Mental Floss

Public health announcement


Talk about a buzzkill -- my boss just waltzed into the office wearing a fabulous new top from a local vintage store, and instead of oohing-and-ahhing as was clearly expected, my co-worker said, "oh, you got that at the Garment District? I bought a shirt there once and it gave me ringworm."

This prompted a lively discussion in which I learned the following not-very-fun facts: (1) you really can get ringworm from sharing clothes, (2) ringworm is not a worm, but a skin-infecting fungus, (3) "jock itch" and athlete's foot are types of ringworm, (4) actual photos of ringworm are far too disgusting to show on this blog, and (5) cleanliness is next to godliness.