The cat’s out of the bag, history

Western culture has long had a habit of downplaying the achievements of other civilizations, with only recent times reversing the trend.

Arabs were advanced beyond their European peers, with the Europeans only catching up when trade opened up between them. Asians, particularly the Chinese, had an incredible culture and sophisticated devices. Both were neglected in the history books.

Now researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have discovered another advanced culture that was buried by the Europeans: cats.

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The War on Germs

Ever since the germ theory of illness was confirmed, man has been trying to eradicate the pesky buggers. One of the ways us common folk have tried to fight germs is through the use of antibacterial soap.

Science for years has tried to take this weapon out of the plebe’s hands by saying it creates superbacteria that are resistant to the antibacterial properties. They also say it kills the good germs that live on our skin, making room for bad germs, and that it is no more effective than regular soap and water. They even have the audacity to claim that it doesn’t prevent people from getting sick, since most illnesses are caused by viruses (virii?), which antibacterial soaps don’t affect.

That hasn’t been working. About half all liquid and bar soaps sold in the United States have some sort of germicidal agent. The most common chemical dedicated to killing germs in soaps is triclosan, and Big Science has latched onto that in their latest attack on those outside their ivory tower. Continue reading