Piss on Airport Carpets
Isn't urine sterile anyway? Sure, there are loads of nasty substances that get tracked around public places, but why bother worrying about them. The general precautions of washing your hands, staying relatively clean are good enough for most folks. The alternative of encasing oneself in a sterile bubble is generally not feasible in most world travel situations.
partymarty4870 wrote:the same could be said for any public space really - and don't swim in the sea because thats where fish go to the toilet
It's where we all go to the toilet. The ocean's downstream from everyone!
Urine is basically sterile, which is why it is recommended that if you are low on clean water, you can use piss to clean off your wound as a last resort. Again- this is by experts on survival.
Secondly, if one demands a sterile bubble around one all the time, it is shown that said people tend to get much sicker when they DO get sick as a result of non-exposure to small amounts of microbes that the immune system needs to learn to handle.
There are way too many tales of 'careful' travellers in third world countries that went nuts making sure they didn't get exposed to alien germs, or even germs in their own country, but then had a salad with minimal amounts of foriegn microbes or ice cubes, result being a bad stomach when more careless people go along just fine not being particularly finicky.
If the carpet of an airport is bad, I shudder to think of the bacterial load of say, sleeping on the ground on a camping trip. Wow.
NOw, if you're talking about blood contamination, or swapping spit or bodily fluids with some foriegn or domestic partner, thats where the real contamination comes in, along with contact with a dead body or dead animal, and lastly, just shaking hands and then touching ones mouth. Much more scary than any given carpet.
Also, don't swim in bodies of water where there is an effluent pipe nearby, or drink water known to carry cholera..dysentery... That means the Jersey beach sometimes, since at times the bacteria count in that water can be sketchy as well.
Its not just travel... Must learn to balance your awareness of risks...
But I am not going to lose sleep over the fact that other people do it. By all means, go ahead, if it makes you catch up on some shut eye. I will opt for an uncomfortable airport chair over a floor with urine or whatever else may be tracked on it.
To all others, I respect your right to rest your head on whatever you like.
That is a good point, and I do think it is nasty to be sleeping or laying on someones piss.
But you're not. There are only minute traces, much as you most certainly sleep on someones crap when someone farts under the blankets.
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