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Music and Clean Hands
posted: May 5, 2009
From what I've been hearing, it seems as though we've dodged a bullet regarding the H1N1 virus or swine flu. For a while there were were bombarded with sidebars about various aspects of the outbreak. One that I found particularly interesting was about the length of time required for a proper handwashing. I heard countless radio and TV pieces about how kids should hum Twinkle Twinkle Little Star or Happy Birthday while lathering up and even heard about someone who hummed Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. Clearly the interface between music and handwashing has yet to be fully explored. It also got me to thinking about what other personal hygiene routines I was short changing because I was not setting them to music. Here are some sketchbook thoughts.

It's a fact: The length of most Ramones songs make them ideal for accompanying handwashing....
9 comments
Walter Vasconcelos May 5, 2009
A nervous and funny line, Washroom Karaoke is my vote.
James Steinberg May 5, 2009
This is a knee-slapper,Hal. Someone should publish this before it loses it's topicality. Also the doorknob drawing is particularly striking just as 'ART'.
Mark Fisher May 5, 2009
The doorknob is a killer!
John Dykes May 5, 2009
Master of the microbe, you are.... love that railing! Reminds me of when my kids were 3 footers.
Christoph Hitz May 6, 2009
Very funny.
Drew Friedman May 6, 2009
Ditto. FUNNY!!
laura t. May 7, 2009
ha!! love them all. i sing a mangled version of that frere jacques song twice in my head, and i think i'm mad every time i do it- glad i'm not the only one. i'll have to look into some jazzier tunes though.
Nancy Abbott-Hourigan September 2, 2009
Hal - these are - as always - rip snorters! And I agree with James Steinberg that someone should publish while topical! Perhaps the Department of Health should get a shot! GREAT for the "public" restrooms. You really are genius!
Nancy Abbott-Hourigan September 2, 2009
HA, just realized the pun above... "perhaps the Department of Health should get a SHOT". Me funny this morning. You funny all the time. :)
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