Here is a music video about handwashing that features a flying bar of soap. You're welcome.

Washing your hands is one of easiest, most affordable ways to prevent the spread of disease.


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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, washing your hands could potentially protect one out of every three children who get sick with diarrhea and nearly one in five who contract respiratory infections — often lethal diagnoses for young children around the globe.

To raise awareness this effective practice, October 15 is Global Handwashing Day.

Since 2008, leaders from around the world have participated in Global Handwashing Day to raise awareness about the importance of clean hands. Local organizers, including governments, private corporations, and nonprofits, hold events to build sinks, install handwashing devices called tippy taps, and host demonstrations to teach proper handwashing techniques.

Student participate in Global Handwashing Day events at their primary school in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2012. Photo by Greg Marinovich/Getty Images for Unilever.

But how do you make handwashing fun and exciting for kids? With an addictive pop song of course!

OK OK OK, I know, I know — a lot of activist groups have tried to make fun, quirky, catchy music videos for numerous causes before, and they're always a bit, well, lame. But this is not one of those videos. It's got pulsing drums, gripping fight scenes, and elaborate costumes.

And I haven't felt compelled to dance this hard since the first time I heard "Single Ladies." To say it plain, this song is a freaking masterpiece.

Composed and performed by Almoda Rana Uprety of Nepal for Global Handwashing Day, this catchy number, "Kina Udcha Sabunman," encourages kids to fly like Sabunman (Soap Man) and defeat evil dirt monsters by washing their hands before they eat and after they play or use the bathroom.

The translated lyrics are nothing short of poetry:

How can Sabunman fly?

All GIFs via Paul J. de Ridder/YouTube.

Why is his body so strong?

Because before eating a meal / he washes his hands with soap and water.

And yes, while the words are a bit on the nose, the video is funny, full of action and perfect for kids.

Because if the catchy tune, superheroes, and excellent displays of good hygiene don't get you, the choreography will.

One Direction, eat your heart out.

While the sudsy song clocks in around three minutes, you only need to scrub your hands for 20 seconds to get them clean. But good luck turning the song off at the 20-second mark because this wildly addictive tune will be in your head every time you lather up for the rest of the day, if not week, at least.

So celebrate Global Handwashing Day the Sabunman way: by being a hero and washing your hands.

Check out the video for yourself here:

Albert Einstein

One of the strangest things about being human is that people of lesser intelligence tend to overestimate how smart they are and people who are highly intelligent tend to underestimate how smart they are.

This is called the Dunning-Kruger effect and it’s proven every time you log onto Facebook and see someone from high school who thinks they know more about vaccines than a doctor.

The interesting thing is that even though people are poor judges of their own smarts, we’ve evolved to be pretty good at judging the intelligence of others.

“Such findings imply that, in order to be adaptive, first impressions of personality or social characteristics should be accurate,” a study published in the journal Intelligence says. “There is accumulating evidence that this is indeed the case—at least to some extent—for traits such as intelligence extraversion, conscientiousness, openness, and narcissism, and even for characteristics such as sexual orientation, political ideology, or antigay prejudice.”

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Created with the holiday spirit in every way, it has whimsical snowball fights, snow angels (basically all the snow things), festive sweaters, iconic throwbacks and twinkling lights galore. Plus all profits from the tune are dedicated to two charities: the Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

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