Here’s the good news:
They found that San Francisco offices were the cleanest, but the types of bacteria didn’t differ all that much from those found in New York. Tucson, however, had different germs entirely, and the researchers suspect the desert environment is likely the cause.
Here’s the bad news:
Studies have shown that for every cubic meter of air in an office building, there are about a billion bacteria swarming about. Yet very little is actually known about these bacteria, how they get in and where they are most likely to be found.
Wondering what the hell I’m talking about?
Researchers measured bacteria levels at offices in New York, San Francisco, and Tucson to determine both the quantity and type of germs present. According to the study authors, New York and San Francisco had roughly the same germs (although they didn’t note their political preference, propensity to slam the car horn, or feelings about what type of pizza is real pizza) although the offices in San Francisco had far fewer germs. Tucson had strange germs (have you ever been to Arizona? The place is so bizarre it creates politicians that think Sarah Palin would be qualified to be Vice-President. But I digress…) and not only was Tucson filled with strange germs, there were (again) more germs in Tucson than San Francisco.
The researchers let their rational brain get the better of them and theorized that men are bigger and thus shed more germs. Fundamentalists view the study as a rare moment when “science” confirms what they already know, which is that both New York and San Francisco are the work of The Demon (and his assistants, one assumes).
But come on folks, we all know it – we have San Francisco’s legion of well-groomed metrosexual men to thank for our clean(er) offices. So next time you see a well-groomed man in the office, don’t snicker – just say Thanks!