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7:12pm on Wednesday, 26th January, 2011:
Electronic Liquid-Soap Dispensers
What's with these new electronic liquid-soap dispensers they're advertising on TV?
The logic seems to go like this:
- Liquid soap! It's great! It kills germs!
- You use liquid soap when you have dirty, germ-covered hands.
- Did you understand that? Dirty, germ-covered hands!
- You will put your dirty, germ-covered hands on the liquid-soap dispenser to get liquid soap out of it.
- Oh no! This will transfer germs from your dirty, germ-covered hands to the liquid-soap dispenser!
- The next person who wants liquid soap will touch the dirty, germ-covered dispenser!
- That person will pick up your germs from the dispenser! Now they, too, will have dirty, germ-covered hands!
- If people didn't have to touch the dispenser, they wouldn't spread germs when they used it.
- Buy our new electronic liquid-soap dispenser that you don't have to touch to get liquid soap out of.
This works well, up until point 8. Point 8 is true, but it's not the only solution. Here's a better point 8:
- But hey, it's OK if people have germs on their hands because they're about to wash them using our germ-killing liquid soap.
- Panic over.
Maybe I'm missing something here...
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