1-in-6 butts, er, cellphones in UK contaminated with poop

Gotcha! science strikes again. Bacteria can be found. And people lie.

One in six mobile phones in Britain is contaminated with fecal matter, according to new research released ahead of Global Handwashing Day.

Experts say the most likely reason for the potentially harmful bacteria festering on so many gadgets is people failing to wash their hands properly with soap after going to the toilet.

The findings of the UK-wide study by scientists from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Queen Mary, University of London also reveal a tendency among Britons to lie about their hygiene habits.

Although 95% of people said they washed their hands with soap where possible, 92% of phones and 82% of hands had bacteria on them. Worryingly, 16% of hands and 16% of phones were found to harbor E. coli.

Calif. man convicted of attacking moviegoer with digital thermometer

In light of breaking news from the L.A. Times, the barfblog.com editors have decided to alter the thermometer use message to ‘Stick it In – Food, not People.’

A Lancaster man was convicted of attempted murder Thursday and faces up to life in prison for attacking a moviegoer with a digital thermometer.

A jury convicted Landry Boullard, 40, of premeditated attempted murder in the February assault, which attracted widespread attention because of the motive and the weapon. The victim had asked Boullard’s female companion to stop talking on a cellphone during the movie.

The digital thermometer punctured the neck of the victim, a 27-year-old man who was accompanied by his fiancee. The victim also sustained blows to the head, causing bleeding in the brain that resulted in a coma. He nearly died and remained hospitalized for five weeks. He continues to suffer from blurred vision in his right eye and other medical problems.