• Mon, Oct 18 2010

Wash Your Hands So You Don’t Get Hand Herpes

True story. Jennifer knew a guy in college who never washed his hands and then got herpes all over his dirty fingers. He was so gross that he went to the doctor asking for his fingers to be amputated because he still didn’t want to wash his hands. People with bad hygiene are gross.

Ashley (the cool new girl!) knew someone who got ocular herpes from cuddling with his sugar glider. Sometimes the people TheGloss editors know creep me out. I don’t know how they have these stories. But nevertheless, they’re true. People do have bad hygiene. That’s why you don’t eat the bar nuts (thanks, Ben Stiller).

Apparently, the students at Columbia University needed some cleanliness reminders as well. The Columbia Business School sent out an e-mail suggesting how its first year students should keep clean when recruiters (presumably for jobs) are around. Some of the highlights from the e-mail include:

“Brush your teeth regularly, or have a mint/mouth refreshers before going to recruiting events (avoid chewing gum).

Carry anti-perspirant with you if you are worried about sweating. Don’t wear too much cologne/perfume.

Professional haircuts.”

I was in a sorority. I know all about rules in regards to beauty and hygiene. During sorority rush one year, one of my friends was told she needed to go home and wash her hair because she’s not allowed to have it pulled back in a ponytail with a headband. But not washing your hair is good hygiene, I thought. All those chemicals and stuff dry out your hair and kill it. So really, my friend was in the right because she was just letting the natural oils in her hair help it stay healthy for one more day before she washes it again. Stupid sorority rules. But Columbia, you could’ve done a little better than “professional haircut.” Having your BFF cut your hair doesn’t exactly mean you don’t know how to wash your hands or clean out your earwax. The brushing your teeth suggestion was alright. Although a little obvious, but you just never know. But the deoderant suggestion? Right on, Columbia! No one wants to be a professional who smells like the county fair or wears perfume that smells like the county fair. Columbia probably could have added a few more cleanliness tips, but for business professional advice, I think they did okay. I just hope the students followed suit. And hopefully they don’t shake hands with someone with hand herpes.

Do you know anyone with really bad hygiene? What’s your un-hygienic pet peeve?

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  • Leah

    I was really worried that the “sugar glider” link was NSFW, turns out it was totally innocent! (obviously I clicked it anyway)

    • Lilit Marcus

      That is TOTALLY what I thought, too. I mean, what the hell is a super glider?

    • Jessica Pauline Ogilvie

      You guys are pervs :) Kidding. Although I thought it was some kind of delicious dessert, so I’m not sure what that says about me…

  • K

    I figured “professional haircut” meant “not a mow-hawk or other similar style”.

  • Hannah Rose Siegel

    That is all really gross. Jennifer, did he actually get his fingers amputated?!

    My hygiene pet peeve is when people lick their fingers while/after eating. **Shudder** It’s worse than nails on a chalkboard to me.

  • Chelsea

    I’m a junior at my university in the NW and there are some people who don’t wear shoes on campus. They just walk around barefoot. In the cold rain. EW.

  • nolalola27

    Probably TMI, but ‘evs, this is the internet:

    The women’s bathroom at my (small) office has a paper towel dispenser. The other ladies usually go # 2 (I know this because it’s a small office and the febreeze is way obv) before I do (everyone’s got a routine right?). By the time I go in the bathroom, there are no paper towels in the trash. It happens EVERY DAY. Since I never see anyone coming out wiping hands on pants, I know that they don’t wash their hands. I HATE IT. It’s disgusting.

  • Paige

    Eating in the bathroom……GROSS!