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Exhibit guaranteed to 'gross you out' to debut in Allentown

By Jaccii Farris, Reporter, JFarris@wfmz.com
Published On: May 02 2013 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: May 03 2013 05:49:55 PM CDT

What you can't see can make you sick, especially when it comes to germs in the bathroom.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

What you can't see can make you sick, especially when it comes to germs in the bathroom.

Soon the Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown will unveil a new exhibit that's designed to gross you out on purpose.

If anyone was ever excited about talking about burping and other bodily functions, it's the Da Vinci Science Center and it's all because of its new exhibit.

"Grossology: the impolite science of the human body. It's all about thing like what is snot? What is poop? What are runny noses?" said Lynn Erickson, Davinci Science Center CEO.

Da Vinci gave us a preview of the exhibit and demonstrated some of grossest mistakes you can make in the bathroom.

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"Putting your purse or your bag on the bathroom floor actually will transfer the bacteria and the germs on the floor onto the bottom of your purse," said St. Luke's manager of infection control and infection Bridget McEnrue.

That's why it's so important to wash your hands.

But there are plenty of other ways to get sick in the bathroom without knowing it.

Rinsing your contacts with water and using the same lens case can cause infections.

Da Vinci says bacteria can also hang out in your shower head.

Even gargling can be a hazard. Da Vinci says mouthwash with more than 25 percent alcohol can increase the risk of mouth and throat cancer.

And last but not least, gals here is another reason to encourage your guy to put the seat down. Leaving it up when you flush can make you sick.

"There are germs in the water and as those evaporate they permeate the air," said Erickson.

Grossology opens at the Da Vinci Science Center May 18th.