We are Wash-your-hands-of-rational-thought-ingtons

by editor on December 15, 2010

Wow. Just wow. This is what passes for rational government spending in the Age of Obama.

The Washington State Department of Health developed this moronic ad campaign. They spent good money, money the citizens of Washington worked hard to earn, on a commercial called – are you ready? – Washyourhandsington!

We just hope they washed their hands after pissing away all that money.

Watch and be amazed that some bureaucrat thought this was a good idea.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOj3rku0lrA

Video Transcript:

Music:

We love soap so much, we scrub for fun.

We are WashYourHandsington (clap clap)

Yes we are WashYourhandsington (clap clap)



Announcer:
 Visit Washyourhandsington where people wash their hands, cover their cough, and get
the flu vaccine



Music:

This is the state of the evergreen

And impeccable hygiene (clap clap)

We love it when our hands are clean (clap clap)



Announcer:
 WashYourhandsingtonians are always friendly and germ-free.
They love to give
high-fivers, not high fevers.



Music:

We cover our coughs, every single one

We are WashYourHandsington (cough clap)

Yes we are WashYourhandsington (clap clap)



Announcer:
 Get Vaccinated. Stop the flu.
Brought to you by the Washington State Department of Health.

H/T: Ace of Spades

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CO2 Insanity December 15, 2010 at 4:59 pm

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And their next commercial may be………

Music:

We love condoms so much, we wear them for fun.

We are WearYourCondomton (no clap clap)

Yes we are WearYourCondomton (no clap clap)



Announcer:
 Visit WearYourCondomton where people wear their condoms, cover their wieners, and don’t get the clap

Music:

This is the state of the nevergreen weenies

And impeccable hygiene (no clap clap)

We love it when our wieners are clean (clap clap)



Announcer:
 WearYourCondomtonians are always friendly and clap-free.
They love to give
 high-risers, not diseaes.



Music:

We cover our wieners, every single one

We are WearYourCondomton (no clap clap)

Yes we are WearYourCondomton (no clap clap)



Announcer:
 Get a condom. Stop the clap. 
Brought to you by the Washington State Department of Health.

Keith in Seattle December 15, 2010 at 5:18 pm

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And I’m ashamed to say I live in Seattle. These tools are stupid beyond belief.

RKae December 15, 2010 at 8:53 pm

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I live in Tacoma. I’m still ashamed.

Sam Phillips February 15, 2011 at 7:01 pm

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I live in Marysville. I’m also ashamed.

RockingHorseGuy February 19, 2011 at 10:03 am

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Hell, I live in San Diego and I’m ashamed.

michaelht1 December 15, 2010 at 5:38 pm

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yet another reason this state in such deep trouble, a state government that just knows that spending is the answer, drivers license to illegals, social security for alcoholics, never ending tax increases and new taxes and now this moronic ad, as soon as I can sell my house I am out of this state.

perlcat December 15, 2010 at 7:19 pm

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Good dog!

matthw s harrison December 15, 2010 at 5:44 pm

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anyone who gets a flu shot is an idiot ! ! ! ! !

Administrator December 15, 2010 at 5:54 pm

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Uh Oh.

perlcat December 15, 2010 at 7:29 pm

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Ruh Roh.

They make me for my work. It’s a good job, and a small price to pay for it.

It is true that getting the flu shot is a crap shoot — they can’t cover all the different strains going around. Sometimes, the annual flu shot has made me sick. Still, if you work in infrastructure or around at risk people, or manage a vitally important website that I really like, I highly recommend it.

RockingHorseGuy February 19, 2011 at 10:05 am

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Never got a flu shot, never got the flu. Ok, if I use liberal statistical analysis methods, that must mean the the flu shot gives you the flu, right?

Gregory Tart December 15, 2010 at 5:50 pm

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Washington State? Where’s the one about remembering to use AJAX on the syringe before you share it with your party guests

Ruben December 15, 2010 at 6:16 pm

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Does this mean Germ-ans are unwelcome in WA?

TednP December 15, 2010 at 6:24 pm

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No worries, it was subsidized by big pharma.

Elrond Hubbard December 15, 2010 at 6:41 pm

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Wash your hands, cover your mouth when you sneeze, get a flu shot: my mother taught me all those health basics. But, as the First Lady reminded us just the other day, parents are no longer competent to raise children. So the Washington Department of big Brotherhood has come to the rescue with this inane, million dollar campaign to show us proles how these things are done. Thank God they didn’t get into the proper use of toilet paper.

California, Washington, Oregon: what the hell is wrong with the West Coast? Oh yeah, Democrat rule.

DJ February 7, 2011 at 7:08 pm

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“California, Washington, Oregon: what the hell is wrong with the West Coast? Oh yeah, Democrat rule.”

We’re unfortunately located on the LEFT coast!

flashingscotsman December 11, 2012 at 10:25 am

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The only reason they haven’t gotten into the proper use of toilet paper is that the lefties don’t KNOW proper use of toilet paper.

SC December 15, 2010 at 8:09 pm

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Anyone notice how less effective coughing into the crook of your elbow must be compared to your hands (Which should be washed every second) when the germs are still flying all over everyone… Stop with the High Fives and cough into your hands and then wash them (clap clap)…

toocoldinwa December 15, 2010 at 9:12 pm

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Urine is sterile. All they had to do was pee on themselves.

michaelht1 December 16, 2010 at 4:33 am

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Not to worry, the state does that on us continually, but insists it’s rain.

Ray December 16, 2010 at 8:12 am

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Washington — where ads are designed by politicians and bureaucrats and everyone thinks they’re an art director.

YT December 16, 2010 at 9:02 am

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This isn’t so bad considering how far our society/culture has fallen.

At least is wasn’t this public service announcement (Warning: Bad language)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlKL_EpnSp8

laisseefairett December 17, 2010 at 12:06 pm

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Can anyone say “1984″. Is there anyone, above the age of three who does not know to wash their hands regularly or anyone below the age of 1000, who isn’t mysophobic, who doesn’t think that excessive washing of hands depletes our immune system.Another example of Big Brother/Sister treating the subjects like morons.

Jasmine February 7, 2011 at 1:59 am

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I live in Washington, Tacoma to be exact, and I LOVE this commercial. All of you guys are being a little mean about it. I think it’s cute and it’s very true, washing your hands is such a good way to prevent diseases!

whiskeyriver February 7, 2011 at 8:26 am

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Quit drinking the kool-aid child, grab an adult beverage if you are old enough. The whole point here is since your state is broke, no money, can’t afford to squat, is this a good way to spend the money your state gooberment does not have?

Besides, it’s all a bunch of government and drug company crap. The only flu shot I ever got, the “Swine Flu” was going to kill everone, was in 1975 and I was in the military and had no choice. I had never been so sick before, I have never been as sick since. I can count on one hand how many times I have had the flu and I am pushing 60 years old.

Why worry about washing your hands after you use the restroom unless you shit in your hands? That is another myth the sellers of soap, bleach, pine cleaners, Mr. Clean, Charmin, Lysol, all companies that try to get you to buy their product, want you to believe. If you don’t get rid of “germs” you will die from some deadly, nasty illness! Bull patties, it just ain’t true.

People are so worried about “germs” that they have killed off the “germs” that can create natural immunization within your own body.

alien February 7, 2011 at 10:21 am

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Your stellar immune system aside, even the soldier’s handbook instructs recruits to wash their hands regularly, even if you haven’t smeared sh-t all over ‘em. Some amount of disease prevention saves money. I’m not a big fan of anti-microbial products either, but since so many people pass germs around via filthy hands, a little public education isn’t a big deal.

whiskeyriver February 7, 2011 at 3:06 pm

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“a little public education isn’t a big deal.”? Are you kidding me? In this day of modern communication, enlightenment, publik edukation, the Al Gore internet, are you saying that there are still people out there so damn dumb they don’t know they need to wash their hands once in a while? And the nanny state of Washington has to waste tens of thousands of tax payers dollars to remind its citizens to wash their hands?

Money the state could be using for other things, like paying doctors to examine poor folks that cannot afford to go to the doctors office for a checkup. Money that could be used to pay for medications for poor folks that cannot afford it is being spent on a stupid commerical and you think this is a good idea?

Like I said, I can count on one hand the number of times I have been so sick I could not get out of bed and go to work, or school when I was younger, and I did not wash my hands every time I had to shake with Willy.

alien February 7, 2011 at 3:57 pm

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Yeah i’m saying that. Dumb, or Lazy.. Again, why would it be in the soldier’s handbook?

Why do i have to tell my kids to wash their hands all the time? Cuz they’re kids. Now, think about kids that have dumb parents.. Maybe a friendly reminder from.. uh.. Big Brother could be useful?

It seems to be getting better, but still: http://www.livescience.com/health/hand-washing-public-restrooms-survey-100913.html I’ve seen other studies of this kind.

Not worth ranting about. Maybe we should have corporate sponsorship to defray the cost? Surewhynot..?

whiskeyriver February 8, 2011 at 3:31 pm

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Bullshit! Plain and simple, you are full of crap. I was raised on a farm/ranch operation, we grew feed crops, raised cattle, hogs and chickens, and our hands were “dirty” all the time. If I was pulling weeds out of our garden and a carrot “accidently” got pulled instead, I wiped the dirt off the carrot with my dirty hands and ate it! It was a good carrot too! And, it did not kill me or give me some horrible sickness.

When working with the livestock we got peed on, shit on, wallowed around in the dirt in the corrals, and rarely got sick enough to worry about. When we did our bodies built a natural defense against whatever bug it was and none of us had a problem afterwards.

The whole point here is we do not need to be wasting our money, the taxpayers money, on commercials that tell people what they already know. And if there are a few out there so dumb that they have to be “reminded” to wash their stinking ass and hands once in a while then who cares. Let them croak from some horrible sickness and thin out the welfare pool. Which ain’t gonna happen and that is why this is a waste of taxpayers money! Do you get the point? Do I need to keep explaining to you why this is a waste of funds needed in other places?

alien February 8, 2011 at 4:19 pm

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Chill out, hoss.. I don’t want you to blow a gasket.

Lets set aside that you are saying the Army is full of crap for its extensive section on hygiene in the soldier’s handbook, including handwashing. I distinctly remember laughing at the detailed toothbrush instructions with my buddies.

Now my daddy grew up on farms, in both TN & PA. Like you he was farmboy gone military. I spent quite a bit of time down there with my brother in the barns, chasing cattle and getting in trouble for it, stepping in fresh cowpies running down the hill, shooting dragonflies with BB guns at my granddad’s pond..

No i didn’t get sick doing that either. I didn’t get sick when i was real little and stumbled into a beehive, and I didn’t get sick playing in the dirt.

You know what will get you sick though? Someone’s greasy snotty smear they left on a doorknob. Unwashed hands preparing your food. Maybe its more city stuff, i dunno. The fact is, its far easier to catch something from another human then from an animal or from the dirt.

I’ll concede you are an amazingly healthy dude, with an enviable immune system. You are an Olympian, sir. But not everyone is so lucky.

Now, you ignored my statement about “kids”. Does “let them croak from some horrible sickness and thin out the welfare pool” apply to KIDS who’s parents are too neglectful to drill basic hygeine into them? Did you even look at the link? Its more than a handful.

DJ February 8, 2011 at 10:57 pm

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Oh, jeez! What a waste of money! I’m sooooo glad my tax $$$ went for this BS ad.

I’ve never understood how people can’t grasp the basic concept of washing your hands after using the bathroom! JUST DO IT, PEOPLE!

Having had to get a Hepatitis A vaccine at the 11th hour because a co-worker couldn’t figure out how to wash the sh*t off his hands before preparing food, this just gets to me! I have seen and heard it all and by far, the worst offenders are the foreigners, no matter where they hail from, although Americans are a close second. I’ve seen 50% of women (even with kids in tow) not wash their hands in the restroom and I’ve seen employees and co-workers not wash their hands, and I’ve reported them as well. Then there’s a friend who witnessed a relative change a dirty diaper and promptly went to make a sandwich…no hand washing! Nothing is more disgusting, and dangerous.
As a side note, one of the lost lessons on e.coli contamination was that there was a little boy (2 yrs?) who died as a result of fecal matter transfer to the mouth, NOT from eating under cooked hamburger (1993 Jack in the Box).

To get the message out about proper hygiene, the WA Dept of Health (D’OH!), needs to find a shorter and pointed slogan…not some stupid, vapid song that no one will remember. Plus, how many other languages is it sung to? Dozens, like on our ballots? I think not.

Friggin’ morons.

Caroline February 9, 2011 at 1:12 pm

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Ok, I agree that this wasn’t the best use of state funds, but come on, the commercial is a hoot. It makes me laugh every time I hear it. I bet it resonated with at least some kids.

Sigma Blues February 19, 2011 at 5:46 am

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i hate how my hard earned money went into something that ends becoming annoying… its on every hour on the hour and i wanna destroy it. yes its good that we are teaching the youngin’s about being safe with germs….. but if you really wanna get the message across teach the fucking parents who dont raise their kids properly. im 21, have only been majorly sick twice, flu both times (because i kissed a guy who was sick with the flu). the last time i got sick was about 7 years ago now…

im around all kinds of nasty shit, it’s my job. i was raised well, but thats only because my parents are old, and know a shit load of stuff…. the kids nowadays are getting pregnant around age 16 and dont know shit because they are still children themselves……

im not saying that this video awareness crap isnt a good idea, they just could’ve put a little more thought into it so that it wasn’t so annoying… so it actually got into the brains of kids… sure its cool that the song gets stuck in your head but do people really pay attention to it??

i can honestly say that our retarded state (congress) is just wasting our money… if they wanna use my tax dollars to make bullshit, i want it back.
i live in white swan, and i wish white swan was in a different state ….

DJ February 19, 2011 at 5:31 pm

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“…i was raised well, but that’s only because my parents are old, and know a shit load of stuff….”

Too funny!

Yes, it’s been proven time and again. The older our parents get, the smarter they become.

Joel March 8, 2011 at 9:48 pm

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Doesn’t it sound like a rush song to anyone else?

ncdave4life December 11, 2012 at 6:09 am

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I confess that I like the silly, campy WashYourHandsingTon ad.

I know that government is much bigger and nosier and more expensive than it should be, and I admit that this ad is frivolous. But it is imaginative and memorable and possibly even a tiny bit useful, which distinguishes it from most products of government enterprise.

Sadly, with Washington State now a magnet for potheads, usefulness and creativity are on the way out. Sell your Microsoft stock, buy Apple or Google. It seems likely that, other than the Seattle Symphony, the WashYourHandsingTon ad might represent the high point of Washington State culture.

On the bright side, though, maybe some of our NC potheads will move west. Make ‘em feel welcome, please.

BTW, the old link doesn’t work anymore; here’s the ad:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jhwyAsZAvo