We think Nissan has found its new spokesman for the all-electric Leaf. A microbiologist at the University of Arizona known as "Dr. Germ" says he's identified gas pumps as the biggest biohazard in modern society.

According to The Los Angeles Times, the doctor's research results show 71 percent of gas pump handles are "'highly contaminated' with the kinds of germs most associated with a high risk of illness." Other highly-contaminated items we encounter on an everyday basis include public mailboxes, ATM machines and escalators.

Now, before you run off and buy an electric car to avoid germ-covered gas pumps, know this: The study also found 40 percent of parking meters to be similarly infested. Maybe you should just keep a can of disinfectant wipes in the car. It'd be cheaper, at least.


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      anonymous guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think Lindsay Lohan's gynecologist would like to argue that the gas pump is not the dirtiest.
      billnritahouse
      • 3 Years Ago
      I always use hand sanitizer after pumping gas. Just about anything you touch has a million germs on it, that's why hand washing is so important to prevent spreading germs.
        mclkarim
        • 3 Years Ago
        @billnritahouse
        Yes, and don't forget to wash your hands after going to the grocery store. Those grocery cart handles are filthy! Some markets here are now placing dispensers outside of the market so you can wipe your hands and the grocery cart handles before you do your shopping! Also, don't forget to wash your hands whenever you touch a door knob or handle. Even going to the bank without washing your hands after can make you sick.
      ToniCipriani
      • 3 Years Ago
      In other news... the sky is still blue.
      Ted
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pump some gas onto your hands when you're done filling your tank. Problem solved.
      One
      • 3 Years Ago
      "The survey from Kimberly-Clark Professional, a subsidiary of the tissue maker that focuses on workplace wellness..." Yes, no possible conflict of interest there. It also doesn't say what types of bacteria/viruses they found. In any case, regular hand-washing doesn't hurt.
      Engineer4Life
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good thing I make it a point to eat the gas pump every time
      • 3 Years Ago
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        mclkarim
        • 3 Years Ago
        Good job! How about touching the handles on the door handles of the restrooms? I always use a paper towel or my shirt to open the door. There is no way I would ever touch those with my bare hands.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 3 Years Ago
      And yet we somehow live on...
      pippo
      • 3 Years Ago
      You do realize you wrote Automated Teller Machines machines?
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Zondaracer
      • 3 Years Ago
      In Spain, all the gas stations provide plastic disposable gloves at the pumps.
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