The first few questions involve a recent news report reported by John Scalzi in "By the Way." If the story itself didn't have you double checking the products in your house, maybe these questions will.
How many products throughout your home are labelled "antibacterial."
Probably three dozen or so. Not counting my field surgery supplies. I love amputations in the morning...
2. As a general rule, and assuming any required knocking on wood, how often do you get anything more serious than a sniffle or mild cold?
Once or twice a year. With one functioning lung and a compromised immune system, illness is part of life. Then again, life is a crap shoot and I'm the ivories, most of the time.
3. John Scalzi ran this story about research that suggests the increased use of "antibacterial" products aren't necessary for people who are generally healthy, and might be causing the creation of "superbugs" that are resistant to antibiotics. Are you more likely to avoid these products after reading about studies like this?
No. I like liquid soap. I handle animals and food stuffs frequently enough to appreciate a reduction in food-borne illness. As one who must use metformin, I spend enough time on the john with liquid diarhrea – why add to the problem?
4. Take this quiz: Will you pass the U.S. Citizenship Test?
You Passed the US Citizenship Test
Congratulations - you got 9 out of 10 correct!
5. Now that the gas prices have dropped just a little (but nowhere near enough), what's the most you've paid for a gallon of gas so far? $3.569
6. READER'S CHOICE QUESTION #76 from Psychfun: What was your favorite cereal as a kid? When was the last time you had a bowl of it? Corn Pops. Had some back in June or July, I think. Not supposed to eat sweetened cereals. So it goes.