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
- 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 traveling on the London Underground
than for any other reason (including alcohol).