One more reason to get off the gas addiction ;-)

One more reason to get off the gas addiction ;-)

Mycroft | 31 October 2011

Sorry, I don't buy it. Shopping cart handles have to be a lot more germy.

That's ok, that which doesn't kill us will make us stronger. :-D

Volker.Berlin | 31 October 2011

I don't buy it, either. All those germs on the gas nozzle would die from cancer after a few days, wouldn't they? Or isn't benzene so bad after all? ;-)

Vawlkus | 31 October 2011

Hello Howard Hughs :P

Robert.Boston | 31 October 2011

My grandmother always wore gloves in public. (A different era...) Maybe she had more sense than we do! Time to get a box of latex gloves for the glove compartment?

Brant | 31 October 2011

This is funny.
Look, any object that is continusly touched by the public is going to have alot of pathogens on culture. This includes doorknobs, shoping carts, gas nozzles, etc.. This is a hazard during flu/cold season as these viruses get transmitted this way (after touching the contaminated object and then rubbing your eye/picking your nose/biting your nails/eating hand held food). Bacteria are usually only a hazard to the very young (newborns) and the very old (RB's grandmother) or those with compromised immune systems. The rest of us are well protected from casual contact with these bugs. Hand washing is the best defense. And keep your hands away from your face.
BTW, cancer is a disease on multicelluar organisims. Bacteria (single cell) and viruses (acellular) dont get cancer. However direct contact with gasoline will probably kill them.

Volker.Berlin | 31 October 2011

Brant, to be explicit: I was just kidding. The entire thread has only anecdotal value. But thanks for clearing this up. If anybody else takes these news seriously and reads this thread, at least he will now be properly educated. :-)

Brant | 31 October 2011

Most posts on this site are debating the finer point of engieering for which I have little to add.
Sorry If I got carried away.
It was fun though!

Volker.Berlin | 31 October 2011

No harm done. Thanks for not being offended -- and your post is interesting in any case.

brianman | 31 October 2011

Agree. Please get carried away more often, Brant. :)

cablechewer | 31 October 2011

I have worn gloves to fill up for years. For some reason diesel seems to be much harder to wash off than gas. The germs are a small thing compared to having my hands smell like diesel hours after filling up.

I have actually watched almost half my co-workers fail to wash their hands when leaving the washroom. I tried telling one of them I didn't want to hold theirs when I use the door handle to leave the washroom. They gave me the finger so now I use my paper towel to open the door just before I throw it out. Hmmm, probably far too much detail :)

BruceR | 31 October 2011

Yep, too much information.....

Brian H | 2 November 2011

cable, you should welcome the chance(s) to eddicate your immune system to the widest variety of possible pathogens. Ever hear of "the hygiene hypothesis"? Excessive cleanliness kills!

David70 | 2 November 2011

Yep. I'm from an era when kids ate dirt out of the yard. I'm sure it contributed to my immune system.

Brian H | 3 November 2011

The hygiene hypothesis research suggests babies and toddlers should eat about a teaspoon of yard dirt/day. :)

BYT | 3 November 2011

@Brian H, or perhaps lick a gad pump handle... good god I shutter at the image that just hit my cranium!

VolkerP | 9 November 2011

Charge plugs on public EVSEs will be the next germ infested thing in public use. That's why here in Europe, the EVSE are designed with a socket and the driver brings the cable :-)

The receptacle for the plug in the EVSS could brezel the plug with UV.

EdG | 9 November 2011

What are the odds that the touched parts will be made of brass? (emphasis mine, below)

"Sleek and shining stainless steel doorknobs and push plates look reassuringly clean on a hospital door. By contrast, doorknobs and push plates of tarnished brass look dirty and contaminating. But even when tarnished, brass ­ an alloy typically of 67% copper and 33% zinc ­ is bactericidal, while stainless steel ­ about 88% iron and 12% chromium ­ does little to impede bacterial growth."