Is Paris Hilton a health risk?

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Is Paris Hilton a health risk?
« on: 27/05/2008 21:00:26 »
Steven Broyles  asked the Naked Scientists:

Hello Chris,
After hearing about the possibility that naked farts may spread diseases much like coughing and sneezing, we were wondering if Brittney Spears and Paris Hilton could be considered public health risks since they don't wear anything to filter their exhaust?
Sue and Steve
Cortland, NY, USA

What do you think?


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« Reply #1 on: 27/05/2008 23:27:43 »
Dr Karl explored the topic of clothing filtering flatus ...
“It all started with an enquiry from a nurse,” Dr Karl Kruszelnicki
told listeners to his science phone­in show on the Triple J radio
station in Brisbane. “She wanted to know whether she was
contaminating the operating theatre she worked in by quietly
farting in the sterile environment during operations, and I
realised that I didn't know. But I was determined to find out.”
Dr Kruszelnicki then described the method by which he had
established whether human flatus was germ­laden, or merely
malodorous. “I contacted Luke Tennent, a microbiologist in
Canberra, and together we devised an experiment. He asked a
colleague to break wind directly onto two Petri dishes from a
distance of 5 centimetres, first fully clothed, then with his trousers
down. Then he observed what happened. Overnight, the second
Petri dish sprouted visible lumps of two types of bacteria that are
usually found only in the gut and on the skin. But the flatus which
had passed through clothing caused no bacteria to sprout, which
suggests that clothing acts as a filter.
“Our deduction is that the enteric zone in the second Petri dish
was caused by the flatus itself, and the splatter ring around that
was caused by the sheer velocity of the fart, which blew skin
bacteria from the cheeks and blasted it onto the dish. It seems,
therefore, that flatus can cause infection if the emitter is naked,
but not if he or she is clothed. But the results of the experiment
should not be considered alarming, because neither type of
bacterium is harmful. In fact, they're similar to the `friendly'
bacteria found in yoghurt.
“Our final conclusion? Don't fart naked near food. All right, it's
not rocket science. But then again, maybe it is?”

So Dr Karl's colleague is a half-naked scientist  [:)].
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