ok..sorta off topic...

  1. this is so gross...dunno if it's true or not..but felt teh need to share...

    If you are a regular traveller 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 interior 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).
    Last edit by sunnygirl272 on Jun 17, '02
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    home care nurse in a county-based certified home health agency, agency wound care guru for the agency


  3. by   CashewLPN
    hmm... if that is the london underground...I wonder what they would find in the NYC subway system...
  4. by   hoolahan
    Oh man, that is gaggable!
  5. by   nightingale
  6. by   Jenny P
    Boy, Sunnygirl, that really sounds like a stretch, doesn't it? What are the seats of the London Underground like? Do they have padding or what? I remember watching a show on TLC about London pick-pockets, and part of it was on the Underground; but I don't remember seeing the seats.

    Hey! Any UK nurses able to clue us in on this?
  7. by   donmurray
    That's definitely an academic question. The few times I've used the Tube, I had to stand all the way!
  8. by   live4today
    If you think that study proved to be funky, guess what is cultured when studies were done on the many grocery store and department store bubble gum and candy machines? Urine for one...
  9. by   shay

    Where's Heather's 'barf' smiley when I need it??

  10. by   Brownms46
    I'm not even going to read above shay's post!! Anytime an expereince nurse says she needs a barf emoticon...I don't want to know anymore:chuckle
    <----------- Me & Shay

  12. by   donmurray
    ROFL! You'll need another 7 to match the Tube!
  13. by   sunnygirl272
    okay..now i have the barf smiley also...can i have the poopie one too? i think heather had that also...
    Ladies and Gentlemen.... let me share with all of you my smiley collection...


    Actually, you can thank Bob for these, he's the one that led me to this site!