18 Unbelievably Gross Facts That You'll Wish You Never Read

    91% of people pick their nose. You're one of them. Don't lie.

    1. Only 5% of people wash their hands correctly...

    2. ...and only two out of three use soap.

    3. When people blow out candles on a birthday cake, there is a 1400% increase in bacteria on the frosting as a result.

    4. Picking your nose is an almost universal practice.

    5. Demodex, the mites that live on your face, have no anus. They release a lifetime of poop on your face when they die.

    6. Studies show that most US bills have hundreds of species of microorganisms on them, and around 80% of bills have traces of cocaine.

    7. A sick person's cough can contain up to 200,000,000 individual virus particles.

    8. Seventy-two percent of shopping carts contain fecal bacteria.

    9. Only 1/3 of restaurant workers wash their hands when they're supposed to.

    10. In a study, FitRated found that 70% of the germs you come in contact with at the gym are potentially harmful to humans.

    11. To put that into perspective, a toilet seat has about 3,200 CFUs (colony-forming units) of bacteria. The treadmill at the gym has over 1.3 million CFUs.

    12. You could fill a bottle of wine every day with the amount of saliva you produce.

    13. And you have more of a risk of getting sick from kissing another human than kissing a dog.

    14. A study of popular cosmetic retailers found Staphylococcus on 40% of makeup testers and mold on 28% of makeup testers.

    15. House flies and blowflies carry over 600 types of bacteria, some of which are linked to human infections like stomach bugs, pneumonia, and blood poisoning.

    16. And you could be eating up to half a million insect fragments per year.

    17. If you're reading this on your phone, you should know that the cell phone you're holding carries 10 times more bacteria than a toilet seat.

    18. And if you're reading this on your computer, you should know that the average desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat.