As anyone who's currently spilling Cheeto dust into the crevices of their keyboard knows, modern life is full of traps for all sorts of nasty crud. Still, you'd think the eyeball test could give you a good sense of what's clean and what isn't, like how you'd trust the bathroom at a fancy restaurant more than one at a Burger King that looks like it was last cleaned during the Carter administration. But, at least in the following cases, looks can be horribly, horribly deceiving.
The Back Seat Of Your Rideshare Is Way Dirtier Than A Taxi
Most Uber drivers go to great lengths to make their cars look clean. They're polished to a shine inside and out, there are no piles of dirty laundry in the back seat, and if you're lucky, you might even get a neatly organized selection of mints and candies. But, much like Uber's attempt to present themselves as non-exploitative, those efforts are all surface-level. A rideshare vehicle has an estimated 219 times the bacteria of a taxi. See, taxis are given a deep clean on a regular basis, while an Uber or Lyft car is given a quick once-over to disguise the fact that it was carting around three dogs and two sticky kids half an hour before it picked you up.
There are a couple of big caveats here, as the study was tiny and 219 times the bacteria doesn't mean that you're 219 times more likely to get sick, given that the vast majority of bacteria is harmless. But while catching a ride home from the bar isn't going to give you Turbo Anthrax, it wouldn't hurt to wipe down or wash up afterward, in case one of the day's previous 20-30 passengers was inadvertently cosplaying as Sneezy. Window buttons and seat belts are particular hot spots, which is unfortunate, because most safety experts agree that while getting sick is bad for you, getting hurled through a windshield during a collision is even worse.