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The other morning while sipping coffee and mindlessly surfing the internet (basically procrastinating on leaving for work), I stumbled upon this catchy Yahoo headline:

Single men only wash their bed sheets four times a year, study says

My first thought was – Eeew!

My second was – somebody actually took the time to do a study on how often single men wash their sheets?

Really? Are you kidding me?

Who cares?

Apparently, lots of people. The article rated front page headlines on Yahoo – right alongside other random newsworthy topics such as Syria, Obama, a destructive wildfire and a link to a video of furry critters jumping on trampolines…

In fact, that evening the lists of the most read and most shared stories on Yahoo included one on:

Syria? No.

Wildfires? No.

The linen-washing habits of single men? Yes.

Not for the first time, I had to ask myself – just exactly how crazy are we humans?

And, of course, I had to read the article. This is what I gleaned:

  • Respectable sources admit that, despite the “Eeew!” factor, linen-washing frequency is more a matter of personal preference than it is a matter of health
  • Health concerns for allergies, skin conditions and mites in conjunction with infrequent sheet washing are not founded
  • People between the ages of 35 to 50 generally wash their bed sheets each week

I have to say, I found the article rather underwhelming. I did, however, find the article’s final point rather intriguing:

Although infrequent sheet washing may not be a health concern, one source cited in the article does suggest that it could be an “aesthetic one” for those (i.e. all those single men) “hoping to forge meaningful relationships.”

Hmmmm……really? Yes, I know, I asked that already.

But presumably, in the grander scheme of things, bed cleanliness would not be one of the germane factors in the forging of meaningful relationships.

At least, I would hope not.

I’m not suggesting that it’s irrelevant, not at all. But theoretically, by the time one is discovering how often a person washes their bed linens…anyway…you get the point.

How often do single men wash their sheets?

The real question, in my opinion, is – who cares? And more importantly, who cares enough to actually do a study on it?

Only those nutty humans from a planet called Earth.

On the bright side, I’m convinced that human craziness, and the fear that it might be contagious, is the one thing that keeps the aliens from landing.

Hmmm, perhaps someone should write an article about what’s trendy, and what’s not, in dog names…oh, wait, they already did – The Top 10 Least Trendy Dog Names in 2013 – yet another article blended in amongst news of war and devastation.

Yes, I read it.

In case you’re wondering, it seems Scooter tops the list.

Just doing my part to keep the alien invasion of Earth at bay!




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