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    Unhappy London Underground

    If you are a regular traveler on the London Underground, here are some
    facts, which you are going to wish you hadn't read.
    During autumn of 2000, a team of scientists at the Department of Forensics
    at University College London removed a row of passenger seats from a Central
    Line tube carriage for analysis into cleanliness. Despite
    London Underground's claim that the interiors of their trains are cleaned on
    a regular basis, the scientists made some alarming discoveries.
    The analysis was broken down. This is what was found on the surface of the
    seats:
    * 4 types of hair sample (human, mouse, rat, dog)
    * 7 types of insect (mostly fleas, mostly alive)
    * vomit originating from at least 9 separate people
    * human urine originating from at least 4 separate people
    * human excrement
    * rodent excrement
    * human semen
    When the seats were taken apart, they found:
    * the remains of 6 mice
    * the remains of 2 large rats
    * 1 previously unheard of fungus
    It is estimated that by holding one of the armrests, you are transferring,
    to your body, the natural oils and sweat from as many as 400 different
    people.
    It is estimated that it is generally healthier to smoke five cigarettes a
    day than to travel for one hour a day on the London Underground.
    It is far more hygienic to wipe your hand on the inside of a recently
    flushed toilet bowl before eating, than to wipe your hand on a London
    Underground seat before eating.
    It is estimated that, within London, more work sick-days are taken because
    of bugs picked up whilst travelling on the London Underground than for any
    other reason (including alcohol)

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    ewwwwwwww

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    Good thing its lunch time.
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    but only for your enemy\"
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    Mmmmmmmmmmmmm. Lunch...
    Mankind have a great aversion to intellectual labor; but even supposing knowledge to be easily attainable, more people would be content to be ignorant than would take even a little trouble to acquire it.
    - Samuel Johnson

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    that's one of the reasons why London isn't on my 'Places to Visit' list

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    First off, the five cigarettes comment probably assumes that you get sick after contact with the seat, which is just a possibility. Anyhoo, the reason they can identify that stuff is because they have ludicrously precise tests that can detect extremely small quantities. In fact, where I am, they had a test so precise and accurate that it could detect the chemicals in birth control in our drinking water. As for the other statistics about people getting sick, I would hazard a guess that contact with people at work would be much more likely to cause illness. Although, I still admit that the rat corpse thing is gross.
    Elen alcarin ar gwath halla n engwar.

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    Hey, if you have to place cables in a server room false floor you can pick up diseases too. The airco spreads many, many bad things...

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    Originally posted here by VictorKaum
    Hey, if you have to place cables in a server room false floor you can pick up diseases too. The airco spreads many, many bad things...
    I can relate to this. I found everything from dead rodents to condoms under those floor panels. Not to mention the 3 inches of dust and the empty pop cans.

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    That is so gross. Yuck.

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    Hmm, ever found the dead body of someone who pissed off the BOFH in there?
    Elen alcarin ar gwath halla n engwar.

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