How Gross are Humans?


Tierian Lawhon, Staff Writer

America is known for many things: our movies, fashion, music, government, and overall culture. Although to some people, we may just be burger-eating, gross Neanderthals. But are we really?

Well, as it turns out, yes, we are. In fact, all humans are. Humans shed about 8 pounds of skin in total every year, 75 hairs a day, and have little mites, called Demodex folliculitis, in your eyelashes. These mites eat the sweat, bacteria, and dead skin off of your eyelashes. Every time you take a shower, you might get rid of some, but they’ll always come back. Don’t worry, they aren’t very harmful. Humans also have lots of parasites in them, that can actually be pretty harmful. You’ve probably heard of them, they’re called worms. There’s ringworm, tapeworm, threadworm, hookworm, and roundworm. These are pretty serious, and can even be fatal. Other parasites are more like snakes in you stomach, but those aren’t harmful either.

Finally, possibly the most scary thing is that our phones may carry more bacteria than a toilet. Research has varied on just how many germs are crawling on the average cell phone, but a recent study from scientists in Arizona found more than 17,000 bacterial gene copies on the phones of high school students. Scientists at the University of Arizona have found that cell phones carry 10 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat.

So, as it turns out, we’re all a little gross and sometimes there’s not much we can do about it.