Friday, August 26, 2005

Subway Strap Keeps Hands Off Grimy, Germ Infested Bars

BOSTON (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Cooties and germs are everywhere in subway cars and city buses, but a new invention is letting commuters get a handle on it.

The so-called TranStrap is a removable strap with handle that commuters hang from an overhead bar on mass transit vehicles so they can keep their hands off the grimy, sweaty bars.

The Boston-based Transtrap Corporation even offers a “reader sling,” that allows book worms to read and hold on at the same time.

Product spokesman Stan Dolberg says “there was definitely a need out there” from commuters who were getting sick – literally sometimes – of putting their hands on slippery bars where thousands of hands had been before.

Consequently, ever since the $16.95 product launched at three weeks ago, Dolberg says people are buying them up in a New York minute.

Dolberg says the low-hanging strap is also having an unintended consequence: It keeps people from putting their arms up too high so “you don’t get that nasty arm pit smell.”

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