Teen licks subway station handrail for just $1

Teen licking a subway handrail 
By: Debbie Gross 

(Scroll down for video) A teen showed off how he can lick a New York subway handrail for just $1.

This young person sought to draw attention by licking the handrail that was touched by countless riders throughout the day.

Once he reached the bottom of the handrail, he proudly showed off the one dollar bill he won for licking the germs.

"That's disgusting," said one witness to the camera.

And he's right. Hands often harbor gross bacteria loads that originate from the nose, ears and mouth, as well as remnants of feces and skin.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the combination of the flu and pneumonia is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. because influenza can spread bacteria on the surfaces it touches, such as what your coworker touching you after wiping her child's nose in a run before work.

You can also get infected from the housekeeper because she cleans the bathrooms. Logically, dirty hands are highly suspect in the spread of the disease.

Every time your hands come into contact with the face it increases your chances of becoming sick from bacteria, as bacteria can reproduce every twenty minutes.

So licking a handrail would be quite a stupid thing to do.