There’s Probably Poop On Your Cellphone

Yep, one in six phones have fecal matter on them. Luckily, two inventors have a solution.

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Bad news first: there’s a one-in-six chance that your cellphone has fecal matter on it.

The good news? Two inventors said they’ve created a cellphone charger that will take care of the mess for you.

At the International CES 2014 in Las Vegas, Dan Barnes and Wesley LaPorte announced they’ve developed a charger called PhoneSoap, which uses electromagnetic radiation used in hospitals to kill 99.9 percent of bacteria and viruses off your device, United Press International reports. They were moved to take decisive action by a 2011 University of London study that found 16% of phones were contaminated with the fecal bacteria E. coli.

The electromagnetic UV-C light kills bacteria and viruses in 3 to 5 minutes and can be used both on smartphones and cellphones smaller than 6-inches by 4 inches.

[UPI]

4 comments
detalistka
detalistka

I think that the problem is that it doesn't have to be your poop... We transfer E. coli from public places.

thetalkingmule
thetalkingmule

Even more bad news....there's literally POUNDS of poop INSIDE you!  Things like this are why you have an immune system.  Stifle yours if you like, but you'll be sorry when the apocalypse comes and you're the first one to die of swine flu.

JoshuaPack
JoshuaPack

LOL, this article is seriously hilarious. I can believe it though, you know how many people use it while pooping?

JerryGreenberg
JerryGreenberg

@thetalkingmule I would think it's the poop that's on the outside that is dangerous for us...

It is amazing when we learn the amount of bacteria, viruses, and fungus we are exposed to in our everyday activities. Many people are generally not very hygienic and spread bacteria and viruses everywhere. Technically, eating in a public restaurant can be dangerous if the staff are not keeping to hygienic standards.  

A strong enough UV light source in the UV-C band range will kill most of these organisms from direct exposure for the proper period of time in relation to the exposure intensity.  

Computer keyboards, computer mice, door handles and knobs, shopping carts, money, and most everything where people can put their hands can be dangerous for our health.