''Taxi Driver'''s Robert De Niro is inaccurate on the creepy composition of dust

By William Keck
Updated November 17, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST

Men of Honor

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”Men of Honor” raises a burning question

Q. In Men of Honor, Hal Holbrook’s hyper-neat Navy commanding officer, Mr. Pappy, tells diver Billy Sunday (Robert De Niro): ”Ordinary house dust is composed mainly of human skin…. Makes you think twice about who you invite into your home.” Ewww. Is this fleshy factoid true?

A. Absolutely not. Here’s the real dirt: ”A very small percentage of dust is shed skin; the majority of it is elements from the environment,” says Dr. David Rish, associate clinical professor of dermatology at UCLA. ”Our skin rejuvenates every month, but most dead skin goes down the drain when we shave and bathe.” Maybe so, but we’ll never look at a dust bunny quite the same way.

Edited by Kristen Baldwin

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Men of Honor

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