Fans of Japanese tweenage celebrities are mistakenly heartbroken this morning over Twitter-based rumors that Satoshi Tajiri, creator of Pokemon, and Yuko Shimizu, the creator of Hello Kitty, died in yesterday’s tsunami. But on Saturday, the Twitter account for a Japanese fashion news blog tweeted, “Yuko Yamaguchi (Hello Kitty) and Satoshi Tajiri (Pokemon) are still alive. Please stop spreading J-celeb death rumors,” in an attempt to dispel the rumors
Fecal and skin-borne bacteria resistant to antibiotics were found in a seat on a train headed from Daly City to Dublin/Pleasanton.
High concentrations of at least nine bacteria strains and several types of mold were found on the seat. Even after Ms. Franklin cleaned the cushion with an alcohol wipe, potentially harmful bacteria were found growing in the fabric.
He said the cloth seats most likely allowed bacteria to flourish because they were more difficult to clean and disinfect.
James Allison, a BART spokesman, wrote in an e-mail that the findings were “not surprising,” considering that 330,000 commuters rode the trains daily. Last year, the BART police received 1,051 complaints of smoking, eating and drinking; 245 complaints of urinating or defecating; and 56 reports of spitting.