Sept. 28, 2021

Florence Nightingale, the Wiggles, and an Apple walk into a bar…

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It might sound unbelievable after all we've suffered in the last couple of years, but many people seem to ignore the importance of washing their hands. After seeing people walking out the door instead of to the sink after using the toilet, I've decided it was time to do a little public service with today's show. 

This episode is dedicated to the good old (and lifesaver) habit of washing our hands. We travel back a couple of centuries to know Ignaz Semmelweis, a Hungarian doctor who suspected that doctors scrubbing in between the autopsy room and the birthing room might be the reason why many women developed fever or died after giving birth. We also explore different hand washing techniques, apps, and a curious yet entertaining incident at the Boston Garden ticket line. 

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • A woman walks into a bar... and leaves the bathroom without washing her hands (2:38)
  • One of my mother's pet peeves that inspired a song (3:26)
  • About Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis observations (5:05)
  • How long it took to the importance of washing our hands to catch on (8:03)
  • A tiny spectacle before The Wiggles' show at the Boston Garden (9:33)

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