Friday, October 24, 2008

Toilet germs

There's a big message on Parozone bleach bottles which says "Kills Toilet Germs 100%".

First question: what exactly is a 'toilet' germ? How does a germ know that it is only supposed to occupy one room in a house?

Second question: do rival bleaches kill the germs with less than 100% efficiency? The germs are dead, but not 100% dead. A bit like in that movie The Hitcher when Rutger Hauer has to be killed about three times at the end before he's confirmed as toast.

I think (Jeyes may care to take note here) that the writer actually means "Kills 100% of all toilet germs". This means something rather different from the current formulation, but we don't want to open up a philosophy class here on Washed and Ready.

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous4:42 AM

    This sounds to me like the sort of drivel you get on badly translated packaging ... do I sense a localisation slip-up here?

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  2. You may well be right there, Alex. Although you may feel it's not the best use of your time and talent to be rewriting starbursts on toilet cleaner packaging!

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