This week’s attention grabber in the New York Times, is an article “Don’t Forget to Floss. (But, Please, Not on the Subway)” by Lion Calandra. The accompanying cartoon features a man sitting on a crowded subway with a length of floss in his teeth. Of course, I’m excited to see anyone floss – no matter where! But I guess the article does have a point – public flossing is unsanitary. The flosser pulls up plaque and bacteria that can be infectious. And to make matters worse, the flossers often toss the used floss on the floor.
The writer lists other personal grooming activities that are better done in private: like clipping fingernails, plucking eyebrows, squeezing pimples – all of which she has witnessed on the Long Island Rail Road or New York City subways. The author blames YouTube for taking private moments and opening them up for public viewing. So what to do? Obligatory classes for adults on personal grooming and public health? A special railroad car reserved for personal grooming – like we used to have smoking cars reserved for smokers? What next? See http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/09/public-grooming-stirs-vigorous-debate/?scp=1&sq=shapiro%20floss&st=cse