As if I wasn’t paranoid enough about using other people’s pens because I know I always end up chewing them, touching doorknobs because I don’t know what’s been on them before, and just generally hating shared bathrooms, this Korean research confirms that cyber cafes are dirty ming-holes too.
Computer mouses found in cyber cafes have been ranked as the second most bacteria-infested items in a list of commonly touched objects.
The survey, carried out by the Korea Consumer Protection Board, found shopping cart handles to be the worst of the worst. Typically, they contain an average of 1100 colony forming units (CFU) of bacteria per 10 sq cm.
The detected bugs include all kinds of bacteria including pathogenic ones.
The Dirty Half Dozen:
1. Shopping cart handles – 1100 CFU per 10 sq cm
2. Internet café computer mouse – 690
3. Bus hand straps – 380 (yes it said bush, but I corrected the typo to save you the inane comments)
4. Public toilet handles and door knobs – 340.
5. Lift buttons at 130
6. Train hand straps – 86
(Found via Digg, quality reading for the entire family!)