"The 3 fl oz. PURELL® FST Military Bottle is the ideal solution for military personnel to use, wherever their mission takes them. In as little as 15 seconds, PURELL® Instant Hand Sanitizer kills 99.99% of most common germs that may cause illness."

In other words, it’s Purell® in an olive drab plastic bottle. My homeland is feeling more secure already.

“But wait again,” you say. “Surely such an important breakthrough in personal hygiene is restricted to the use of the men and women in our Armed Services?!?!” No, now YOU TOO can enjoy this product in the privacy of your own home.

The Betty Mills Company, one of America's leading suppliers of janitorial and office products (like you didn’t know) now has for sale

“the PURELL® FST™ Military Bottle, a novel product package that has never been available to the American public before. … For a limited time only, The Betty Mills Co. offers two free bottles of PURELL® Instant Hand Sanitizer FST™ Military Bottle with ANY website order of $149 or more. The PURELL® Instant Hand Sanitizer FST™ Military Bottle is also available for purchase by the case of 12 units.”

“But wait yet again,” you say (don’t you ever shut up?). “What if our foes in the War On Terror®™ were to get this? Are there any safeguards in place to make sure that they don’t get access to the instant hand sanitizer that is helping our military stay healthy and mission ready?”

Sadly, no security measures whatsoever are in place. We’re all gonna die.

3 thoughts on “Douglas Adams right again: Lack of phone sanitizers will doom planet

  1. Using that “PURELL® FST™ Military Bottle” would be stupid, since you’d only end up with resistant bacterias.

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