We get it. Your wristband is the last thing that physically ties you to the memories of your favorite festival after you leave it. Cutting it loose from your arm officially terminates the experience. Your arm will never be the same after what it went through the previous several days. But still, are these reasons to keep them on for several days/weeks/months/years after the fact? Some say they are worth wearing for conversation starters. But are they really?The answer is a resounding no. Your beloved wristbands are also a breeding environment for several types of bacteria, and contain more than twenty times the bacteria than clothes. Take a moment to imagine what those bracelets have actually gone through, not just at the festival, but also in your everyday life. Gross.Microbiologist Dr. Allison Cottell urges that you take them off immediately. In studying two wristbands that one person had been wearing for two years, she found there to be around 9,000 micrococci and 2,000 staphylococci bacteria on them – that is disgusting. While you might not be guilty of wearing them that long, your skin still accumulates an astounding amount of bacteria from wearing anything longer than a day or two. Furthermore, those bacteria can cause infections and other nasty diseases.Think about it. What if you never took off your socks?Dr Cottell explains: “Although these bacteria are normally found on the skin there was a surprisingly high number growing from the wristbands. A rough ballpark figure would be that the amount of bacteria that grew on wristbands was about 20 times higher than you would expect to find on the sleeve of a piece of clothing that would be regularly laundered.”Read more on Daily Mail.
11 Parry St, Belgian GardensA BELGIAN GARDENS property has sold for $818,500 in four days recording the most expensive sale in nearly a year.The four bedroom, two bathroom house at 11 Parry St sold to a family in the Northern Territory who plan to move to Townsville.The last time a property sold in Belgian Gardens for above $800,000 was in October last year when 12 Parry St sold for $847,000. 11 Parry St was sold by Bayside Realty Townsville owner Mario Torrisi who said it was rare to find a low maintenance, modern home in Belgian Gardens as older homes were more common in the beachside suburb.“It was fairly unique as it was a new home built about four years ago,” he said.“It had everything a family could want like the shed and the pool and it was immaculate.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“The family who bought it are coming here for work and they wanted their children to go to the Belgian Gardens State School.“It sold so quickly that we had to cancel the open homes and I had quite a lot of people wanting to purchase it hoping the sale would fall over.”The house is on a 1036 sqm block and has a chef’s kitchen, open plan living and dining area and outdoor entertaining area.The undercover outdoor area leads out to the in-ground saltwater pool.There is also a double lockup garage with direct entry into the house and a 8m by 8.4m masonry block shed at the rear of the property with electricity.Mr Torrisi who has specialised in selling property in the Belgian Gardens area for 16 years said the suburb had remained popular with buyers.“The average days on market are really low in Belgian Gardens and it has had a bit of a spike in values,” he said.“It’s close the CBD and The Strand but also for a suburb close to the CBD there is no major unit development so you don’t have any high density living.”