I admit that there are times when you might not want to eat off my kitchen floor. Then again, it’s probably no worse than your damn desk:
Dirty office desks are harbouring germs which can quickly spread among staff as firms are braced for an outbreak of sickness absence through colds and flu, a new report said.
A study of desks by office supplies firm Viking in hundreds of offices across the country found poor levels of hygiene.
Germs were found in almost two-thirds of computer keyboards, while some even had mould growing underneath.
The level of contamination seems to vary with the occupation of the occupant:
Lawyers, accountants and computer workers were said to be the most unhygienic office workers in the country, while social workers were more likely to have mouldy food on their desks.
This story comes from Britain, but I have no reason to think things are any more sanitary on this side of the pond, though I’m quite sure neither of my keyboards have developed any mold despite their advanced age. My IBM Model M at home is 21 years old today, so maybe I’ll buy it a drink. Alcohol has (vaguely) disinfectant properties, you know.
(Via the ever-spotless neo-neocon.)