Dirtier than the "throne"

By Jim

Ok… not too sure if this is just a stage or something that really exists in real life.  Why?  Well… just take a look at what’s wrong with the photo.  The hands are remarkably clean… the mouse is spotless… and er, well the cigarette doesn’t appear lit at all (no smoke!).  So what’s your guess?

The Guardian takes a special case this week regarding healthy computing.  I think it’s just about the right time.  Oh with all the technology convergence going on in every industry, isn’t it funny that the average PC user would spend at least 3 hours in front of his machine each day? That’s a 1.5 months of our lives in a year when you do the math.  Definitely more time than the time we spend in the gym.

So anyway, The Guardian took a test and swabbed a keyboard as one specimen, and a toilet seat as another.  Guess who turned out nastier.  According to The Guardian:

One of the keyboards in the experiment had to be removed from the office because it was five times dirtier than the lavatory seat and home to 150 times the acceptable limit of bacteria.

Two more of the keyboards had “warning levels” of bacteria, while a further two showed high levels of coliform bacteria, which are associated with fecal matter.

The research showed that the chief culprit for contamination was people eating at their desks and dropping crumbs which lodge between keys and encourage the growth of millions of bacteria.

Other causes included poor personal hygiene, particularly people failing to wash their hands after using the toilet. Dust, which traps moisture, also provides ideal conditions for the growth of bacteria.

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