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Careful! Your keyboard might be as dirty as your toilet seat 小心!鍵盤可能和馬桶坐墊一樣髒

Careful what you touch! A computer is on display at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California, US, on Aug. 7, 2007.
小心你接觸的東西!去年八月七日,一台在美國加州庫比提諾的蘋果電腦總部展示的電腦。照片:歐新社

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Do you ever surf the Internet while having a snack? You might want to think about washing your hands before you eat.

Computer keyboards can house millions of bacteria, a study has shown. Some keyboards have more filth on them than the average toilet seat.

A scientist in England examined samples from 33 keyboards and found a variety of germs. The germs can cause diarrhoea and vomiting.

The scientist checked a lavatory seat and a toilet door handle for comparison. One of the keyboards in the experiment was five times dirtier than the toilet seat. The keyboard was home to 150 times the acceptable limit of bacteria.

“I haven’t seen a reading like that in a very long time — it was off the scale,” said James Francis, the scientist.

The research showed that the main reason for the bacteria was people eating at their desks. Crumbs that are dropped can land between keys and encourage the growth of millions of bacteria.

Another cause was poor. For example, some people don’t wash their hands after going to the bathroom then use their computers.


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你曾經邊上網邊吃零食嗎?你或許應該洗過手再吃東西。

一項研究發現,電腦鍵盤可能藏有數百萬細菌,有些鍵盤甚至比馬桶坐墊還髒。

一位英國的科學家採樣了三十三個鍵盤檢查,結果在裡面發現了各式各樣的細菌,這些細菌可能會使人腹瀉和嘔吐。

這位科學家還檢測了一個馬桶坐墊和一個廁所門把做為比較,實驗中有一個鍵盤的骯髒程度是馬桶坐墊的五倍,這個鍵盤上的細菌含量是可接受值的一百五十倍。

這名科學家詹姆斯.法蘭西斯說:「我很久沒看過這種數據了,含菌量遠遠超過標準。」

這項研究顯示,鍵盤之所以會滋生細菌是因為使用者在桌上吃東西,食物碎屑可能會掉到鍵盤縫隙間,進而助長數百萬細菌的繁殖。

另一個原因是個人衛生習慣不佳,例如有些人上完廁所後沒有洗手就直接使用電腦。

(衛報�翻譯:袁星塵)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. bacteria n.

細菌 (xi4 jun4)

例: You can use an open flame to kill bacteria.

(你可以用明火來殺菌消毒。)

2. filth n.

骯髒 (ang1 zang1)

例: He came back from the trip covered in filth.

(旅行回來的他渾身髒兮兮。)

3. acceptable adj.

可忍受的 (ke2 ren3 shou4 de5)

例: The way she behaved isn't acceptable.

(她的態度令人無法忍受。)

4. personal hygiene n. phr.

個人衛生 (ge4 ren2 wei4 sheng1)

例: It's important that kids learn about personal hygiene.

(讓學童了解個人衛生觀念很重要。)


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