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Rubber Ducks Are Haven of Potentially Lethal Bacteria, Experts Warn

This will make you throw those cute bath toys away.

If you’re like most people, you probably have these toys in your bathroom right now. Yes, we’re talking about those cute little rubber duckies – which are loved by both kids and adults alike.

Experts, however, are warning us that these seemingly-harmless bath-time staples are actually dangerous. According to Swiss and American researchers, these toys are a haven for bacteria.

Studies have found that rubber ducks are extremely filthy!

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Conducted by the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, ETH Zurich and the University of Illinois, the study tells us that 4 out of 5 rubber ducks contained “potentially pathogenic bacteria”.

Research authors said that when the toys were squeezed, they discovered bacteria such as Legionella and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacterium that is “often implicated in hospital-acquired infections”.

This will make you throw those cute bath toys away.

Published in the Biofilms and Microbiomes journal, the study tells us that researchers found a great volume of bacteria and fungues in the ducks – mainly because of the cheap polymers used in these plastic toys.

This is made worse by bodily fluids (such as urine and sweat) and even soap in bathwater since they add microbes and nutrients that lead to bacteria growth once stored inside the ducks.

According to Lisa Neu, microbiologist and lead study author, they also examined other bath toy animals.

She shared:

“We’ve found very big differences between different bath animals.

“One of the reasons was the material, because it releases carbon that can serve as food for the bacteria.”

Although some bacteria can help boost the immune system of children, they may likewise lead to eye, ear and intestinal infections, specified the researchers. They likewise suggested that bacterial and fungal growth can be prevented if higher quality polymers are used for creating the ducks.

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Awesome World Map Shows Literal Translations of Every Country’s Name

Do you know the meaning of your country’s name?

Created by Australia-based company Credit Card Compare, this cool world map has recently been making rounds on the internet. The said map has sparked the interest of numerous netizens from across the globe as it featured literal translations of country names.

Of course, one thing we’ve immediately realized while looking at it is that certain factors are considered when it comes to naming countries – from geographical locations and wildlife, to popular persons, among many others.

You’ll see what that means as you scroll down below and see how the names turned out.

Columbia and Bolivia’s names seem obvious but did you know what Brazil or Paraguay really means?

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Atheists Are More Generous To Christians Than Christians Are To Atheists, Study Claims

Contrary to negative stereotypes, some atheists are actually good people.

A new study conducted by researchers from Ohio University gives us an interesting insight about the difference between atheists and Christians in terms of behavior. Published in the Hournal of Experimental Social Psychology, the said study claims that atheists are a bit more generous towards Christians compared with the other way around.

Apparently, research participants played a version of the Dictator Game where they were asked to share monetary rewards with their partners – and this was the part where things took an interesting turn.

Atheists showed greater generosity towards Christians than the other way around.

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The Dictator Game, of course, is an economic game designed "to question the standard economic assumption that individuals will act solely out of self-interest," wrote DailyMail. Usually, the game is played by two individuals, although only one of them is given a quantity of money....

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‘Phubbing’ Has Negative Impact To Your Romantic Relationship, Study Says

“Something as common as cellphone use can undermine the bedrock of our happiness – our relationships with our romantic partners.”

It’s something most of us, at some point, may have been guilty of. You know, pulling your phone out to entertain yourself when things get a bit boring – even while you are with other people.

In some instances, you may have even done that in the presence of your significant other. He or she probably wouldn’t mind, right? And you’re just checking for new messages anyway, right?

Well according to experts, “pphubbing” or “partner phone snubbing” is actually a terrible practice and can lead to negative consequences.

Baylor University researchers said “pphubbing” can hurt romantic relationships and lead to depression.

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