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Saturday 9 December 2023 Dublin: 9°C

The Burning Question*: Is it ever OK to use somebody else's toothbrush?

Let distract you from the ‘serious’ news with one of life’s REAL dilemmas. (*not really)

WE KNOW HOW you feel.

It’s Monday, you have the whole week looming ahead, and you have a lot on your plate.

So do like we do here in HQ and get stuck into a serious debate on one of life’s most pressing issues.


This week: We were particularly divided on the rules of this one. Some people were fine with the thought of using their significant other’s toothbrush (“It’s like kissing.”) while others believe it’s more OK to borrow a sibling’s (“We’re, like, the same.”).

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What do you think? Is it ever OK to use another person’s toothbrush?

Poll Results:

No, never, ever, ever. Gross. You're all gross. (2901)
Only my loved one because I kiss him/her (2868)
I'd rather use my finger, thank you very much (1236)
 Yes, it's better than not brushing my teeth (1059)

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