Saturday, December 12, 2015

Mr. Monk's Nightmare! The bacteria living On New York City Subways

Recently the Huffington Post published a story with about the different types of bacteria found on New York City subway cars- It's really Mr. Monk's nightmare. You'll want to wear gloves and wash your clothes next time you come home from riding a subway (or a bus) in any city!!

What bacteria living beneath New York City on the Subway?

A stunning new portrait series reveals an up-close glimpse of the germs growing in New York City's subway cars.
Brooklyn-based artist Craig Ward rode the city's 22 subway lines this past summer and used sterilized sponges to collect bacterial samples from hand rails, seats and other surfaces. He pressed the bacteria into petri dishes coated with agar, incubated them and then photographed them at various stages of development.
Ward identified some harmless bacteria that are typically found in human saliva, sweat and skin. For instance, about 75 percent of what he imaged was bacteria native to a human hand, he said. But he also found some more disturbing bacterial species, such as E. coli and a few strains of staphylococcus, New York magazine reported.
A study published in the journal Cell Systems earlier this year showed that more than 500 species of bacteria, including some from foods and some known to cause illness, can be found in the Big Apple's subways.
"I just think they make for an excellent visual analogy for the diversity of the city at large," Ward told HuffPost.
"And I hope, after the initial wince, that people will find a little beauty in there," he said. "It’s only natural, though, that people are taking more away from the contents of the dishes as opposed to the images, but I think as a body of work they make for an interesting and memorable series of photographs."
Scroll down to see some of the bacteria featured in Ward's series, "Subvisual Subway."
  • An up-close look at some of the bacterial species found in New York City's subway trains.
  • Microbial residents of the G train, containing E. coli, salmonella, Micrococcus luteus and Bacillus subtilis.
  • Microbial residents of the D train, containing E. Coli, Staphylococcus aureus and mold.
  • Microbrial residents of the 7 train, containing Staphylococcus aureus and Micrococcus luteus.
  • Microbial residents of the Z train, containing Proteus vulgaris, commonly found in fecal matter.
  • Microbial residents of the L train, containing E. coli, Proteus mirabilis, Micrococcus luteus, Bacillus subtilis and Serratia marcescens.
  • Microbial residents of the S train, containing E. coli, salmonella and Staphylococcus aureus.
  • Microbial residents of the 4, 5, 6 and 6 express trains, some containing Streptococcus agalactiae.
    Microbial residents of G, L, S and 7 trains.

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next