8 Gross Facts About Public Toilets, And How To Combat Them

Public toilets aren’t exactly known for their cleanliness. Here are some gross facts — and to keep you from having a panic attack upon the thought of entering one — some helpful information to put it all into perspective.

Flushing the toilet before “going” can cut down on airborne bacteria.

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The Men Who Intentionally Poisoned Themselves In The Name Of Health

Before federal food safety regulations really existed in the U.S., one man made it his duty to prove that food additives were harmful to human health — and he did so in a rather unconventional way.

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At the turn of the 20th century, Harvey Wiley, Chief Chemist of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, started inviting people into the basement of his office building for extraordinarily well-prepared meals. The meals were free and prepared by a top chef, often with locally-sourced ingredients. The catch? All the dishes were laced with poison.

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