UV Disinfectant Wand Kills Creepy Crawlies, Lets You Spot Bodily Fluids

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The UV Disinfectant Wand looks kinda like a Moto KRZR, but its clamshell shape can be put to an entirely different use. It emits ultraviolet radiation, and it's said to kill 99.9% of the bacteria and viruses in its path. Just 10 seconds worth of this death ray, and bacteria and viral DNA will supposedly be sent packing. Either that or it will give them one hell of a sunburn.

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But what about those bodily fluids?


This wand is perfect for those germ-fearing mysophobes who may not realize that in sheer numbers, there are more bacteria and viruses in their bodies than there are human cells.

Anyway, take one of these $70 UV germ killing lights into your next hotel room, and shine it on that bedspread. You did know that substances such as semen, saliva, perspiration and vaginal fluids are naturally fluorescent, didn't you? Not only will this UV disinfectant wand supposedly kill germs, it will let you see all kinds of things you wish you hadn't. Sounds like it could create more problems than it solves.

UV Disinfectant Wand [ThinkGeek, via GearFuse]

DISCUSSION

Any UV that's strong enough to kill germs that quickly is going to be strong enough to give you nasty sunburns and blind you if you happen to look at it.

This is just as dumb as those UV toothbrush sterilizers (hello, killing germs is what the sodium lauryl sulfate in toothpaste is for). The only consumer application of sterilizing UV radiation I've seen that looks like it might actually be useful is the Steripen for camping or travelling.

Non-biologists can be so paranoid when they hear the word bacteria. Everything you touch does not nneed to be germ-free unless you have AIDS or a child with SCID. Look at it this way, if you've had all these germs around you this time without anything nasty happening, it means your immune system's on top of it. In fact some of them are good for you, which is why you get the runs when you take antibiotics.