AsapSCIENCE has released this handy little video for us. It explains (with hand-drawn pictures!) that the average kitchen cutting board contains 200 times more fecal matter than a public toilet seat. FASCINATING!

It’s actually all the rest of the stuff in the bathroom that you should be afraid of. But not that afraid! AsapSCIENCE explains how none of these war-zone germs can really get inside you. Unless you’re a walking, talking, human-open sore. In that case you should live in a biohazard suit. Not even constructing a Berlin Wall of bathroom tissue between your ass and the toilet seat will protect you.

I have always been a huge proponent of bare-backing toilet seats. I know there are some travelers who will combat me on this, and we’ve all experienced our fair share of public restroom horror stories. But I, for one, can probably count on just two hands the times I’ve chosen to hover and not sit. I can also recount for you in detail the setting, as well as the related emotions and sensations I felt while the hovering was occurring. (Is there a forum somewhere, where we can cope with these experiences?)

So, go forth and sit! I have no skin-eating diseases to report thus far.