Monday, January 30, 2012

The Case of the Runaway Sponge


"Where is the sponge," you kept asking. Over and over. As if it were some mystery or something. So we replaced the sponge yesterday, and today this, THIS, is where I find the new sponge. But in a fetid tub of water.

The poor thing already it smells of the brackish water you left it in. Don't you know that when you leave a sponge wet, it GROWS bacteria?!?
And what grows in a tub full of dirty dishwater? Bacteria. And THEN when you wipe down counter tops, or suck on said sponge out of nervous habit, you're spreading GERMS. And yes, Clark, germs are bad. And if you don't believe me, let's just look at this article on WebMD:

"Allow [sponges] to dry out between uses because most bacteria thrive only in moistness," says Neil Schachter, MD, medical director of respiratory care at Mount Sinai in New York City, and the author of The Good Doctor's Guide to Colds and Flu.

How long does it take for bacteria to replicate?: In 24 hours, 1 bacterium will be come 8 million bacteria

How many bacteria does it take to become ill?

10 bacteria to millions of bacteria.

So run, Clark, you might be asking yourself, "But how, HOW can I survive this scourge of the home, this permanently wet sponge?"

Well, Clark, you're in luck because Dr. Schachter has the answer:

"Wiping your counters or dishes with a dirty sponge will only transfer the bacteria from one item to another. "Wet your sponge and then pop it in the microwave for two minutes to eliminate the germs that lurk inside the crevices."

So to bring an end to the mystery, the missing sponge didn't just disappear, Clark — it ran away. Our investigative team turned up this comforting photo. Look how dry and curious Sal is, surrounded by nature. Don't you feel better now?

- Your Housemate

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