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Are you one of those people who likes to keep an armful of festival wristbands, years after the event? We all know someone who has about 12 wrapped around their arm and seem scared to part with them: 'How will people know I went to Leeds in 2014 if I don't physically wear this band every day?'
If you are one of these people then now is a good time to get get out the scissors, because a scientist has shown just how disgusting these wristbands actually are.
I mean, we don't really need to a scientist to tell us, because they just looking fucking manky when you see them, but just in case you were looking for confirmation, a couple of hosts from Australian radio show Triple J met with a microbiologist, called Dr Nick (brilliant name, by the way).
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Dr Nick incubated three bands, from 2009, 2010 and 2016, for two days and found that there was a shit load of bacteria all over them. The one from 2010 had 600 million bacteria on it, the 2016 one was still covered in 80,000.
Obviously it doesn't necessarily mean it's dangerous bacteria, but really do you need to wear them? In fact, one of them appears to be making an antibiotic, which is pretty cool. But overall, the message is stop wearing them.
Dr Nick suggests cutting it off and sticking in in a 'little scrapbook or something'. Do it now, lads, for your health. And so you stop looking like a twat.
Words Claire Reid
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