25 Bacteria Facts That Might Make You Feel Dirty

There’s a good amount of bacteria facts that show the magnitude of influence bacteria play in our lives. In fact, they’re probably responsible for at least some of the crazy diseases science has not been able to explain yet. Typically a few micrometers in length, bacteria come in all sorts of shapes ranging from sphere, rods, and spirals. Bacteria were also among the first life forms to appear on Earth and can be found pretty much everywhere (literally everywhere). They inhabit soil, water, acidic hot springs, even radioactive waste. Here’s something for you to think about. There are approximately 5×10^30 bacteria on Earth and are vital in recycling nutrients. In fact, did you know that bacteria are critically important to our lives? Actually, you wouldn’t even be alive if it weren’t for bacteria since they are responsible for a host of beneficial attributes such as strengthening our immune system, improving our skin’s function, improving our bowel regularity, even protecting our DNA! However, they can also be the cause of catastrophic effects such as infectious diseases that include cholera, syphilis, anthrax, leprosy, and tuberculosis (which is responsible for killing about 2 million people per year). And get this, there are approximately ten times as many bacterial cells in the human flora as there are human cells in the body (YIKES!). From the strongest bacteria on earth to their alarming quantities these are 25 Bacteria Facts That Might Make You Feel Dirty.

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An average desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet

An average desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toiletSource: lifehack.org, Image: wikipedia
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Actinomycetes are a bacteria that cause the familiar smell of rain

Actinomycetes are a bacteria that cause the familiar smell of rainSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Mobile phones actually have 18 times more bacteria than toilet seat handles

Mobile phones actually have 18 times more bacteria than toilet seat handlesSource: dailymail.co.uk, Image: wikipedia
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Scientists discovered over 1,458 species of bacteria in the human belly button

Scientists discovered over 1,458 species of bacteria in human belly buttonsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Sweat is odorless. It is the bacteria that mingle with your sweat that make your armpits smell bad

Sweat is odorless. It is the bacteria that mingle with your sweat that make your armpits smell badSource: health.howstuffworks.com, Image: wikipedia
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A clean mouth can have anywhere between 1,000 and 100,000 bacteria on every single tooth

A clean mouth can have anywhere between 1,000 and 100,000 bacteria on every single toothSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Contrary to what your mother told you, chocolate has an anti-bacterial effect on your mouth and actually helps to prevent tooth decay

Contrary to what your mother told you, chocolate has an anti-bacterial effect on your mouth and actually helps to prevent tooth decaySource: news.bbc.co.uk, Image: wikipedia
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Tap water has a shelf life of 6 months because after that the chlorine begins to dissipate and bacteria grows

Tap water has a shelf life of 6 months because after that the chlorine begins to dissipate and bacteria growsSource: time.com, Image: wikipedia
17

A certain type of bacteria inhabits hairsprays

A certain type of bacteria inhabits hairspraysSource: scientificamerican.com, Image: wikipedia
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Dollar bills have on average about 3,000 different types of bacteria

Dollar bills have on average about 3,000 different types of bacteriaSource: neatorama.com, Image: wikipedia
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When two people kiss they exchange anywhere between 10 million and 1 billion bacteria

When two people kiss they exchange anywhere between 10 million and 1 billion bacteriaSource: randomhistory.com, Image: wikipedia
14

In 2007 scientists revived 8 million year old bacteria from the Antarctic ice

In 2007 scientists revived 8 million year old bacteria from the Antarctic iceSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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1/5 of coffee mugs in your office have fecal matter on them

1/5 of coffee mugs in your office have fecal matter on themSource: wtop.com, Image: wikipedia
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Every 20 minutes new bacteria grow on the kitchen sponge

Every 20 minutes new bacteria grow on the kitchen spongeSource: huffingtonpost.com, Image: wikipedia
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Computer keyboards can have up to 200 times more bacteria than toilet seats

Computer keyboards can have up to 200 times more thanSource: bbc.com, Image: wikipedia
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The strongest bacteria on Earth are gonorrhea. They can pull nearly 10,000 times their weight.

The strongest bacteria on Earth are gonorrhea. They can pull nearly 10,000 times their weight.Source: newscientist.com, Image: wikipedia
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Since kangaroos rarely release methane, scientists are trying to harvest the bacteria in their colons so that they can transfer this ability to livestock (in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions)

Since kangaroos rarely release methane, scientists are trying to harvest the bacteria in their colons so that they can transfer this ability to livestock (in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions)Source: bbc.co.uk, Image: wikipedia
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Honey naturally contains Botulism bacteria. Babies can't process it and is the reason you shouldn't give them honey.

Honey naturally contains Botulism bacteria. Because babies can't process it, this is the reason you shouldn't give them honey.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Offices that have more male workers have more bacteria on average

Offices that have more male workers have more bacteria on averageSource: dailymail.co.uk, Image: wikipedia
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There is a species of bacteria that is so resistant to radiation that scientists have called it "Conan the Bacterium"

There is a species of bacteria that is so resistant to radiation that scientists have called it "Conan the Bacterium"Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Beans increase flatulence because they carry a type of sugar called oligosaccharides which release gas as bacteria attempt to break them down

Beans increase flatulence because they carry a type of sugar called oligosaccharides which release gas as bacteria attempt to break them downSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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In 2013, scientists in New Zealand found a bacteria that is resistant to every form of antibiotics known to man

In 2013, scientists in New Zealand found a bacteria that is resistant to every form of antibiotics known to manSource: wired.com, Image: wikipedia
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Babies are born bacteria free, as in there is no bacteria in their body at all

Babies are born bacteria free, as in there is no bacteria in their bodySource: 1,339 QI Facts to Make Your Jaw Drop, Image: wikipedia
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The New York Subway has been found to have 15,152 different forms of life, from bacteria all the way to insects

The New York Subway has been found to have 15,152 different forms of life,, from bacteria all the way to insectsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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The hull of the Titanic will be completely consumed by bacteria within the next 20 years

The hull of the Titanic will be completely consumed by bacteria within the next 20 monthsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia


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