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3D Glasses Are Disgusting; Please Bring Your Own

If you're like us, you probably have a few pairs of 3D glasses stashed away at home, but for the most part you just throw them back in the box like everyone else. Recycling is good, right? They'll clean them off, repackage them and hand them to the next crowd of movie-goers about to find out how overrated Avatar is. Unfortunately, it seems as though there isn't nearly enough cleaning going on.

The fine folks at Good Housekeeping heard that most cinemas clean the glasses after each movie but decided to investigate anyway. They tested glasses at seven theaters in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area and found that not one of them was sterile. Now, we use a lot of things that aren't clean, nevermind sterile: pens at the post office, seats on public transport, ticket machines in car parks. However, if you thought those glasses being cleaned and repacked into plastic meant they were germ-free, you're so, so wrong.

The magazine tested both wrapped and unwrapped glasses and found a number of germs, including those causing conjunctivitis, skin infections, food poisoning, sepsis and pneumonia. They even found Staphylococcus aureus, the most common cause of staph infections.

"We expected to find general bacteria -- nothing is sterile, but staph is not something to take lightly," Carolyn Forte, director of home appliances and cleaning products at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute told ABC News. "We're not saying that these glasses will make you sick, but kids touch the glasses, touch their eyes and mouths -- the potential is there," she added.

Yikes!

  • maigo
    While you're at it, you make them into clip-ons for your real glasses
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  • Germs are good for you. Your immune system needs practice. Suck it up.
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  • phoenix777
    I'm not a clean freak, so I don't really care. It's not like people will go licking those glasses anyway...
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  • TunaSoda
    I buy mine here: http://www.3dstereo.com/
    Real plastic framed comfortable glasses of all types
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  • azconnie
    By denying your body acess to standard germs, you kill your immune system. As such, and otherwise innocuouse diesease will make ou wery sick. As a child, I swam in the swamp, with the gators, at night. I havn't been sick, or afraid of the dark in over a decade.
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  • JMcEntegart
    phoenix777I'm not a clean freak, so I don't really care. It's not like people will go licking those glasses anyway...
    You're not licking them but they're on your face, right by your eyes, nose and mouth.
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  • anamaniac
    phoenix777I'm not a clean freak, so I don't really care. It's not like people will go licking those glasses anyway...Oh really now?
    Granted, they taste horrible.
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  • tipoo
    *Shrugs*

    Do you guys never touch doorknobs? Armrests? Germs are everywhere, no big deal.
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  • TunaSoda
    EVERY time I have been to the theater to see a 3D movie I got handed plastic wrapped glasses and took them when I left
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  • ravewulf
    *cringe*

    I am sooo bringing a travel size Lysol with me next time
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