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Hollywood, CA: Mann Grauman's Chinese Theatre is One of Top Five "Germiest" Tourist Spots Worldwide According to TripAdvisor.com

Posted on Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 10:53 AM

Mann Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California is one of the top five "germiest" tourist destinations in the world, according to the editors of TripAdvisor.com, a travel advice web site. The theater is a popular tourist destination because of the hundreds of celebrity handprints and footprints pressed into concrete on its forecourt.

I couldn't find a report on TripAdvisor.com itself, but CNN ran the story and it's available online:

The sidewalk is littered with 246 celebrity hand and footprints that draw in 4.5 million visitors a year, many of whom put their own hands and feet on them. The site began as an accident in 1927 when Norma Talmadge, a famous actress 1920s, stepped into wet cement. Creator and owner of the theater, Sid Grauman, decided to make the hand and footprints a tradition.

"The stars are selected based on the longevity of their career," said Levi Tinker, a tour guide at the Grauman Theatre. "Stars who will be around 10 to 20 years from now are picked so people know who they are."

So, if you want to put your hands in George Clooney's, you may want to pack the hand sanitizer. The good news is that the tour guide says the concrete is mopped daily and pressure washed once a week.

Click on the Read link below to see what other four tourist spots are the "germiest."

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